2012 is set to be an exciting year for Cloud Computing, with Cisco predicting a 1,100% growth rate for the industry by 2015, but why are businesses moving to the Cloud?
The Cloud is continually changing the way that organisations use technology, with IDC predicting that over the next few years 60% of server workloads will be virtualised.
This staggering growth is the reason why the virtualDCS team decided to research into the specific reasons of why our customers were choosing to move into the Cloud, the key explanations were as follows:
The Cloud enables businesses to use an ‘economies of scale’ approach, meaning that through a virtual machine the user only pays for the facilities that they use, while being able to both upgrade and downgrade them whenever they need to. The business, therefore has access to a pay-as-you-grow infrastructure. The Cloud also allows the users to rent the facilities with options to pay on either a monthly or quarterly basis, moulding to the individual needs of the business.
Increased accessibility and reliability
Cloud Computing also provides great flexibility, not only financially, but also in terms of accessibility. Technology is changing the way that businesses work, with more companies internationally trading, and working on the move. The Cloud presents the perfect solution for users that want to access their information from anywhere, at any time.
“We appointed virtualDCS because we needed a flexible solution. We wanted to be able to work from home, or on the road, as effectively as we could from the office so an internet-based solution was necessary.” – Harry Cross, Director at MSC-Partners.
The user also has access to a guaranteed availability, which is increasingly harder to achieve for a business maintaining their infrastructure themselves. In order to guarantee their ability (and their productivity) a second infrastructure would often have to be designed, in which a company could then fail over to if anything were to happen. Planning for situations like this can be incredibly expensive in itself; companies can now avoid this through Cloud technology, where they can guarantee up to 99.999% availability and be online again within minutes of a disaster.
Low cost of ownership and capital expenditure
Through renting the facilities, rather than owning them the business decreases their cost of ownership. By renting the Cloud facility, businesses can access a best of breed infrastructure and solution without the time or the cost of purchasing and maintaining hardware (which also includes power used to run the facilities).The Cloud providers also frequently update and upgrade facilities, meaning that the business would have access to the latest technology quickly, without the time taken to upgrade the software on every machine.
Through the Cloud the business can also avoid purchasing redundant hardware, which is often the case for businesses that plan for growth, or attempt to produce a comprehensive disaster recovery program. A lower cost of ownership dramatically decreases capital expenditure and frees up cash flow for the company.
Cloud technology enables high levels of security; some of the precautions include data encryption and Firewalls, in addition to physical data centre security. The majority of Cloud providers also comply with the Data Protection Act and additional security standards, ensuring that your data is secure and protected to the highest criteria available.
“We selected virtualDCS to host e-clinic because of the team’s highly professional approach and commitment to data security, which meant that we were confident our IP would be safeguarded while we expanded our international customer base.” – Mark Lainchbury, Director at e-clinic.
Cloud Computing reduces the number of physical machines in the workplace, and the power requirements that accompany them. Hosting one server on a virtualDCS platform could save 6619(kWh) of energy per year, which is equivalent to planting 20 trees and taking two cars off the road. In total, this reduces the Carbon footprint of your business by 8867lbs a year*.
*Assumes 550Watts for a 2CPU server, 12,000 Miles per year and 20mpg, 1441lbs C02 emissions per kWh.
Should any potential issues arise the business will be able to seek technical assistance from the Cloud provider. For example, our Yorkshire IT support team proactively monitor the performance of our customer’s server, fixing any issues before they disrupt their business. We also provide a help desk and support service for the company, where users can contact us directly with any technical questions. If a customer was managing their infrastructure independently, this level of support is potentially something that they would struggle with.
“On-going support in the shape of personal visits by the virtualDCS team and responsive remote assistance and guidance was also made available, as an integral part of their offering. Such was the success of the project that we actually had no need to call on these services.” – Richard Adamson, ICT Manager at All Hallows Catholic High School.
If you would like any more information on migrating to the Cloud or our services then contact our team on 03453 888 327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.