Guest blog: Why cloud computing is vital for businesses today

Cloud computing has emerged as one of, if not, the most important aspect to modern enterprises’ IT strategies, and it has continued to prove itself under the unprecedented set of business circumstances that have been dictated by the pandemic. The proven resiliency of cloud solutions will be a strong sales point for the foreseeable future.  Organisations that have engaged in an approach to include cloud-based solutions in their strategies see it as a game-changing opportunity to gain efficiency, reduce costs and power greater results. 

Cloud spending continues to grow as many companies opt to move the entirety of its database operations to a “cloud-exclusive” approach. However, other organizations are selecting a more hybridized approach where they separate their applications and data assets across a private cloud, public cloud and/or on-prem solutions. A recent Computing Delta study found that 73 per cent of organisations are already using a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy.  

All of the challenges that businesses face as they consider cloud migrations are ultimately worth the effort. Cloud delivers a means to quickly bring new applications and services online at a fraction of the time and cost of on-premises development. The recent pandemic has made the advantages of this obvious; organisations have quickly been able to migrate and scale applications to enable their employees to work remotely.  

But companies must do what is best for their business and that may mean maintaining the status quo or taking the hybrid approach. Specifically, for mission critical workloads with certain performance, availability, compliance and security requirements, it makes sense to maintain operations on-premise.  

Because cloud deployments are so flexible, changeable and fluid, businesses are starting to see that they don’t have to make just one decision and hybrid solutions give organisations options when it comes to adjusting to extenuating circumstances. A bespoke blend of cloud services with on-premise infrastructure enables enterprises to leverage benefits associated with security and granular control, as well as the scalability of public cloud services. 

With more choice, businesses are given more avenues to navigate a crisis. The on-demand virtual storage of public cloud has enabled organisations to quickly scale and migrate workloads to facilitate remote working. Additionally, built in resiliency capabilities, such as active redundancy, where storage systems are physically distributed so if one goes down the other automatically takes over within seconds, will bolster an enterprises’ confidence in its solutions.  

Understanding your requirements is paramount to perfecting the blend of services and infrastructure. There is no common path for any digitisation project, so a good partnership with cloud experts can help an organisation avoid common pitfalls.  

It’s very easy for an organisation to skip the partnership step and try to start solving the cloud riddle for themselves. Too often, these businesses will overengineer their cloud, and build too large and expansive of an environment for themselves because they are unsure of which services to skip.  

There are many challenges businesses must consider in cloud migrations and there are also many opportunities. Cloud IT environments can grow a company’s revenue significantly if deployed at the right time. And, that kind of growth opportunity just doesn’t come around very often. It happened a generation ago when the internet first came to the forefront, and it is happening now with the cloud.  

  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director | Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055

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