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Many businesses have taken advantage of the benefits available from migrating their On-Premise IT to a Cloud delivered infrastructure such as scalability, self-service provisioning, redundancy and pay-per-use services. In this article we examine what exactly is involved, based on factors such as cost, performance and security.
A Cloud computing implementation (where your IT infrastructure and resources are hosted and managed by a provider such as DC Two) when compared to on-premise (where IT is hosted and maintained physically in your own premise usually by your own staff) moves the management and cost centre of your IT to an Operational Expenditure (OpEx) model from Capital Expenditure (CapEx). This can have many positive benefits for a business which are discussed below.
With Cloud computing you only need to pay for the resources you consume, with none of the on-going procurement, maintenance and upkeep costs associated with your own hardware / software installation. Plus, price is normally billed on a monthly basis.
In a Cloud environment computing performance can be scaled up or down on demand driven by user requirements and company growth. Whilst new applications or software can be provisioned instantly, removing both delays and configuration issues when compared to an on-premise solution.
Any future updates in terms of software and hardware is catered for in a cloud solution by the provider via automated monthly licenses. This ensures computing performance and software version control is always optimised.
Your employees, partners and clients can access their full computing power and server resources remotely 24/7 rather than having to wait until being back in the office.
A good Cloud implementation will come with a complete backup and replication solution ensuring ultimate downtime protection in the event of unforeseen issues.
Whilst it may seem counter intuitive, your data security will be better in a cloud environment than in on-premise IT infrastructure solution. Datacentres (where cloud is hosted and delivered from) operate 24/7 with constantly monitored multiple levels of both physical and virtual security systems.
Of course, every business is different and to ensure a full understanding of the implications of moving to a Cloud based solution we advise you should undertake a complete cost comparison analysis. This is a process DC Two have implemented many times and can help you with.
Once a decision to migrate has been made, the process can be completed between 3-5 days, depending on your requirements.
Our migration technology specialists utilise the best available tools to ensure every element of a successful migration is considered. We fully understand your IT landscape before determining the appropriate migration strategy for each application. The target architecture is designed and then transition is executed to the agreed plan.
Contact us today so our expert team can speak to you about your specific needs and tailor a solution for your business and budget. On an ongoing basis, cloud computing is far more reliable and cost effective for any business.
LIMITED TIME ONLY, we are offering your first month FREE plus most of our services are available as a FREE trial* so you can make sure they suit your needs.
Don't take our word for it, our team is more than happy to take you through how this can benefit your specific needs, and tailor a package just for you.
* Please contact our team about our FREE trials. Most products and services can be trials but there may be some limitations.
We've partnered with DC Two for nearly ten years, and love their friendly approach to looking after their clients. DC Two are always happy to help when something needs quick attention. They've even helped pitch a few solutions to our end clients as well!
Top marks to the DC Two team and we'll continue partnering with them for many years to come.
- Steve Edwards, activIT Systems