Why you should switch to 100% cloud on your next server replacement cycle

Posted by Mark Jennings - February 26, 2019 - Cloud Computing

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The age-old technology refresh cycle—you invest in new equipment, only to be forced to replace it a few years later when it reaches the end of its life. Servers can be one of the most frustrating items to replace, since they are so critical to business operations.

 As you migrate more of your business infrastructure over to a cloud-based environment, the question of whether to replace on-premise servers inevitably comes up. Many companies reason that keeping their servers operational is still necessary even after migrating to a cloud solution. However, there are many benefits to consider when deciding to move to a serverless office. In fact, Gartner says that by 2020, a corporate 'no cloud' policy will be as rare as a 'no-internet' policy is today.

Today, the answer to the question “should I replace my server with another on-prem server” is typically no.  According to International Data Corporation (IDC), cloud will reach 60% of all IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services and technology spending by 2020."

Here are four reasons you don’t need to replace your servers after completing the migration to a cloud-based environment.

1. Better Cost Savings on Equipment and Support

In-house IT costs can be one of the largest expenses that businesses have to manage. This is especially the case when supporting a growing infrastructure with various needs and complexities.

On-premise solutions can be very demanding as far as hardware. Add to this the need to hire experienced salaried IT staff members to manage it all, and it’s easy to see why so many companies are abandoning on-premise formats for cloud-based solutions.

Cloud computing eliminates the need for largescale hardware investments and requires significantly less resource expenditure. Instead, all of your computing needs are included in one monthly fee and are much easier to maintain. In addition, server and application resources can be increased or decreased as the needs of your organization change, keeping costs in line.

 2. Increased Operational Efficiency

Today, cloud computing has become a standard way of doing business for organizations in every industry. One of the main reasons has to do with the fact that cloud technologies are designed to drive more operational efficiency.

In a cloud-based working environment, it's easier to allow collaboration between employees regardless of where they’re located. Because of the mobility that cloud computing allows, businesses can increase their productivity with satellite teams while enabling them to easily access mission-critical data remotely.

3. Improved Server Uptime and Access to Support

Another benefit that cloud-based computing offers over on-premise servers and data storage is an increase in server uptime and access to 24/7 support.

Unlike in-house teams, managed IT service providers can support your business at all hours of the day, ensuring you maximize your server uptime and quickly address any issues as they arise. Cloud providers can also deliver better security options than most in-house teams can manage. Because of their specialized nature, MSPs are a great solution for ensuring your data stays protected and is recoverable in the event of data breaches or other catastrophic events.

4. Higher Scalability with Serverless Architecture

The great thing about a cloud-based infrastructure is its ability to remain agile as your company scales.

Legacy servers and applications often have trouble staying up to date with modern business technologies and cloud-based integrations. By migrating all of your servers and applications to a cloud-based environment, it is much easier to upgrade them appropriately when the time comes and change your resource allotment as the company grows.

Moving towards a serverless office has many benefits as you position your company for sustainability. So long as you’ve invested in the right cloud-based solution, replacing your on-premise servers doesn’t have to be a necessity. By creating a cloud-based infrastructure and eliminating the need for unnecessary in-house IT expense, you can better-control your costs while giving yourself the flexibility to scale your company as needed.

There are various models by which to implement cloud computing within organizations. It is important to review the applications and resources in use in the organization to determine the best fit.

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Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings is SymQuest’s Area Vice President of IT Sales. Jennings works with SymQuest’s sales and service teams to educate customers on current best practices around data protection, disaster recovery, security, and overall technology planning.

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