As corporate leaders go off in search of ways to streamline their IT in the new year, more and more of them are viewing data center transformation as a key strategy. The thinking behind this is sound – if you can revamp your approach to data, you can transform your entire business, making your infrastructure more scalable and your people more efficient. This is especially the case for companies that adopt new cloud infrastructures.
Having said that, there’s a right way and a not-so-right way to move into the cloud. Information Age recently shed light on this issue. The publication warned that while the benefits of the cloud are undeniable – better scalability, more widespread accessibility, more flexible pricing – there are also pitfalls. The goal with cloud adoption is to build an infrastructure that’s “born in the cloud,” not one that’s simply lifted and shifted over from a legacy system. Companies that simply take their outdated models and migrate them can run into trouble.
“All-too-familiar patterns can be observed amongst the enterprise organizations where public cloud has become the new destination,” explained Barry Whitfield, head of cloud at Telstra Purple EMEA. “Typically, migration-based journeys have simply replicated common, and sometimes outdated, architectural playbooks. The born-in-the-cloud service models engineered with legacy thinking and monolithic constructs also often emulate the very data center constraints they seek to escape.”
In other words: If all you do is take your old IT infrastructure and simply copy and paste it over, your company will inevitably be leaving value on the table. The whole idea of a “born in the cloud” infrastructure is you get results from a system that’s built with the cloud in mind from day one.
If your cloud infrastructure is truly cloud-native, the adoption process will undoubtedly be quicker and easier for everyone involved. This is important, as another key point Whitfield made is that speedy adoption is a source of competitive advantage in a fast-moving marketplace. As your business seeks to outdo all competitors in 2020, one way to do it is by helping your employees access data more efficiently than others in your industry.
At Zones, we have a wealth of expertise when it comes to designing a truly “born in the cloud” IT infrastructure. Especially for growing businesses like software development companies and other tech startups, which rely on sharing information and collaborating on projects quickly, this can be a major boon to business growth. If you’re looking to transition your existing data to the cloud efficiently, or simply create a new cloud-based system from scratch, we would be happy to lend a helping hand.
We’re entering a new decade, and the benefits of the cloud today are simply too big to ignore. Cloud adoption will no doubt lead your business to greater efficiency, a more engaged workforce, and ultimately greater profits. But you don’t just want to jump into the cloud without thinking – you want a plan that’s guaranteed to work effectively. Get in touch with us at Zones, and we can walk you through that process. It’s what we do best.
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