Building the Case for Cloud Migration
While some organizations execute cloud migration to proactively save costs or increase agility and flexibility, others may not think about it until on-prem servers and infrastructure are reaching the end of their life cycles. Moving infrastructure and data away from an on-site data center to the cloud is a major decision worthy of careful forethought—including asking questions you may not have previously considered.
Why Are Organizations Moving to the Cloud?
Knowing the factors behind your competitors’ moves to the cloud can help clarify your own decision about whether it’s right for your organization.
To handle data needs on site, organizations must purchase hardware, accommodate servers with adequate space and cooling, complete connections, and install software. They need to engage personnel to oversee, maintain, and troubleshoot operations. Smaller organizations may face challenges with required upfront costs that impact their cash flow.
Larger enterprises can more easily absorb these costs, especially when they calculate cost per year throughout a system’s lifecycle. Even so, when Emirates moved from on-site infrastructure to the cloud to reduce costs and better respond to demand fluctuations, it estimated savings would top $1 million annually.
Maintenance and upgrades for on-prem systems carry cost to both the organization’s bottom line and productivity. A mechanical failure or physical disaster can put the company out of commission for long stretches while skilled technicians outside the organization remedy the problem.
When companies opt to move all their data needs to the cloud, there’s no large initial investment required. Upgrades happen automatically and seamlessly; data backups are ensured and redundancies built in to eliminate downtime in the event of virtual or physical disaster.
Unlike on-site infrastructure where organizations either invest more capital for increased resources or lose money when their capacity exceeds workloads, migrating to the cloud gives them infinitely more flexibility. With a cloud deployment, organizations can add or reduce storage capacity and computing power as their needs and requirements change, even if that’s frequently. Most providers offer pay-as-you-use pricing, so organizations pay only for what they need.
Cloud migration offers other benefits including increased security, greater reliability, faster implementation times, and high availability.
Cloud Environments Are Becoming Ubiquitous.
Cloud environments have become increasingly affordable with innovative technologies that enable organizations to run applications, manage workloads, and store data in the cloud. Research from Zippia shows that:
On-Site Infrastructure v. Cloud Storage
What Are the Most Important Criteria to Evaluate Before Moving to the Cloud?
Crucial Preparations for Cloud Migration
What Are the Biggest Challenges Organizations Encounter with Cloud Migration?
Will Cloud Migration Save Your Organization Money?
Infrastructure cost savings are one of the main reasons organizations move to the cloud, but each situation is different.
To get down to the granular level of your organization’s specific circumstances, you’ll need to compare the capital expenditure of
keeping infrastructure on site to the operational expenditure of migrating to the cloud.
If hardware and infrastructure are at the end of their life cycles, a move to the cloud will show quick benefits. But if your organization currently operates on-site infrastructure with the capacity to effectively handle workloads, you’ll see a slower ROI. Even in that case, you must contend with the fact that the amount of data being generated and processed every day keeps increasing exponentially. The cloud’s ability to scale effortlessly gives the flexibility to expand infrastructure cost-effectively as data increases.
Here are three situations wherein cloud migration provides cost savings:
How Do You Make the Business Case for a Cloud Migration?
Thoroughly evaluate how migrating to the cloud can make business processes more efficient, benefit team members, and make both people and processes more productive. Points of consideration include the volume of data your organization uses and how easy it is for teams to access it when and where (particularly of concern for distributed workforces) they need it.
How Long Does Cloud Migration Take?
It primarily comes down to scale: the volume of data, number and complexity of systems, and quantity of tools your organization wants to move to the cloud. Scale influences which approach to use for migration.
What Does a Cloud Migration Cost?
The factors that work together to influence cost include
Migrating to the cloud can give enormous benefits to your organization, but it’s not a decision to make impulsively, or simply because everyone else is doing it. It’s a decision to reach after thorough examination of your current and desired states of operation, asking and answering specific questions, and mapping out a strategy and timeline that best serves your organization.