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The 5 Benefits of Migrating to Cloud

10 Feb 2015 by Shay Moser

Flexibility, security and value are impressive advantages of migrating from physical servers to cloud, and those benefits should certainly be entertained as the deadline for Microsoft’s end of service for Windows Server 2003 draws near.

There are 5 distinct gains in migrating to Cloud:

  1. Quick and cost-effective to start. Physical servers can take days – even weeks – to set up internally. “If you move to vCloud, Azure or one of the providers that has pre-built servers, you could have a new server up and running within less than an hour after approvals,” says Jeromy Siebenaler, vice president and chief cloud architect at Insight. Startups, or any business that would prefer to allocate more resources to staffing, often find cloud desirable, as it offers low start-up costs.
  2. Scale and save. Seasonal companies, startups and other businesses primed for expansion can benefit from a migration to cloud. “In having the flexibility to use only what you need, you’ll be able to scale up during times of growth or scale down when needed,” states Siebenaler.

Cloud solutions also offer businesses the opportunity to test new processes and approaches before implementing them on a larger scale. One of our clients found that their employees were often sharing large work-related files – internally and with partners – using personal file-sharing accounts, which raised many concerns within the IT department. Harish Krishnamurthy, senior vice president of Insight cloud, explains, “With a test group of several dozen employees, the client was able to try a cloud-based solution that offered a secure environment to share large files both internally and externally. After a successful trial, that client is now planning a companywide rollout with the cloud-based solution.”

  1. Constant improvements. While most organizations will only upgrade a server every 5 to 8 years, the constant improvements offered by cloud architecture can translate to improvements in efficiency, security and performance. “If you think about the performance and technology built today and what it’ll be in 5 to 8 years from now, [without leveraging Infrastructure-as-a-Service], you’re not getting to take advantage of those performance increases and efficiency increases with storage and CPU as it iteratively gets better,” advises Siebenaler. “Most of these cloud providers are continuously putting in new server and storage technology – to the tune of every couple of years.”
  2. Similar to co-location environments. Siebenaler points out that as you analyze Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers, the more it will likely feel like a co-location scenario, but with fewer expenses. “While you have the financial model of cloud, you really have the same level of architecture that you would in your own co-location environment,” he explains.
  3. Large investments in security. It’s a common misconception that cloud solutions aren’t secure. “In reality, cloud-based servers are as secure, if not more secure, than traditional on-premise servers,” says Krishnamurthy. He also points out, “Anti-virus, intrusion detection, network and data protection software are typically built into the cloud platforms, ensuring that the platforms are designed to be secure in an integrated approach.” Additionally, internal controls help provide a more secure environment, and most providers have significant experience in security.

Be prepared for the end of service for Windows Server 2003 by getting more information at www.insight.com/ServerIgnite.