5 ways adopting cloud-based infrastructure can help your business
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that here at Wirehive we think the cloud offers a wonderful array of benefits to pretty much any business regardless of what they do. But rather than just work on the assumption that you probably already agree we thought it might be interesting to list 5 of the ways that adopting cloud-based infrastructure can significantly benefit you and your organization.
So here we go, five ways adopting cloud infrastructure can benefit your business.
Access to pro level data processing and analytics
This is the biggy.
For a long time, people have been saying that data is the new oil. And it couldn’t be more true. Some people have it in vast quantities and when it is refined and utilized in the correct way it can be immensely valuable.
However, the important bit of that statement, the bit that most people seem to gloss over, is that in its raw form data, much like oil, is pretty much useless, and refining it is not a simple task.
Unless you use cloud infrastructure of course.
And then it really is a complete doddle.
We recently worked with a leading insurance provider to do exactly that. They had a system in place that provided the information they needed, but it was running on custom in-house infrastructure and rapidly approaching end of life. We took their requirements and worked alongside them to design a cloud-based infrastructure that met their requirements and allowed them to access all the other features of the cloud.
The migrated to the cloud and now have the ability to refine truly colossal amounts of data as it is generated.
Backup and disaster recover
Extreme weather events, terrorist action, earthquakes, hackers, even simple hardware failure, the list of ways you could lose your business infrastructure is terrifyingly long.
But with cloud-based infrastructure you can mitigate against pretty much every single one of them.
With the exception of truly global disasters it is perfectly possible to protect against any and all types of failure.
Replicating your infrastructure and the data you use to go about your daily business is simplicity itself, and this can be done in different regions across the world.
Back-ups are no use at all to protect against local events if they are physically located with the original. If you back up your data onto a separate machine and keep that machine in your server room, then you lose both if you lose that room.
This may sound like scaremongering, but flooding, fire, even direct vandalism are all more likely than you would think. And when it comes to risk assessment you need to balance the likelihood of something happening against the severity of the consequences.
So while alien invasion ranks as pretty unlikely, hardware failure is ultimately inevitable. And in either circumstance losing your business infrastructure could cause the loss of your entire business.
So setting up regular backups and systems to automatically recover your infrastructure in the event of an unforeseen disaster is a vital, and surprisingly simple aspect of making the move to cloud-based infrastructure.
Development and testing
Over the last decade or so more and more businesses have come to completely rely on their digital infrastructure to be able to function. And so developing applications, updating software, testing integrations and so on are all things that you don’t really want to risk doing on the live deployment of your business infrastructure.
The traditional solution for this would be to double up on everything. However, when you need to buy the machines in their entirety that can be prohibitively expensive.
With cloud-based infrastructure you can simply spin up a copy of your existing set-up. Run the tests you need, and kill it all off again once you are done.
No complicated set-up, no large fees, and no risk of damaging your existing critical infrastructure.
Get access to vast numbers of services
You may think of office 365 as a way to get Microsoft Office software on a rolling subscription, but there are so many more services available. Microsoft Teams is becoming more and more popular, to the point where it is becoming a serious challenger to Slack’s claim to the throne.
Skype, Visio, Power BI, Forms, and many, many more are all sitting there in the cloud for you to use at a fraction of the price of traditional one off purchased software.
To be honest, this probably deserves an article all of its own, so I’ll stop here. But suffice it to say that if you want to do something there is probably already a service in the cloud to make it easier. You may even be playing for it already.
Cope with extra demand
This is one of the more commonly accepted benefits of cloud-based infrastructure. If you run an ecommerce business, then you likely already know all about the perils of skies in demand to your online site.
Every year we see cautionary tales of companies who didn’t cope with the increase in traffic on Black Wednesday. Sites going down, companies losing millions, businesses going under.
Autoscaling cloud-based infrastructure when done correctly can make this a thing of the past. But more importantly this isn’t just a thing for websites.
Most businesses see short term spikes in demand. Whether it is a health insurance provider seeing a surge in claims for broken bones after the first snowfall of the year (it’s a genuine thing, ask any ER worker), a chain of grocery stores after a famous chef mentions one of their products on a popular TV show, or possibly just the result of a cleverly engineered advertising campaign.
Having a CRM platform that doesn’t suffer when sudden demands are put on it is vital.
This has been a very brief run through some of the most obvious things that might apply to businesses with regards to cloud-based infrastructure, but every vertical, and indeed every business has its own unique needs. If you want to talk to someone about how making the move to cloud-based infrastructure could benefit you and your business then give us a shout, we’d love to hear from you.