31 Aug Can Cloud Alleviate the Problems with Traditional IT Infrastructure?
The world of technology in business isn’t what it was five years ago, with many new and enhanced technologies emerging to improve your business practices.
Utilising the right technology can enhance your business’ growth, help you to become more agile, and provide better protection for your digital assets.
An incredibly significant area of advancement in recent years has been the development of cloud-based solutions as a means of improving on traditional IT infrastructure. Many organisations are still rooted in typically outdated hardware on-premises, which is limiting their current capabilities and the potential of the business.
This isn’t to say that cloud-based solutions are the sole answer; many businesses that have tried to move everything to the cloud have struggled. But with the right balance between onsite and Cloud services, based on requirements, desired outcomes, existing set-up and skill-set, is a good place to start. Importantly, organisations need to understand what challenges they are trying to solve and how to measure the quality and performance they derive pre and post-migration.
How is traditional IT holding back your organisation?
Traditional IT infrastructure allows your IT department to maintain full control of the data and applications that your organisation uses through the use of a local server. The infrastructure is dedicated to your organisation, customised to your needs, and many still consider this practice to be among the most secure solutions for hosting data.
Having traditional IT infrastructure works well once it is all set-up and the right members of staff are tending to it, but in the modern day, there are many elements of its use which limit your business.
One of the most tedious ongoing needs of traditional IT infrastructure is the need to update the software to be covered if a hardware failure occurs and to ensure that sufficient fail–safe systems are in place. But updates can only go so far, and at some point, it will become necessary for hardware to be replaced to support growth.
Historically, IT has been all on-site, and while that worked for many organisations, those who want to achieve growth and be agile encounter many limitations in its sole use in the modern world of business. This traditional approach can still be a core element of a business’ IT, but now, organisations need to try to strike a balance between their on-site systems and the benefits of using cloud-based applications and software as a service.
It’s less about a complete upheaval of your current infrastructure and more about starting a journey towards the more effective methods for enhancing your organisation through new technology, for which Cirro’s smart business growth strategy is ready to help you to create a plan and attain an understanding of how to embark on this journey.
Staying with the traditional approach as your only solution can lead to many problems which are easily alleviated by incorporating other technology into your plan. Here’s how the limitations of traditional IT infrastructure can play out:
- An increase in customers requires infrastructure expansion.
- Purchasing more hardware to meet the resource growth results in a large capital outlay.
- Once purchased, you need to install, setup, patch, break-fix, recover-re-deploy, asset track, and manage the devices as well as the risk profile associated with the new devices.
- Connecting more employees leads to more capital outlay.
- With continued growth, costs continue to grow in peaks and troughs, making it harder to forecast the capital outlay for IT equipment.
- In as little as a few years, the new devices and hardware will fall behind the standard, which limits the production and agility of your organisation.
It has been the trusted standard for many years, but superior solutions are now being utilised by incorporating cloud-based technology. While using the Cloud is a critical part of the journey to making your business better, it’s important that the right balance is struck alongside existing infrastructure on-site. Finding the right partners to deliver tailored solutions to your business is integral to being successful on this journey.
Cloud-based solutions that can alleviate the problems of your traditional IT
A cloud-based solution, when deployed properly to utilise the technology’s full potential, can help to alleviate all of the primary issues associated with traditional IT.
There is a major imbalance in the IT industry as it profits from selling hardware, selling support, and then from customers being required to upgrade. The IT industry’s risk model sees the customer take on 80 per cent of the risk when setting up and using a traditional IT model. With Cirro, the risk becomes shared at 50-50 with our cloud-based solutions. The shared risk means that we, as the supplier, buy into the longevity that you need, which builds a functional relationship.
Traditional IT infrastructure is expensive to set up and maintain, and while upfront costs of establishing a cloud solution can also be high, there are far fewer issues, resulting in profit down the line from lower support overheads and growth in recurring revenues.
Physical hardware sees a steep decline in user experience, dipping below optimal performance in under two years and below minimum useable performance in three years, resulting in further costs across your on-site infrastructure. With Cirro, the user experience is much greater for longer, keeping above or at optimal performance for at least five years.
Using our models, Cirro allows your organisation to be agile for a longer stretch when hardware would begin to limit your agility. Due to the lack of upfront costs down the line and versatility of our cloud-based solutions, your organisation will be able to grow, unencumbered by the restraints associated with a wholly traditional IT approach.
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