The Business Benefits of Cloud in a Remote Working World
Clive Larkin, Commercial Solutions Consultant - iomart
We all know how the Covid pandemic has re-shaped the way we do business. In particular, the enforced lockdown and lack of access to offices has accelerated many organisations’ move to the cloud. This used to be the preserve of the enterprise but now cloud has become an important aspect for all types of business to consider as they look to the future.
The cloud offers many things:
- Fast access to information at any time, from any device and location
- The ability of remote workers to access the applications and data they need from a centralised location rather than on their physical devices
- The ability to maintain and improve business continuity and productivity for a workforce that is likely to be primarily based at home
- The chance to rationalise whether you really need physical office space at all
In its Predictions 2021 report, Gartner updated its forecast for public cloud infrastructure growth this year from 28% to 35% – that’s a predicted global spend of $120 billion. The continued increase in consumption of Software as a Service will also reinforce growing demand by all businesses for scalable, high-performing infrastructure.
Though you probably know that moving to the cloud has to happen at some stage, if you’re not a Jeff Bezos or Satya Nadella it can be hard to know where or even how to start. Cloud isn’t simply somewhere you have to get to; it’s a process that needs serious decision-making around control, performance, compliance, user experience and security. Developing a long-term strategy requires careful consideration, particularly with the squeeze on budgets and the increased pressure on IT teams.
One of the most important decisions is around what type of cloud is most suitable for your business. There are different types of cloud depending on the types of workloads you have.
If you are ready to place your workloads in a place where you share server space and resources with others, then public cloud is the choice for you. Many organisations have moved to public cloud because of its Pay As You Go model and the ability it gives you to scale your computing resources up and down according to demand.
If you are ready for the cloud but require a hosting environment that is exclusive to your organisation, what’s known as a single tenant environment, then private cloud could be the best option. With a private cloud, you have control over your storage and compute resources, which allows you to meet any particular regulatory requirements.
One size definitely does not fit all though when it comes to getting the most out of the cloud. That’s why many organisations choose a hybrid cloud. This allows you to keep sensitive data and applications in a private cloud, on your premises or in a provider’s data centre, while less critical information sits in a public cloud environment.
The multi-cloud scenario is becoming increasingly popular. This refers to the use of a combination of public clouds. For instance, you might use one for your database and another one for user authentication.
Which cloud is right for my business?
That is the million-dollar question. The answer will come down to a number of factors such as cost management, reliability, performance, security and the skills your IT team possesses.
The good thing is that if you work with the right cloud provider, you don’t have to worry. They will help you make the right choice and do the day-to-day management for you.
At iomart, we manage and connect our customers’ cloud platforms, in our data centres and in the public cloud, saving them from having to invest in expensive infrastructure and freeing their IT teams to concentrate on work that brings real value to their businesses. Discover more about our cloud capabilities