There are literally dozens of reasons why companies choose to take their infrastructures from on premise to cloud hosted environments.
The Technology Curve –
Keeping pace with seemingly endless rollouts of new and expensive technology can cause migraines for even the savviest IT professionals. Add to that, the challenge of interoperability, training, management, and the skills required to keep them all running harmoniously only adds to the dilemma. Tack on the management of each product’s maintenance scheduled and it is no wonder why the world of IT consulting is a growing field.
Cash Flow –
With mega-players like Amazon and Microsoft firmly entrenched in the cloud market, and new tech giants like IBM, Google, and Apple entering the ring, prices continue to drop. That’s great news for those who are considering the cloud, and not so good news for those selling traditional infrastructure products to the on premise market. With these lower hosting fees, comes the huge value that many companies have been chasing for years…the elusive predictable IT budget. Finally for business owners, the one-off IT capital request may be a thing of the past.
In-house Expertise –
By far and away, this is the most common reason for switching to the cloud. If a company has an experienced IT team in place, a move to the cloud will be a difficult battle to fight…and frankly, one that politically may be pushed down the road while other initiatives are tackled. In every evaluation I’ve been associated with and the cloud is selected as the preferred deployment model, In-house expertise was cited as the top reason. Business owners are faced with hiring new IT professionals and training them, brining in IT Consultants, or moving to the Cloud. Not surprising, Cloud Hosted Infrastructures with a layer of Managed Services are gaining in the marketplace. By all accounts, this trend will continue into the foreseeable future.