I was just doing some research on the cost savings of Cloud computing, and clearly it is shaking up the IT industry. The five points in this Webroot article, “Five Financial Benefits of Moving to the Cloud”, really hit the nail on the head. The major points are listed below.
#1. Fully utilized hardware
#2. Lower power costs
#3. Lower people costs
#4. Zero capital costs
#5. Resilience without redundancy
Not listed in the article details was a 6th way that you save money in the cloud. The following is from conversations I have had with a few of our customers that have moved to the Cloud.
#6. Lower network costs
Since your business services are in the cloud, you can ditch all of those expensive MPLS links that you use to privately tie your offices to your back-end systems, and replace them with lower-cost commercial Internet links. You do not really need more bandwidth, just better bandwidth performance. The commodity Internet links are likely good enough, but… when you move to the Cloud you will need a smart bandwidth shaper.
Your link to the Internet becomes even more critical when you go the Cloud. But that does not mean bigger and more expensive pipes. Cloud applications are very lean and you do not need a big pipe to support them. You just need to make sure recreational traffic does not cut into your business application traffic. Here is my shameless plug: The NetEqualizer is perfectly designed to separate out the business traffic from the recreational. Licensing is simple, and surprisingly affordable.
The NetEqualizer is Cloud-Ready. If you are moving your business applications to the Cloud, contact us to see if we can help ease congestion for your traffic going both to and from the Cloud.