Four benefits of migrating applications to public cloud 

According to a 2022 IT Priorities Survey run by TechTarget and Computer Weekly, 50% of IT leaders describe their organisations as ‘cloud-first entities’ prioritising the use of off-site technologies. 

The pandemic of course saw a dramatic transformation in IT strategy and priorities for many organisations. Accelerating their application and workload migration to the public cloud due to hybrid and remote working and an increased need for security, collaborative working, and ease of access.  

Whilst some organisations remain hesitant to get on board due to lack of internal knowledge or feeling overwhelmed, more and more including the UK Government with their Cloud First policy are recognising the variety of benefits and advantages such a move brings when compared to in-house legacy IT systems. 

Whether looking to improve internal processes, access and analyse data faster, or preparing for growth with new technical capabilities and efficiencies, in this article we examine the four benefits of migrating your applications/workloads to the public cloud.  

Greater Cost Savings – One of the biggest financial outlays organisations have is on upfront IT hardware, and the associated software, and ongoing maintenance. With no need for on-site hardware such as servers or storage devices, the public cloud improves efficiencies around this helping you to save on space as well as cost. 

Flexibility and Ability to Scale – utilising pay-as-you-go and scalable models, the public cloud allows organisations to scale their operations up or down as needed dependent on business demands, innovations, and growth. Allowing you to pay for resources easily and quickly as you go.  

Enhanced Security – cloud-hosting providers such as Brightsolid’s partner Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer a range of robust security measures and technologies, from encryption, identity and access management and firewalls to compliance guardrails and expert security teams.  

AWS complies with a range of security and compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1/2/3, PCI DSS, and HIPAA. It is continuously audited and assessed to ensure it maintains these standards and provides a high level of security and data protection. 

Improved Collaboration and Productivity – offering shared real-time access to data and applications no matter where teams are located, the cloud makes it easy for all individuals within your team to collaborate, brainstorm, and work more effectively. A Gartner survey conducted late 2021 found the percentage of workers using cloud-based collaborative tools rose from 55% pre-pandemic to 79% in 2021. 

Migrating to the public cloud – the first steps

Through Brightsolid’s Cloud Migrations service our expert cloud engineers work with organisations to offer a comprehensive, trusted, and professional approach and successfully migrate their applications and workloads to the public cloud. 

This approach begins with a Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA) which gathers insights into how far along an organisation is in their cloud journey and what their current cloud-readiness strengths and weaknesses are. This information is then used to build an action plan to close identified gaps.  

You can use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF) and its six perspectives (business, people, governance, platform, security, and operations) as a framework to help ensure that you have a holistic view of the transformation initiative that is required for an effective move to the cloud.  

If you are considering migrating to the public cloud, please get in touch with one of our team who will be happy to talk you through the process. 

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