Cloud infrastructure provides unparalleled flexibility. Large and small corporations can take advantage of obvious cost benefits. Embracing the cutting-edge opportunities offered by cloud infrastructure, small businesses can quickly and easily use services that were previously in the domain of large enterprises.
People now expect access to data anywhere and at any time. As people use the advantages and benefits of cloud-based technology, they want those same experiences to be accessible in the workplace, seamlessly integrating their personal devices to obtain productivity and connectivity.
Cloud infrastructure also offers key advantages to IT departments, including expanded storage capacity and a re-drawing of the business policies of technology. Organizations previously deployed information technology as a way to support the business. Today, in many surprising cases, information technology is the business.
For a company to be successful in this quickly evolving environment it must be flexible and adapt to the shifts in business requirements. How? Cloud infrastructure allows enterprise IT to become “elastic.” Enterprises can maintain the traditional role of IT as “support” while moving into the next generation of IT as a business-driving entity. Both large and small companies can take advantage of the benefits brought by the cloud ecosystem to improve their flexibility and agility, regain control of IT expenditures, and even capitalize on the consumerization of IT.
Cloud Cost Benefits
For businesses of all sizes, using a cloud infrastructure potentially offers dramatic cost-saving benefits. Small businesses can take advantage of an off-the- shelf products while enterprise organizations can create those same services and develop their own solutions placed in a set of private and public clouds. In both cases, shrinking the technology footprint while retaining the ability to scale when necessary can potentially save valuable resources on an IT infrastructure.
The upfront investment is low, you don’t need to invest in software / hardware, licensing and renewal costs are kept to a minimum, total cost of ownership is reduced and you only pay for what you use.
IQX Cloud Solutions
Organizations can be more responsive to the marketplace and have a more open environment for innovation and transformation by having an agile IT infrastructure. IQX Cloud Solutions helps businesses take control of IT costs, enhance system security, improve their ability to support their business and operating strategy, and self-fund longer-term, IT-enabled improvements that drive additional value and high performance.
On-premises or Cloud
Businesses are often faced with the dilemma whether they should go for an on-premises, hosted or cloud solution. There is really no right or wrong answer but companies need to assess their business needs and infrastructure before taking a decision. The fundamental point is that not all solutions work best in the cloud or on-premises and the choice often requires a trade between security and costs to optimize returns.
There are advantages and disadvantages with all platforms and these are subject to the type of software/service under consideration. The table below outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the cloud and on-premises delivery model.
|Control over all systems data||No software licensing costs|
|Corporate data is stored/handled internally||No new infrastructure requirements eg servers|
|Dedicated IT staff for maintenance/support||Low cost for services|
|Initial investment is high but pays off over time||Third parties are doing hard work|
The plunge into the Cloud is often based on the following four pain points:
- Lack of resources to build an infrastructure
- Software licensing costs are too expensive
- Lack of resources, especially in IT
- Lack of technical know-how to maximize benefits of IT systems