5 Benefits of Public Cloud Computing
October 25, 2021
Considering a move to public cloud? It’s come a long way – first, from primarily a place for IT to test and develop applications – to now supporting enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites and other mission-critical enterprise workloads in a proven, stable and secure production environment.
There are many business benefits of moving your applications and workloads to public cloud, and you may be wondering which will apply to your company. With a well-planned and executed migration that’s aligned to business goals, organizations can unlock benefits including:
#1 – Scalability. Often, the greatest allure of public cloud is that it offers an on-demand, hyper-scale environment. Gone are the days of estimating future needs and paying upfront for hardware and storage capacity you may never use. Leveraging public cloud, you can increase (or decrease) resources automatically and dynamically, in response to changing business needs and dynamic market conditions – scaling applications, users and workloads to remain agile and drive competitive advantage.
#2 – Simplified disaster recovery. With literally a few clicks of a button, companies can automate backing up their data, applications and other resources across global public cloud regions. It’s very easy. Unlike on-premises disaster recovery, you don’t have to worry about maintaining equipment in multiple data centers and paying for associated staffing and infrastructure costs. Public cloud providers offer automated, scalable disaster recovery services, delivering redundancy and geographic diversity to support business continuity and compliance strategies.
#3 – Cost savings. A move to public cloud can result in significant cost savings – eliminating hardware and associated maintenance costs, and reducing expenses related to storage, networking, software licenses and more. Pay-as-you-go packages enable companies to pay only for the resources that they need. A word to the wise, though – a move to public cloud isn’t an automatic guarantee of cost reductions. In fact, a hasty “lift-and-shift” strategy could actually cost your business more or introduce security holes. Managed services providers such as NTT Managed Services can help with cloud cost optimization, with consolidation during a migration and post-migration that includes regular right- and tight-sizing reviews.
#4 – Staying up-to-date. When deploying applications on-premise, updating and maintaining them is often time- and resource-intensive. In contrast, the operating systems, applications and services available in public cloud – including security, cloud-native development, application monitoring and management, AI, big data analytics and more – are typically the latest and greatest available. For companies that like to be on the cutting-edge and enjoy access to new tools and enhancements from an ecosystem of vendors and developers supporting the public cloud, this is often a key benefit.
#5 – Resource optimization. Whether on-prem or in a private data center environment, companies managing their own infrastructure typically need larger staffs and have higher employee costs, given the specialization required (e.g., storage, networking, virtualization, DevOps, etc.). In public cloud, many formerly time-intensive and error-prone activities can be automated over infrastructure the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining. It’s then easy for businesses to programmatically deploy (or undeploy) resources, scale applications and adapt capacity, without putting a drain on IT. Importantly, IT staff can also be freed up to address more strategic and revenue-generating activities.
Of course, there are many more benefits of transitioning to public cloud – from high availability to no capital investments to future-proofing your business and more. These are just a sample.
NTT Managed Services works with companies worldwide, every day, to help them unlock the full benefits of the cloud – and chart the public cloud (or private, hybrid or multi-cloud) journey that’s right for their business. From cloud planning to migration, and from management to modernization, we help clients reduce costs and complexities, increase scalability and resilience, and realize their business goals.
By Nick Suter, Sr. SAP Public Cloud Architect, NTT