Cloud Computing: How Can It Benefit Your Company?
Most likely, you’ve heard that moving to the Cloud can save your organization money; this is very true.
Let’s explain some of the ways that Cloud Computing enhance your bottom line:
Save Money On Additional Hardware When You Need It
If your application is running On-Site, you need to determine what exact hardware you need – CPU, memory, etc. – and price it out. Then you must secure budgetary funds, go through your company’s procurement process to order it, and wait for it to arrive. Once it arrives, you must work with your Operations team to perform upgrades or set up the new equipment. The additional hardware you need for your application will not be in place to improve your application’s performance until all these steps have been completed.
Now, in this same situation: if your application was running in the Cloud, you would request from the Cloud Provider the changes needed for your environment and within a few hours your requested changes would be completed. This is much easier, quicker, and requires less work by your company to accomplish the necessary changes. Additionally, you would not have to pay the full cost of the hardware; you would pay your Cloud Provider monthly as you go.
Only Pay For Resources When They Are Used
This is especially important for environments that are not so frequently used, a good example of which is your Performance Testing environment.
It is hard to justify this cost since a performance testing environment needs to be close to the scale of your production environment; this “high horsepower” environment would be very expensive to purchase. However, if you could only pay for this environment as needed it would save your company money, freeing up additional budgetary funds for other efforts.
Increase the Up-Time of Your Servers
With local on-site hosting, additional servers need to be ordered and set up for redundancy, which could take weeks due to the procurement process and delivery. With cloud computing, servers are automatically added as needed to replace failed servers. No work is required to increase the up-time of your servers or applications.
Make Your Applications Available to Remote Office Locations
With local On-Site hosting, your security team needs to configure the company firewall to allow for remote office connectivity, as well as possibly requesting more internet bandwidth for the added connectivity. Cloud Computing allows any remote office to immediately connect to your application, with no actions required by your company.
Local On-Site hosting places the responsibility on your operations team of regularly identifying and deploying updates and spending the time to deploy them to the servers in your environments.
With Cloud Computing, the hosting provider applies updates as needed with no work required by your company.
A downside of Cloud Computing is that hosting providers can Auto-Scale (read: increase) the number of servers used in order to meet increased demands; as servers are added, the hosting charges to your company increase. Hosting companies default to aggressive Auto-Scaling to minimize any potential performance degradations – which unfortunately means a higher monthly Cloud Provider’s bill for you.
The Solution to Avoid Unnecessary Price Increase: Performance Testing
Performance Testing allows for the measurement of your application’s performance, so that you can adjust the auto-scaling of your cloud service. This way servers can be added at a minimal rate while keeping your application performance acceptable during high usage levels, at minimum cost to your company – resulting in savings to your company.
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