Application workloads and storage systems require compute and storage resources. As the demand increases, the task of managing these resources on-premise can become challenging; eventually, forcing you to consider other options: datacenters and cloud services.
In a typical datacenter, you buy rack space and install your hardware and manage. The health of the hardware shall be monitored continually and requires maintenance from time to time.
A cloud service provider (CSP) abstracts this hardware maintenance and takes care of it so that you don’t need to buy rack space and you’d be freed from the burden of maintaining the hardware.
Below are some reasons why you should go for a cloud service provider (CSP) instead of a datacenter.
In the case of a datacenter, achieving dynamic scaling can be a difficult task, as either resource should be readily available, which dramatically increases the operational cost; or shall be procured and provisioned, which can be time-consuming.
CSPs often provide self-service portals, using which, you can log in and manage your resources and can get resources on-demand instantaneously. These self-service portals allow you to scale up or scale down the resources as required.
When using datacenter environments, optimizing IT infrastructure costs can be challenging unless the resource consumption is massive enough.
A CSP only charges you for what you use and provides additional resources on-demand. If it’s a Public Cloud from the CSP, the flexibility is more as the billing would be hourly and requires no contractual commitments.
3. Maintenance and Support
In the case of a datacenter, it is upon you and your team to carry out maintenance tasks regularly. You’d be responsible for the administrative and maintenance routines.
However, in the case of a cloud service provider, they perform ongoing updates and maintenance activities. In turn, this reduces the cost of operation.
4. Disaster Recovery
Cloud service providers often have tie-ups with multiple datacenters in various geographies. They can help you replicate your cloud setups across multiple locations to safeguard against any outage or natural disaster.
However, a datacenter environment gives you no such facility. You have to tie up with another datacenter and set up your disaster recovery, or you shall collaborate with a third-party for disaster recovery setup.
Disaster recovery is an essential aspect of a business continuity plan; and, cloud services can be the right choice for you for its seamless backup, recovery options, as well as dynamic scaling.
Shifting Operations to the Cloud
Gartner predicts that the worldwide public cloud revenue is expected to grow 17.5% in 2019 and exponentially through 2022. Infrastructure as a service is expected to reach $38.9 billion this year, showing a growth rate of 27.5%.
The demand for cloud services has been increasing as organizations are recognizing the benefits like scalability, flexibility, and ease of use.
If you’re not sure how you can shift from datacenter environments to Cloud or how to plan your cloud strategy, E2E Networks can help you through the flagship Cloud Transformational services.