In a recent survey that we conducted, 3 out of every 10 businesses admitted that they won’t switch to the cloud because they are too lazy to initiate server migration.
Despite cloud service providers dictating the hosting industry, a small fraction of the market still remains unoccupied.
Today’s enterprises choose to transition to cloud environs and stay away from physical servers unless that have solid security reasons to host their data on local servers.
The changes that we talk of began in 2006, when Amazon began its first Elastic cloud, a service that instantly became hit. Later that year, Microsoft and Google sped their cloud efforts and went on to introduce their versions of the cloud.
Cloud migration in a nutshell
Cloud migration is a term that sounds daunting to many, even though the underlying definition is fairly simple.
Cloud migration is the process of moving apps (and data), IT operations and other business entities from a physical server to a cloud environment. This process involves both partial and full transition of services and apps. Though the transition could be from one cloud to another, it usually implies moving of files from legacy servers to a cloud environment.
Cloud providers are on the rise
Until 2006, AWS was the sole player in the cloud market. The concept of elastic computing back then was not just new but also unheard and undeveloped. The craze that cloud sparked back then translated into masses migrating their apps. As a result, businesses that were enticed into tapping this untapped opportunity became cloud providers. South Asia, one of the world’s finest travel destinations, is where the impact of cloud could be seen tangibly. There were less than a hundred cloud service providers in India until 2010 – a figure that now stands close to ten thousand.
The sudden spike in both subscribers and service providers begs us the question “why are businesses so hyped up about the cloud”. Although there are a plethora of reasons behind the same, our experts have narrowed them down to three.
Cost-effective and manageable
Before Amazon Elastic cloud, enterprises either established their own data centers or leased physical servers from local hosts. Both the options had problems of their own. The cost associated with setting up a data center is tremendous. There have been instances where data centers had cost more than the business’s entire worth.
By migrating to the cloud, organizations were able to wipe out any upfront expense at their end. This resulted in increased savings and better operating margin, especially for small businesses.
Businesses during the pre-2006 era often overestimated their IT needs and ended up paying for servers they did not use to their fullest extent. To add to their miseries, there were stringent agreements, barring them from ending service before a predetermined lock-in period.
The ability to spin up cloud servers (with a few clicks) enabled businesses to become more scalable. There were no contracts, useless agreements of any sort. Entrepreneurs no longer needed to forecast their capacity because they had the option to scale their servers in a blink.
Cloud servers need no maintenance
Organizations whole-heartedly welcomed cloud because it freed them from annoying server maintenance. Because the entire infrastructure is located off-premise, maintenance and safekeeping servers were no more liability. The provider took care of everything in and out, thus saving businesses a lot of time.
Automated backups and monitoring
Maintenance alone is not enough. A server needs to be monitored regularly for issues. Monitoring helps avoid the possibility of an outage and keeps websites up and running. Without proper monitoring and maintenance, you cannot achieve what it takes to become a global success.
With cloud computing, you get more than just automated backups. Transitioning to the cloud also ensures a much smaller MTTR (mean time to recovery) when compared to in-house servers. Mean time to recovery is the average time taken to get the system up and running again after an outage.
No human interference
Cloud computing, in its entirety, isn’t susceptible to human errors because there is no human indulgence at all. Provisioning new machine is now easy and what’s easier is integrating operations with them. Automated codes not only reduce human intervention but also the resulting errors.
Having your services and apps moved to cloud environments, you obtain the much-needed benefits for your company. Now, with cloud technology, you can not only plan your growth but also how much you spend growing.
We hope you liked our article on cloud migration. If you have any queries or need help moving to the cloud, make sure to mention the same in the comment section below.