With the proliferation of third-party cloud applications and services made for the enterprise, and the enterprise's enthusiastic embrace of those applications and services, it seems clear that we've entered the age of the cloud, where on-premises infrastructure gives way to outsourced servers. But it's likely that not all of your customers are on board with the migration to the cloud yet. Security concerns are a major hurdle, particularly in verticals like finance and healthcare. The next time you discuss the future of infrastructure with such customers, remind them of these three reasons why experts continue to tout secure cloud computing over legacy on-premises IT environments.
1. The secure cloud saves money
The expense of maintaining on-premises infrastructure is something few enterprise IT decision-makers will be able to argue with. The costs of hardware, software, cooling, power, maintenance, and raw real estate to house gear on premises mount quickly, and that overhead doesn't even take into account the costs of the expertise and labor needed to keep the environment operational and reasonably up to date. Cloud services and applications shift a significant portion of these burdens to the secure cloud provider. Raw costs are cut, and so are the ongoing costs of such things as staffing for maintenance and troubleshooting.
2. The secure cloud delivers superior flexibility and scalability
When we discussed the costs of on-premises infrastructure in the above point, we only lightly glossed over the need to keep infrastructure reasonably up to date. In fact, in today's fast-moving economic environment, computational and IT flexibility and scalability can be critical to a business's bottom line. Being unable to scale up, down, out, or in as conditions dictate is tantamount to being unable to respond to market and business changes, and a lack of responsiveness can cripple an organization. Enterprise-grade secure cloud services allow customers to adapt to changing needs on the fly, without the lengthy procurement or divestment processes and related headaches of on-premises infrastructure.
3. The secure cloud is often more secure than on-premises environments
Finally we get to the heart of the matter. Many organizations fear that making the transition to cloud computing will put sensitive or legally protected data in jeopardy; there's a perceived loss of control over data that accompanies cloud migrations. In fact, however, cloud providers that work directly with enterprises are often able to offer superior security over legacy in-house environments. Tasked to protect the data of many customers, secure cloud providers devote more resources, more expertise, and more state-of-the-art technology to data and infrastructure security than most individual enterprises can.
The cloud is here to stay, and for enterprises, secure cloud adoption will soon be a must in order to remain competitive.
Are your customers ready to make the leap? If you need more guidance on how to help them achieve a secure cloud migration, speak to an Ingram Micro specialist today.