In today’s competitive market, cloud computing offers an outstanding opportunity not just to innovate, but to do so more quickly and more cost-effectively than ever. It is an exceptionally efficient platform for IT-service delivery. Because you can create new virtual servers in a cloud with unmatched speed and consistency, as well as allocate IT resources like processing power and storage automatically on the basis of policies, clouds can bring new services into production much faster than traditional architectures.
Additionally, operational costs—particularly capital expenditures—fall because of cloud computing’s utility-style billing, which is based on real use. This approach makes it much less risky for organizations to experiment with new services. Unsuccessful services that see little utilization will generate low bills. On the other hand, if service usage is high, the costs will be justified by the fact that the service is successful, end users are receiving the intended value and, in the case of external services, significant new revenues are generated.
And because cloud strengths are well suited to many kinds of services, clouds can also create many different forms of new value. The five examples that follow illustrate how cloud computing has helped organizations accomplish more—more quickly and less expensively—throughout 2015.
Data center backup in a cloud
What if organizations could cost-effectively back up an entire data center—or enough of it to restore critical business functions in the event of an unexpected disaster?
This concept, all but impossible only a few years ago, is now standard operating procedure with many organizations using cloud computing at the close of 2015. In a cloud, virtual servers are created and provisioned on demand by business policies. This means that new virtual servers can be created to replicate any or all production servers already in routine use by an organization for its essential internal and external services. In a cloud, it can happen in very little time.
Today, organizations can use cloud platforms to duplicate some or all data center capabilities in at least two different ways:
(1) They can create policies in a third-party cloud that will in turn generate new virtual servers when needed, then populate them with the appropriate software stack and data required to operate or restore services.
(2) For an even faster response to a disaster (or outage of any kind), they can create the virtual servers themselves in advance, and leave them up and running at all times—a “hot” backup site, complete with all the necessary software pre-provisioned, meaning only the latest data need be moved before services are fully restored.
The business implications of both of these scenarios are enormously significant. Business continuity, for instance, improves considerably because the organization no longer relies on a single service-delivery infrastructure—it’s no longer “putting all its IT eggs in one basket.” Should services fail and then involve a long assessment and remediation process, the organization can temporarily fail over to the alternate infrastructure in a cloud. This capability can dramatically reduce the negative business impact that might otherwise have occurred until resolution of the problems in the primary data center.
And for both of these scenarios, the ongoing costs of the cloud-hosted backup site are surprisingly low. That’s because the vast majority of the time, the organization’s utilization of the backup site is minimal or nonexistent, and cloud billing is based on that utilization.
As disaster recovery becomes a growing priority for businesses, cloud backup has given them the tools to quickly, easily and affordably prepare for whatever may come. Especially for small and midsize organizations with small IT budgets, cloud computing surpasses every other option by eliminating the costs and management complexity associated with traditional backup solutions, which require a redundant hardware and software infrastructure. Cloud computing enables organizations to simplify the process and significantly reduce capital expenditures.
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