If you haven’t adopted cloud computing for your business yet, chances are you’re not too far behind.
Cloud adoption levels have nearly doubled since 2016, according to Louis Columbus' analysis of the 2018 Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study by Dresner Advisory Services.
In particular, 77 percent of enterprises have at least one application or a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud.
Why are executive leading a migration to the cloud? Here are four potential reasons.
1. The Cloud Is More Secure
With data breaches hijacking headlines on a regular basis, many are afraid of the cloud.
Gartner posits that, instead of being afraid of the cloud, companies should be more leery of their own people. Through 2022, Gartner estimates that “at least 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.”
What’s more is that a majority of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and controls will experience fewer security failures.
Instead of wondering whether cloud providers are secure, make sure employees use the cloud securely.
2. Flexibility and Scalability Are Highlights Of The Cloud
Organizations that grow must add more users to its systems. When technology is deployed on premises, IT departments must add more hardware to meet demand. This often stifles workers because they are at the mercy of an IT department.
On the other hand, if demand for hardware decreases—in the case of company layoffs, for example—the company may struggle with repurposing that extra equipment.
Cloud technologies eliminate this potential headache. They can add or remove users without worrying about the infrastructure.
3. Companies Can Choose Their Cloud Type
Depending on the needs of your business, you can choose three different types of cloud services:
- Public cloud - Cloud storage and servers are owned and operated by a third-party provider. Your organization may share these resources with other organizations on the same cloud.
- Private cloud - Cloud storage and servers are private, hosted by your own data center or by a provider. The resources are dedicated to only your organization. Private clouds are ideal for companies emphasizing security, such as government or finance organizations, though are quickly fading in popularity.
- Hybrid cloud - In this type of cloud, services and data can move between public and private clouds.
As public cloud instances flourish, learn whether it would be a good fit for your business.
4. Companies Of All Sizes Reap Cloud Benefits
Let’s be clear—adopting cloud computing brings significant challenges for companies.
However, CompTIA found in a May 2018 study that the benefits of adopting cloud computing outweigh those challenges:
- Smaller companies have improved implementation.
- Mid-size firms have modernized their IT environments.
- Large enterprise have streamlined their processes.
As cloud computing adoption rises, IT’s role within an organization evolves to be more strategic rather than tactical.
Consider whether the cloud is right for you, and what the timeline looks like to roll out such technology across your business.