You may have read last weeks blog post, How to use the Cloud: Which Type is Right for You? to gain further insight into the type of cloud environment that will best suit your needs. Now that you have a better understanding of which type of cloud is right for you, where do you begin investing? It's one thing to understand that you should invest in cloud and quite another to know how to get the most out of your cloud environment. These four tips can help you decide how to invest in cloud resources to get the most out of your purchase.
1. Cloud computing solutions help companies access innovations in a rapidly changing environment. The technology landscape is continuously changing and it's easy to fall behind the times, especially when you're locked into infrastructure that you own and maintain. Sure, you invest in hardware improvements, but can they ever truly be competitive with others in your industry that continues to have access to the latest and greatest technology can offer?
Investing in a cloud computing solution can help your business maintain its relevancy in the industry and provide end users with high quality experiences. The ability of the cloud environment to adapt to changing technical needs allows you to maintain a sense of competition within your market. Cloud computing providers work on service license agreements (SLAs) and lay out terms for upgrading servers and applications. These SLAs are what allow you up-to-date technology to better serve end user needs. Once you determine how to use the cloud, you can find a provider and SLA that best fit your needs.
2. Cloud computing environments help your IT department anticipate and respond to your business' changing needs more effectively, increasing end user satisfaction and saving expansion costs. The on demand availability of compute resources can be an effective way to handle fluctuating end user needs. Sophisticated monitoring and management systems can help you predict when peak times will be or when you will need to upgrade equipment. This granular monitoring and management can enhance your end user experience by ensuring your hardware can support your software requirements.
3. Savings from utilizing compute resources can be invested back into your business to facilitate other business needs. According to a survey conducted by the CSC Cloud Usage Index, 82 percent of respondents said that they saved money by utilizing a cloud solution. The same study found that 62 percent of respondents have invested funds saved due to cloud computing efficiencies back into their business.
Companies reinvesting their savings from cloud computing were reinvesting by increasing access to expert advice, expanding product or service offerings and other areas of development. As evidenced by this survey, once you determine how to use the cloud, you can reinvest your savings from the cloud environment to continue propelling your business forward.
4. Of respondents surveyed by the Aberdeen Group, 56 percent are using open source technology as part of their cloud strategies. An overwhelming majority of these companies said that using open source boosts their ability to innovate. A majority also stated that open source cloud computing technology results in lower total cost of ownership, greater consistency and enhances the power of their platform.
Obtaining a cloud environment with open source capability allows your business to have the benefits of cloud while lowering its cost. As evidenced by the majority of respondents of the survey, an open source platform can help you become more innovative, save you money and still give you the benefits a cloud environment can offer with the same constancy and strength of any other cloud environment.
Cloud computing is not a new technology, but it is starting to gain momentum among the various markets. Determining how to use the cloud and investing in a cloud environment can give your business an edge over competition, save you money and allow you to reinvest those savings back into new products or services.