In the modern age, immediacy and flexibility are the prerequisites for a business’ success. In many cases, this can require a full systematic change, altering the process by which companies store, compute, access and apply critical consumer and business data to their day-to-day operations. For many businesses, this means transitioning from on-premises data centers to a cloud-based environment, resulting in a more efficient, flexible, and in certain situations, a cost-effective alternative that immediately propels them forward in an age dominated by data.
What is a Cloud Transition?
A Cloud Transition is the process by which companies move from in-person data centers -- usually housed in an office with a cluster of machines storing significant amounts of data -- to a fully digital, cloud-based work environment. This is usually done through a third-party service that rents out their on-premises data centers or facilities, which are configured with proprietary custom software that includes the most up-to-date tools and resources for data storage, data access and compute.
For example, when a business plans to expand into new regions and necessitates immediate access to those new markets, they would typically be forced to allocate space and resources for a new, on-premises data center. This can include deciding between a modular or traditional stick-built data center, sourcing and installing necessary racks and hardware, building redundancies in case of failure, and even implementing stringent security protocols for data access. Only after building, configuring and deploying their own data center would the business finally be able to greenlight their expansion. By going through a Cloud Transition, decision makers must only choose between working with a third party-provider to integrate a privately hosted cloud model or rent appropriate servers from a colocation center.
How Does a Cloud Transition Expedite Success?
A cloud transition offers a plethora of new features for prospective businesses, from recruitment automation to remote work capabilities. But at its core, a cloud computing model provides businesses with better efficiency, flexibility, and resource management processes:
Efficiency — One of the most important benefits that a cloud transition offers is overall process efficiency through the application of cloud services tools. From instant access to critical data to business process automation, there is now a wide variety of tools for businesses to use that optimize workflows and protocols. Additionally, because companies no longer need to worry about creating, managing, and updating systems consistently, the time saved helps expedite time-to-deployment and time-to-revenue for adjacent technical projects.
Flexibility — With efficiency comes flexibility. With the freedom of no longer having to configure or update on-premises data centers and tools, businesses can better position themselves to expand into new regions at a competitive pace, or simply refine their day-to-day routines – all without being slowed down by administrative tasks. This is due to the high rate at which new servers can be purchased, allocated, and deployed, allowing leadership to reallocate the valuable time saved.
Resource Management — Based predominately on the size and objectives of the organization, building, staffing and maintaining an on-premises data center can be an expensive endeavor. Whenever a data center is needed, it requires that a full team be hired to initialize and deploy the data center, in addition to performing regular maintenance and security checks. From there, another team will be needed to develop the tools necessary to store, process and safeguard critical business data, which can drive costs significantly higher.
Instead, transitioning to the cloud can simplify the project and eliminate the need for expensive hardware, ancillary teams and extra maintenance costs. While this largely depends on the company’s specific data needs, scalability can play a definitive role here – with many cloud services providers offering companies the option to upgrade or downgrade their services as needed. The potential resources and capital saved can then be funneled into business development initiatives or to supplement other critical projects that provide higher growth potential.
Resolvit Simplifies Cloud Transitions
When it’s time to transition to the cloud, businesses turn to Resolvit to expedite and simplify the process. Our dedicated teams, complete with remote access managers, technical project managers and cloud engineers work collaboratively with our clients' teams to shift their mission-critical applications to cloud environments, all while optimizing their IT frameworks and ensuring stringent security protocols. We also source, vet and place best-in-class talent to empower and support the transition’s success.
Looking to transition to the cloud? Download our case study Commercial Cloud Onboarding and learn more about how the Resolvit team builds, optimizes and streamlines cloud environments, while cutting our clients’ costs.
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