3 Positive Changes Cloud Computing Brings to a Company’s IT Infrastructure
Over the years, IT departments and their managers (CIOs and CTOs) have usually been engaged in two main directions: firstly, the purchase of hardware and software, their deployment, support, and security of corporate systems, secondly, infrastructure planning that meets the growing needs of the business.
Today, the transfer of the infrastructure to the cloud (IaaS) involves the consolidation of tasks under the responsibility of an external service provider, while the internal IT staff begins to think strategically, considering the technology as a tool for business. All this translates into a number of advantages for both the company itself and for its technical staff.
1) Business spends resources on truly necessary things.
With cloud computing, there is no need to allocate substantial resources on support and consumables anymore, which gives businesses a competitive advantage. For example, if competitors are still purchasing servers and pay to store and support them, your company can spend its budget solely on the development, which allows you to quickly get ahead of your rivals.
2) Everything works faster.
Cloud technologies dramatically accelerate many business processes. For example, the traditional model requires you to purchase servers, wait for delivery, install equipment, configure it, and only then move on to application deployment.
While in the case of IaaS you don’t need to waste your precious time on that. A few clicks of a mouse make everything happen. In addition, due to massive volumes of data IaaS-specific service providers offer better quality services than conventional media or even large companies. Such a provider has the resources to hire the best talent, pays great attention to security (the trust of customers is a critical thing in this business) and provides efficient use of existing infrastructure.
3) Market becomes a better place.
When a company changes its approach to the infrastructure and begins to treat it not as a compilation of various elements, but as a service that is one of the foundations of their business, it allows focusing on the more important things.
The growing number of such companies increases the total maturity of the market - its members act on the basis of their strategic needs, and not short-term objectives. As a result, end-users receive better services and reliable products.