Everyone’s different, right? One size doesn’t always fit all, and cloud very well may not be for everybody. Nope. Cloud, with its unmatched versatility and uber-practical payment options, should be for everybody. The question is how much
cloud is right for each client. And the way we answer that question is by asking more questions. Because before we can understand how to best leverage cloud for each specific client, we need to understand more about where the client is currently and where they want to go next. And that can be accomplished by asking the following 3 questions.
#1 “What are my on-prem pain points?”
Or in other words, what have you not been able to do on-prem that you feel you could accomplish in the cloud? The major benefits of cloud are the elimination of hardware upkeep and ramp-up cost and instant scalability. If either of those appeal to you, you should invest in cloud. Take hardware upkeep for example. Let’s say you’re a small video production company bleeding cash every year to purchase the latest rendering solutions just to keep your head above water. By switching to cloud, you instantly offload those hardware costs onto your new cloud provider. Let them worry about forking out big bucks for new silicon each year while you pay a nice, reasonable monthly retainer. Small production studios like this could run their entire operation in the cloud, including leasing access to the latest software as well as lightning-fast storage options. You can ramp up resources when you need them and reduce them after you’re done, ensuring you only pay for what you need.
#2 “How will this transition improve my business?”
Well, as stated above, if leveraged correctly, the cloud can help you save big on hardware and software upkeep cost, provide ultimate versatility through instant scalability and can also give you peace of mind through data redundancy. Imagine an architecture firm struggling to provide its architects with new laptops every 2 years so they don’t have to wait days for their work to render. The cloud solves this through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), so now each architect can access the latest hardware and software virtually through any computer with an internet connection. This also frees up anyone with VDI to travel and work on the go—even meet clients on location to share complex 3D modeling with no lag. VDI is especially appealing today when GPU prices are soaring amid scarce inventories. Why pay triple the money for a video card when that same money could lease the latest VDI rig for an entire year?
#3 “What is my current on-prem storage being used for?”
There are typically 3 storage workload types: warm/hot, short-term and cold storage. The easiest cloud storage move to make is if you have a large amount of cold storage. Why? Because this is data that’s rarely accessed and is just sitting on on-prem hard drives taking up space. Why not free up your on-prem hardware for something else? Plus, the cost per gigabyte in cloud is dramatically less than on-prem. You can also unlock the fastest storage workloads available with NVMe for applications that need lightning quick access. A great example of offloading cold storage would be customer records. Many states require businesses to keep these sorts of records for 5 years or more. These could be anything from transaction history to tax records, etc., data that’s not accessed often. There’s another benefit to offloading sensitive information like customer data, and that’s security. Cloud providers’ livelihood depends on their ability to secure their data centers. Let the pros worry about securing and preserving your most sensitive data so you can relax and focus on other stuff.
For more information on how migrating to the cloud can help your customers contact the experts at Ingram Micro.