“It has been a dream for us,” the CEO of Gatesway Foundation explained of the non-profit’s leap from an outdated server-based IT infrastructure to a robust cloud-based IT infrastructure for its enterprise resource planning software. Hosting applications in the cloud helps businesses improve business management software to automate back-office functions.
Your legacy IT infrastructure may be limiting your ability to reach your business goals, making this a good time to learn about moving to web-enabled applications.
But a simple swap from legacy infrastructure to the cloud isn’t always easy. A cloud migration strategy will help you determine the key steps needed to move to the cloud. This includes defining the migration strategy (rehost, replatform, refactor) for each of your applications. Once you have this figured out, you’ll gain the benefits of the cloud.
Hosting applications in the cloud allows organizations to align business applications with IT and digital transformation initiatives, improve availability and reliability, simplify application delivery and end-user access, and enhance business continuity.
Top 6 reasons to consider hosting applications in the cloud
Here are six reasons why you should consider hosting your business applications in the cloud:
1. Ensure high availability and reliability
Applications in the cloud are often more reliable than software running on in-house infrastructure. Cloud hosting providers have the redundant infrastructure and dedicated personnel with the specific skillsets and resources needed to ensure continuous availability. Service-level agreements will guarantee 24/7/365 and 99.9% availability of your applications.
2. Simplify application delivery across the user base
With web-enabled applications, local installation becomes a thing of the past. Applications in the cloud ensure that all of your employees and partners are using the same version of software – including security and feature updates – without depending on users to do anything.
3. Improve application access and connectivity
The right people have access to the right information at the right time. Ease of access and ease of use are greatly improved when a business application is web-enabled and hosted in the cloud. Mobile? Off-site? Working from home? Traveling? Having your application in the cloud means employees can work anywhere and with any device connected to the internet. Everyone can get the information they need when they need it, without having remember to download it in advance.
4. Reduce IT operations headaches
Time and resources spent maintaining hardware and concerns over lack of redundancy can be major stressors for IT when self-hosting a legacy platform. Imagine, no more worries about pushing your servers to the end of their useful lives.
More time for IT staff to focus on revenue generating projects is made available when you host your applications in the cloud, especially if the application is in a managed provider’s cloud. By outsourcing mundane and time-consuming operational tasks to a managed cloud provider, someone else takes over the operational headaches.
5. Reduce IT infrastructure costs
Eliminating hardware makes cloud application hosting a smart financial decision for many businesses. The elastic pricing of the cloud may reduce your outlay for IT equipment, high-cost data center facilities to store it, and staff to maintain it. Elasticity lets you pay as you go for what you use, without investing too much in soon-to-be-obsolete hardware to deliver maximum capacity ‘just in case.’
6. Safeguard disaster recovery and backup
The cloud is disaster ready, cutting your risks significantly. Of all the benefits of hosting your application in the cloud, effective DR may be the most critical. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with cloud-to-cloud recovery can replicate systems from any cloud and failover to another cloud in minutes.
An IT manager will likely always remember the day a mission-critical system crashed. When the system went down, business came to a halt. It’s likely the organization could never restore all of the lost information – some of it was simply lost to the ether. Failure to recover is much more likely to occur when critical applications are hosted in-house than in a cloud.
See how we helped a non-profit organization move to the cloud
TierPoint client, The Anchor Group, helped Gatesway Foundation modernize their back-office applications to gain operational benefits. Anchor provides a robust flexible solution for their client with the help of TierPoint’s Multitenant cloud.
Are you considering cloud application hosting?
Do you have applications that would be more useful in the cloud? We can help make that a reality. At TierPoint, we offer customized IT services including managed hosting and application management to support an organization through your cloud migration. Our team of cloud advisors can help you to work through your cloud strategy and consider your options. Contact us today to learn more.