Have you pushed your servers to the end of their lifespan? Are they showing signs of retirement? As they say, all things (good or bad) must come to an end.While cynics would tackle and shoot down benefits of cloud computing, there are positive reasons why it is accelerating in the enterprise at a record pace.There has been a plethora of articles that went above and beyond explaining the benefits of migration to cloud. Let’s do the other way around here, and enumerate the reasons why your business is bound to fail if you opt not to adopt cloud hosting.
1. Missing on the great equalizer
For several years, small to medium scale enterprises are in search for the “accelerator” of growth. Cloud is the great equalizer of the industry. A small time player can now get the same quality service that only big guns get to enjoy back in the day.You miss your chance on gaining competitive edge if you let cloud slip away.
2. Skewed budget
Being skeptic about cloud hosting is normal. Being too negative though, is already irrationality.Cloud hosting entails a sizeable amount in your budget at the onset. But, if you look at long-term, it can give you more dollar savings than you initially imagined.Because you are “renting” from a cloud services provider, you only pay for the space you use. As a CFO, you already have an idea of the monthly and annual cost that you need to factor in your organizational budget. Financial forecasting gets easier.Having your own servers would mean keeping up with variable expenses such as maintenance, replacements, manpower, update in security software etc. And, since downtime in technology could halt large-scale operations, CFO has no choice but to release funds and tweak the budget every now and then.
3. Putting eggs in one basket
Have you experienced a company-wide problem and not being able to access your email or internet-based tools? Maybe, the servers went down. When you maintain an in-house server system, you are putting all eggs in one basket. When that server room was hit by a thunder or something, operations will suffer inevitably. It’s because of this that you need to have a secure hosting setup to act as counter measures and prevent devastating loss.This is where you would appreciate cloud. Cloud hosting providers have anticipated this early on. They know the value of back-ups.
4. Vulnerability to cyber attacks
If you are a startup trying to make a name for your business, spending so much on premium security applications may not be feasible. This signals the inauguration of compromise and vulnerability.
5. Missing on the benefits of business analytics
Allowing the customers to do business seamlessly with you is another key to growth. Cloud provides you with access to business analytics and intelligence. It turns your data into hints on how you can improve processes to establish good relationship with customers and make them happy.Your aging servers do not have the ability to feed you with juicy information. Your data sleeps.
6. Renaissance of attendance issues
When will you ever get tired of hearing the most absurd excuses in the world for being absent or tardy? Since there is no cloud that can make (or force) them to work from home, the job that needs to get done for the day will be delayed until the employee finally reports for work (or the replacement goes on board).
7. Running a department of Ninja Turtles
Your IT guys monitoring server operations do not get the chance to experience action unless there are bad guys to dispose. Truth is, you pay them to wait for disaster to happen.
8. Consuming too much Tylenol (or Advil)
This is not to advertise either pain-relieving brands. It’s as simple as saying that when you keep servers, you embrace all the headaches that come with maintenance, security and downtime resolutions.You may not be the IT guy doing the dirty work, but you are the owner losing money every microsecond that operations get stalled. Migrating to cloud is unloading these stresses from your head.
9. Settle with sluggish servers
If you are a manufacturing business, the logical thing is to invest more on machineries and product development. This leaves you with little room to think about your IT infrastructure. Consequently, you don’t get to update servers constantly and these become outdated eventually.
10. Expanding business becomes a pain
Expansion is always a good thing. It means growth and bolstering status in the industry. However, building another site would mean replicating the framework of the headquarters, including IT infrastructure.
Cloud is easier to deploy than setting up another server room of your own.
If you are focused in getting beyond the constraints that held your growth all throughout these years, it might be the perfect time to go up in the air and enjoy the benefits of the cloud. Say goodbye to the Jurassic era, will you?
Is your company doomed to fail? Do you agree that cloud hosting is a business necessity nowadays? What’s your take on cloud migration?Burst those bubble thoughts. Share us what you think.
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