One of the major buzzed about technologies in business communications today is the cloud. It’s a concept that has increasingly spread from corporate America to the consumer sector. Cloud services have become an indispensable part of modern telecommunications and super popular for consumers who own a lot of digital information.
The idea of migrating to the cloud has become a vital consideration for small businesses, as well as multinational corporations.
Factors That Influence Migrating to the Cloud
For many, migrating to the cloud is a no-brainer. The decision to move to the cloud could be influenced by the current hardware in use by a business or the overall size of the organization.
If you are one of those interested in cloud migration for your business, here are some additional factors that may come up during most discussions about cloud migration.
Existing Data Centers
A well-established and modern data center may perform exceedingly well for one business, but another organization may not have the same amount of investment for an on-site data center. The can cause the functionality and age of the data center to influence the cost of migrating to the cloud.
For small businesses, the chance to use cloud services makes sense because the business will have to access to enterprise-class hardware. With cloud migration, there is no investment required for server hardware, so start-up businesses and small businesses can set up applications and house data without a significant hit to the budget. In some cases, partial migration may be a better option so a business can keep some data housed on-site.
Suitability of Applications in the Cloud
For consumers, the cloud is nothing more than a place to store data. Although businesses will also store data, it is also common for businesses to use proprietary software applications that must function in a cloud environment.
In some cases, a company may need to abandon or re-engineer old applications, particularly if they run on legacy operating systems. Testing may be required to ensure an application can be updated or used in the new cloud environment, but in the end, it is a great investment for a business.
Meeting Bandwidth Demands
The demands placed on business internet connections is significant in today’s digital environment.
The variety of cloud services a business uses will influence its bandwidth needs. For example, a business that chooses to use cloud-hosted email services may not require as much bandwidth as a company that uses applications like Dropbox or SharePoint.
Another feature impacting bandwidth usage is latency. Latency measures how long it takes a device to reach the cloud server and receive a response. Cloud-hosted email services aren’t terribly dependent on having excellent latency, but businesses utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) may experience significant hassles with poor latency.
Planning a move to the cloud requires more than a decision on the scope of cloud services. Migration must also include discussion of bandwidth requirements, application demands, and virtual desktop features.
The costs and benefits of migration will also vary for each business. A consultation with Vergent can help your business start the process of migrating to the cloud.
If you are ready to experience a seamless network environment and managed IT services that feature support for cloud migration, get your free Vergent Communications consultation today.