Cloud migration: Why businesses are moving to the cloud

Technology leaders are being challenged to deliver on improving customer experience and driving digital transformation, whilst driving efficiencies and contributing savings to the bottom line.  Often, it seems that the default answer lies in the cloud and deploying business applications as a service – but what are the underlying drivers for this default approach?

Key drivers behind cloud migration

The exact drivers will vary according to the aims of the business, but cost savings are unlikely to be the primary driver behind cloud migration, even though every organization is interested in cutting costs. More typically, the key drivers behind moving applications to the cloud are speed, agility and innovation.  These can be very abstract terms, but can be seen clearly when we consider the effect the cloud has on scalability, security, availability and application integration.

SCALABILITY;
The traditional way of planning for unexpected growth is to purchase and keep additional servers, storage, and licenses. Scaling cloud services is faster and far more flexible. You can get additional storage space or features at the press of a button, and you only pay for what you use.  

SECURITY;
Keeping on top of the various patches required to maintain security in business applications can be an overwhelming task – choosing cloud service offerings with data-security at their core, provides massive economies of scale. This means that security tasks are well prioritized by the service provider and will likely mean that moving to the cloud will boost your baseline security profile as well as improving reaction times to security issues.

AVAILABILITY;
One of the many benefits of cloud computing is availability. Cloud services are available when and where you need them. Using cloud services typically means that employees have the flexibility to work from any location, at home or from the field and with any device; laptop, mobile etc.

INTEGRATION;
One of the major benefits of cloud computing is well defined APIs.  “Zero-touch” is the new mantra, requiring putting APIs first, a comprehensive set of APIs, enables simple, flexible and easily adopted connections to just about any other application or platform within the business. APIs ensure compliance and help with successful integration and inter-operability – one of the key factors in modernizing IT systems.

Money is still a factor

Although not usually the primary driver, the cloud can of course deliver significant financial benefits:

  • No upfront investments in hardware and licensing a platform for applications run on
  • Saving operating expense of maintaining local servers
  • Optimized hardware utilization – cloud services can be increased or decreased in real-time
  • In-built redundancy – When you run your own servers, you need to buy more hardware just in case of system failure or crash. Moving to cloud is an inexpensive way to deal with redundancy requirements.

Print: An overlooked application…

Print is an application often overlooked, despite the fact that most organizations don’t see print as a strategic technology.  Printing represents a significant cost for most organizations and between 20 and 25% of all helpdesk calls are related to print issues. 

EveryonePrint offers a cloud infrastructure service called Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP), which fulfills any organizations requirement for flexibility, scalability and security.

The solution enables organizations to migrate their print infrastructure to the cloud without compromising security and at the same time simplifying the print infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud Platform also includes a full featured single driver, so where many organizations today deal with multiple and often hundreds of print-drivers, with Hybrid Cloud Platform this number will be reduced to 1 driver and as a result the print related helpdesk calls will be reduced between 50-75%. 

Contact EveryonePrint to learn more about how Hybrid Cloud Platform can migrate your print infrastructure to the cloud.

 

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