By now (unless you’ve been living under a rock), if you’re an IT professional, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about cloud computing. While there are many definitions of cloud computing out there, we like to define it as a new way for IT to solve traditional problems. But to realize the cloud’s many benefits, focus, proven process, artifacts, and execution methodology are all required. While that may sound like a lot, the many benefits of the cloud may make it worth your while. If you’re wondering to yourself exactly “what are the benefits of cloud computing?” we have you covered with our list of seven benefits below.
1) Improved ROI
- Accelerated time to service means shorter deployment times which reduce start-up costs.
- Increased system utilization from the industry average of 15% to 80%.
- Achieve labor and capital efficiencies; drive up the ratio between sysadmins and systems from 100:1 to 1000:1 or higher.
2) Faster and More Agile Customer Responsiveness
- Self-service/service catalog reduce wait times.
- Capacity on demand turns scalability into a matter of minutes/hours vs. weeks/months.
3) Resource Optimization
- Automated resource re-purposing via orchestration tools that optimize resource utilization.
- Centralized orchestration–one unified tool set for accounts and operations management.
4) New Computing Paradigms
- Large/dynamic compute/storage grids.
- Data analysis grids–for example, we found in a comparison between traditional storage vs. Hadoop, the cost for hardware and licensing was $400K for the traditional solution and $10K for Hadoop.
5) Unprecedented Scalability
- Massive resource density–for example, we’ve implemented 152K systems/912PB in a 50,000 sq. ft. data center managed by 35 staff.
- Modular building blocks.
- Elastic/horizontal scalability means there are no pre-constrained capacity limitations.
6) Enterprise Enablement
- Team specific functionality–for example, using cloud computing, a client of ours was able to create a new virtual environment with lots of compute power and storage capacity to create a globally distributed virtual R+D environment.
- Partner clouds–custom-configured clouds allow for development partners.
7) ITIL-Driven Dervice
- Accelerated time to service means standard methods for new users, services, and capacity.
- Increased system utilization results in processes optimized for scale.
Cloud computing is not the solution for everyone, but given the bevy of benefits it can provide, it does warrant thorough evaluation and consideration.
To learn more about this topic, read Taos White Paper | The benefits of Cloud Computing