Cloud servers have the ability to remould the way organisations work, share information and deliver services. For many businesses the technology can be very powerful, for others it will probably end up on their ‘nice-to-have’ list and for some it is just not possible due to factors such as regulations.
This article aims to outline factors that influence a decision to move business servers to the cloud in order to help your own decision-making process when it’s time to upgrade your infrastructure.
What is a cloud server?
A cloud server is simply a device located externally from your premises, typically within a secure data-centre, that you connect to via an internet connection. It can be used in exactly the same way as a regular on-site server.
Rapid Scalability and Flexibility
Cloud servers are agile. They can rapidly adapt in size and processing power in line with your workload. With a traditional on-site server, scaling is possible but is often time consuming, costly and usually requires considerable planning. Some organisations may even incur bottlenecks in productivity if their infrastructure is not able to keep pace with their operational demands.
If you are a growing organisation or have a fluctuating workload, a cloud server could be the perfect solution for you.
The applications and data stored in the cloud can be accessed by all your users no matter where they are in the world. This has obvious benefits for organisations that have multiple locations or users working remotely and everybody can work and collaborate on the exact same files.
Network security should be at the forefront of any IT infrastructure decision making process.
To some this may sound counter-intuitive, but it is very likely that your data is far more secure stored off-premise. Any cloud provider worth their salt will have their servers physically stored within an ultra-secure data centre where access and security is taken very seriously; If you aren’t supposed to have access to a rack, it’s unlikely that you would even get close to it. Additionally, many cyber security measures are managed by the cloud provider including things such as routine backups, firewalls and software updates allowing you to reduce operational expenditure and capital expenditure in these areas.
Reduced Capital and Operational Expenditure
For many, subscribing to a cloud service can save money in the long-term as there is no need to continuously update hardware, as this will be covered within the price of your subscription.
Though you will be taking on a new operational expenditure with a move to the cloud, you should factor in savings associated with management, maintenance, power and cooling.
When is a cloud solution definitely not right for you?
For some organisations, it is just not possible to adopt a cloud server. Some may find themselves in a position where regulations surrounding data storage and protection limit their options. It is worth evaluating what regulations apply to your operations and what they say about data storage. For most, this will not be an issue.
Some organisations may not have sufficient broadband to run their core IT operations over an internet connection. Companies who often deal with abnormally large files sizes will find this particularly true.
You may not realise it, but it is likely some of your current online processes already use cloud technology, meaning you could already be running a hybrid cloud setup.
Hybrid cloud refers to IT architectures that adopt a mixture of cloud and on-premise solutions. Its’ definition changes depending on who you talk to, but ultimately it is about having the right application in the right place. For example, if you are an organisation that is required by law to hold certain operational data on-site but also wish to run your marketing CRM from the cloud, this would be considered a hybrid cloud setup.
There are some cloud solutions that we recommend every organisation adopts, especially cloud-based disaster recovery and cloud backup.
Lynx Can Help!
At Lynx Networks, we have a wealth of experience in helping our customers choose the right solution. Lynx Flex can provide a bespoke cloud service from an ultra-secure UK based data centre. However, we will always work with you to get the most out of your IT budget and that doesn’t always mean moving your infrastructure to the cloud.
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