Transitioning to cloud computing, applications, storage, and infrastructure makes IT management’s job infinitely easier. While many business leaders focus on the cloud’s low cost or on its flexibility, IT managers know its real benefit: The cloud eliminates most of the hardest parts of their jobs.
High Stability Rates
A rate of 99.9 percent reliability may sound like an excellent real-world goal for a corporate network, but a network that spends one entire business day per year down is actually more than 99.9 percent reliable. IT leaders live in fear of downtime, especially during business hours. Even well-managed corporate IT departments frequently lack the staff, the equipment, or the scale to properly prepare for disasters or handle system utilization spikes. Some don’t even have testing regimes or backup systems that work right. This leads to downtime.
Cloud computing vendors have the resources and the business discipline to provide extremely high levels of reliability. Their business isn’t selling widgets — it’s providing always-accessible network resources. As such, their infrastructures provide levels of reliability that most companies can’t equal.
Faster Implementation and Scaling
Putting a new system in place can take years or months for an IT department. The department has to determine what to purchase, they have to negotiate purchases and support contracts, and they must add additional equipment to support the new function. Finally, they must install it, and then test everything. Furthermore, once a system or tool is in place, adding and subtracting capacity can be equally complicated and time-consuming. Cloud providers can add tools in hours or days– instead of months. Many can instantaneously scale their offerings up or down to meet a client’s needs as well.
The End of Upgrades
System upgrades are a thorn in the side of many IT departments. On one hand, upgrades can add additional functionality or higher reliability while also ensuring that the company’s software and hardware remains supported. Upgrades are also expensive to buy, may require additional supporting equipment, and can take months to plan. After the planning process, the upgrade has to be installed and tested. Cloud application upgrades, though, get handled by the service provider and are transparent to end users.
Eliminating Human Failure Points
In an appropriately staffed IT department, everyone has a job to do. Many are specialists, and it’s conceivable that a company could have only one person with a given skill. If that person leaves, the IT department loses the ability to provide that service. Cloud companies have teams of people, ensuring redundancy.