When Should You Evaluate Moving Your Infrastructure to the Cloud versus Purchasing New Hardware?

  Posted by Elizabeth Goodman in Hardware Wednesday, 10 September 2014 05:30

Today’s companies have to move fast to keep up with the needs of their business. This is no truer in any area than it is in Information Technology. The business needs for more bandwidth, more data, more applications and more computing power can put a significant strain on any organization. 

One of the ways businesses have been able to overcome some of their current IT limitations without breaking the bank on massive infrastructure spending is through the use of cloud infrastructure solutions. Knowing when to make that move, however, is essential if you want to maximize efficiency and cost savings. 

When the cloud makes the most sense

There are a number of scenarios in which a move to the cloud makes a lot of sense. Among these are:

•Your company is a startup

•You’re a small company with limited IT skills

•Your company is primarily virtual rather than physical

•Your employees are distributed over large geographic areas

In these situations, moving to the cloud almost always makes sense. 

Making the tough choices

That being said, most companies don’t have it that easy. You’ve read that adopting cloud technology can decrease IT costs and improve service levels, but is this always the case? Here are the questions you need to ask about your company:

Are there business critical tasks that can’t be handled by the cloud? Sometimes, the application you’re looking at upgrading or server you’re going to replace simply can’t be replaced by cloud tech. Sometimes it can. 

Will keeping infrastructure internal to your company incur significant additional costs? If you’ve already got tons of infrastructure and you’re underutilizing, it may not be time to go to the cloud just yet. 

Can I maintain the service levels I need in the cloud? Cloud solutions are robust, but there are some cases in which you’re better off maintaining technology within your own company simply because cloud providers may not be able to guarantee the level of service you need.

Moving to cloud solutions often makes sense, but it’s not an automatic panacea for all of your company’s technology ills.

 

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