Whether your organization is migrating to the cloud for the first time or starting to embrace a hybrid cloud solution with a mix of on-prem storage, 2019 is the year to transform your enterprise.
If your company is only beginning to adopt cloud infrastructure, whether that’s migrating infrastructure, applications, or services, then you have some catching up to do. In a recent survey, IDC found that nearly every organization researched had or is planning to have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure within the cloud by next year.
The upside, however, is that technology options have never been better. In its Service Provider Pulse, IDC noted cloud services demand is causing cloud service providers (CSPs) to develop new offerings to meet customer demand. Some of these new offerings are coming from next wave providers, which can tailor specific solutions for customers.
Whether your enterprise is considering upgrading legacy IT to meet current trends or preparing to deliver new products and services to your customers, here are five reasons why cloud infrastructure is necessarily for any enterprises in the new year.
Perhaps even more important than speed is predictability. Migrating workloads to the cloud requires trust—that if you run the same workload multiple times, you’ll get the same results each time. CSPs give enterprises reliable infrastructure to build new services and retain customers, who have little patience for costly downtime. This is especially important for health care providers, government agencies, and telecommunication companies, which base their much of their value on dependability.
This year UKFast, which hosts thousands of ecommerce sites, saw a 30% spike in Black Friday web traffic.1 Consumer demands for internet services are growing across world. Cisco predicts IP traffic will grow three-times larger than it is today over the next four years.2 No matter what your business happens to be, you’re going to have to rely on cloud infrastructure to reach and serve your clients.
CSPs can predict and prepare for workload demands during seasonal events like Black Friday, but every business can be unpredictable. Service demands can fluctuate due to a variety of factors—for instance Approved Food, an online discount retailer specializing in selling short-dated food, needed to grow almost immediately to prepare for national TV appearances and handle shipping requests for over 45,000 items per day. Staying competitive requires a cloud infrastructure that can respond on-demand with the flexibility for high-growth phases when needed.
Part of an enterprise’s growth can require new applications, which need to be deployed easily in the cloud with the option to move them to where they can be optimized. Choosing a CSP that operates on standardized infrastructure can ensure your company has the ability to move from public, private, and hybrid solutions as business or regulation dictates.
Of all the reasons to migrate to the cloud, above all is cost efficiency. Whether you’re a company with decades of experience or a newer player growing quickly in a competitive market, everyone is looking to save wherever possible. Moving off legacy equipment to a cloud infrastructure can help lower TCO in the long run, more than making up for the initial investment. This process can be complex, and consulting firm McKinsey & Company have suggested a transition with hybrid cloud configurations can help lower operating costs.
As I stated earlier, if your enterprise is just now beginning to move to the cloud, you likely know how fast you need to catch up. Thankfully, there’s never been a better time. Learn more about Intel cloud technologies and the benefits they bring to CSPs at intel.com/csp.