Traditional computing has been the way most businesses operate for decades, but with the arrival of COVID-19 (and even earlier), cloud computing has emerged as the new "traditional way" for a number of reasons.
Although you don't care too much about what makes cloud computing better than traditional IT infrastructure, you've certainly enjoyed its benefits. Let's give you an example: it's Black Friday, you're in front of the special last minute sales, everyone is fighting to get that offer and the website where you are buying never fails, it never stops loading or responding, it just works smoothly throughout the checkout process ... well that's made possible by the unlimited scaled memory capacity and power that Cloud Computing offers. That is why you can enjoy a pleasant user experience! and that’s not all.
Let's look at the top six reasons why cloud computing is replacing traditional IT infrastructure in today's digital world:
# 1. Scalability
Yes, that is the word. Scaling your business is easy with cloud services, as you can handle more data without purchasing storage spaces, software licenses and other tools. Plus, you can do it instantly without interrupting your operations, whereas traditional IT infrastructure requires forecasting and a comprehensive planning and purchasing process to get what you "estimate" you'll need.
# 2. Mobility
By this we mean resources’ mobility. When COVID first appeared, most companies had to adapt rapidly to having employees working from home, that's when traditional IT infrastructures became a problem, mainly due to data access restrictions. With a cloud service, access can be easily managed and operational capabilities are limitless through remote management.
# 3. Security
Don't be fooled by the security myths related to cloud services. When you migrate to cloud services, there are higher and better security options for accessing the data exchange and it can work at a granular level.
Also, data capture -when it is heterogeneous and extensive- can be a problem when using a traditional IT infrastructure. Cloud computing can help you filter, monitor, audit, and process a large amount of data by capturing every detail, enabling complete security.
# 4. Hardware diagnostics
This relates to cross-platform compatibility. When you are developing custom software, the final product must run on many operating systems. Cloud services offer virtualizations that can easily replicate different environments for development and testing, this becomes a really heavy task in traditional IT infrastructure.
# 5. Costs
More data means scaling, scaling means investment, we know that. But because traditional IT infrastructure is physically installed, the cost of resources is much higher than with cloud computing services.
- Virtualizations reduce the cost of tools and equipment needed for testing.
- Integration expenses are lower
- Systems modernization and regular updates expenses are off the table
- There is less or no downtime
- Even spending on employee workstations and tools due to remote capabilities is less.
And we are just mentioning a few.
# 7. Real-time sync
Synchronizing data in real time is a challenge in traditional IT infrastructure as data manipulation is made “on the go”. Cloud services offer real-time synchronizations through virtual servers, allowing you to develop any product by providing real-time data to users without the need for manipulation.
We have a word for you: "resilience." Migration to cloud services allows companies to have a backup plan in the event of any eventuality or under any adverse context. With companies facing economic downturns and resource shortages, cloud services offer innovative solutions at significantly lower cost.