Frenzied Move to Cloud…Why?

In a Hurry?  Get moving?  It seems like there is a mad rush to the cloud.  Not sure exactly why.  Sure, there are good reasons to move applications and services to the cloud.  And some equally compelling reasons not to.

Slow down!  Be diligent.  Consider the reasons for both on-premise and cloud computing.  It is true that MotherG offers a suite of services hosted in the cloud (Cloud Services).  It is also true that we host applications in both the public and private cloud.  But in each case, we have made deliberate choices for the solution put forth.  That is, there is a strong Value Proposition for the final choice made.

Reasons for the Cloud:

  • Risk avoidance.  Sometimes, putting the service in the cloud lowers risk.  Email in the cloud should always be available, regardless of what happens to your network. If you have services that are critical to your business, you might want to look in the sky.
  • Opex vs. Capex.  Some organizations are strapped for cash.  They are growing and don’t want to invest big money to upgrade their infrastructure.  Although leasing is always an option, it might make sense to move some of these functions to a hosted service, pay monthly.
  • Lower complexity on-site.  Lots of servers with lots of software make for greater complexity.  More power, data backups, and higher support costs.  Moving some of these services to the cloud can lower complexity, and the associated risks.
  • Reduced costs.  In some cases, cloud services are cheaper than on-premise.  Not always, but there are good examples that can cut costs on some commodity services.

There are good reasons to stay on-premise, too:

  • No access without internet.  When you cloudify, you increase your sensitivity to the internet connections in place.  If the net is down, you are down…
  • Technical limitations.  There are many shop floor applications that demand the ERP system be local.  Other applications like many CAD systems have very large data files that will bog down your network if you move their data to the cloud.  Some software just won’t work with cloud infrastructure.
  • Control.  When the servers and storage are on premises, you have complete control over your technology.  There are some valid reasons that this may matter.
  • Costs.  In many cases, cloud services can be more expensive than owning yourself.  It is frequently the case that a hosted server costs more than buying one.  Why?  Hosted server has security, power protection, climate control, etc. all built in to the price.  So, it may cost more to host.

Find the Right value Proposition 
Be strategic in overall plans, and tactical in execution.  Every client is different.  Each situation merits unique value and risks.  Investigate the aggregate value, risk and costs for the suite of services.  Moving to the cloud does not entail an “all or nothing” approach.  Rather, be selective in what you need local and what works better hosted elsewhere. You can then derive the best overall value proposition for your technology needs.  Then make a plan – no frenzy needed.

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