29 Mar Why Corporate Data Centers are Migrating to the Cloud
Is your Data Center (DC) long in the tooth and in need of a refresh? We all know that businesses today have a staggering amount of data they rely on, on a daily basis and their information needs to be accessed in a rapid, secure and reliable manner. The traditional model has been to replace your Servers and Storage once every 3 to 5 years, often costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the size and scale of the organization. But the Data Center is so much more than processing power and storage, so let’s take a look at the ingredients in a modern DC.
At a minimum, data centers serve as the principal repositories for IT equipment, including servers, storage, Ethernet switches, routers and firewalls, as well as the cabling and physical racks used to organize and interconnect the IT equipment. A data center also contains power distribution and supplemental power subsystems, including electrical switching; uninterruptable power supplies (UPS); backup generators; ventilation and cooling systems. All of this demands a physical facility with physical security and sufficient physical space to house the entire collection of infrastructure and equipment.
In addition to the large capital expense involved with building out your DC, it takes an unbelievable amount of electricity to power and cool an entire data center. Now more than ever, businesses are searching for new, innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Often such solutions not only improve a business’s reputation among customers, but can even reduce costs, considering the expense of electricity and electronic waste. Cloud computing has enabled businesses a way to cut costs and go green. Cloud computing now allows businesses to run all their servers and applications remotely, powered through secure, geo-redundant purpose-built data centers.
This disruption started to emerge more than a decade ago when Amazon Web Services officially launched in August of 2006. While far from the first large-scale “cloud” offering, Amazon’s sheer size and scale forever recalibrated the vision of what the cloud could be and the scale it could offer to business. Since that time the commercial cloud transformed the computing landscape across the globe and has opened the eyes of business leaders to a new reality. Today, it is estimated that more than 89% of all businesses use the public cloud and even the US Government has embraced its spirit.
We have now discussed the cost savings, both in equipment and energy, so let’s take a look at many of the other advantages and reasons to consider migrating your corporate DC to the cloud.
- Improved Flexibility – Scaling up is easy, rapid and handled by a third party that specializes in this service, freeing up your internal staff to focus on your strategic initiatives. You can quickly make changes in response to business needs, new technology, changing market conditions or productivity issues.
- Data Security and Compliance – Tier 3 DC’s are designed for maximum security with 24/7 video surveillance, RFID readers on every door, Biometric scanning and iron-clad security policies. All cabinets and cages include combination locks. These facilities are also audited to meet the stringent security requirements of PCI ,HIPAA and other regulatory standards.
- Automatic Updates – In-house software and security updates can take hours – and that’s when the process goes smoothly. In the cloud, service providers are in charge of updates; that’s one less thing you have to manage and roll out. They will track when updates need to be made – and the best time to make them. Your systems will always be up to date this way.
- Faster Disaster Recovery – In enterprise data centers, staff members are scrambling to recover data and restore systems – no matter what time of day it is. Moving to the cloud can ensure data back-up, fail-over of servers and secondary data centers in case of regional disasters.
- Freeing up Valuable Space – The cost of square footage is always a concern to organisations, so why take up valuable real estate to house your DC?
- Specialized Talent – The business of the data center requires top notch IT specialist that live and breath the cloud, therefore they attract the best of the best. They are not required to wear multiple hats and are purposely trained to excel in their field.
- Globalization – The world is getting smaller and competition is stiffer than ever before; workforce’s are more distributed; to keep up, business leaders realize that they can be the disruptor in the market with more aggressive use of the cloud, or face the prospect of being the disrupted.
With all the reason’s and advantages the cloud offers, the migration to the cloud needs to be handled with Kid Gloves, to be a success. KloudTek Consulting has one of the deepest, talented and globalized team of Cloud experts in our portfolio of data center partners who have been successfully moving firms to the cloud for a decade. Ping us before you start your journey 🙂