This blog will look at an area of the business which might cause some people's eyes to automatically glaze-over, but my challenge is to take this potentially boring topic and flip it on its head. What am I talking about? Cost seems to drive most conversations around cloud adoption, but we all tend to pretend it doesn't. Each cloud is different, everyone knows that. But here's the news flash: the way that cloud providers charge for their clouds is equally as different, and it can actually be a dangerous conversation to enter if you're not equipped with the knowledge you need to navigate it well.
We make thousands of decisions every day -- 35,000, if you believe internet sources. If you are a corporate executive or an IT manager, one of the bigger decisions you may be struggling with is whether public cloud is right for your business. And if it is, which applications should you deploy in the public cloud? Which ones should stay on premises?
By now, you must have heard a lot about the cloud. How it can transform the way you manage your data. And even introduce new ways to collaborate. But which cloud is right for you? Hybrid cloud--the best of both worlds Private clouds can be very costly to build and manage, while long-term reliance on public clouds can rack up unexpectedly high usage bills.
Throughout the rest of 2018, small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) are expected to continue to increase their usage of cloud services for data storage, file hosting and sharing, web-based email and customer relationship management -- in other words, almost every essential function of business. A vast majority of SMBs are already using at least one cloud-based application, and that number is likely to increase this year as these companies continue to discover the competitive advantages offered by the cloud and cloud-based applications. So, how is cloud usage growing and changing for SMBs, and how are providers rising up to meet their demands? More than 60 percent of IT professionals predict their operating system will become irrelevant due to cloud-based programs.1 That's a jaw-dropping statistic, but it makes sense when you see just how far the cloud is infiltrating into daily work life.
Unless you are a brand new startup, you probably have legacy systems that your new applications need to integrate with. Of course, it doesn't have to be legacy data. It could be new IoT, analytics or other digital data you will be generating. Unless you plan to host all of this data on the public cloud, you probably need to consider a private cloud. Sure, you could purchase a direct link to a public cloud and host your apps there, but all this data transfer is likely to get very expensive if there is a lot of data going back and forth.