Over time, businesses have been advised to carry out cloud migration. In simple terms, it means the movement of a company’s IT resources, digital assets, services, databases, and applications into the cloud
According to Layer3Cloud, a local cloud service provider, the transition of businesses and organizations from on-premises IT infrastructure to cloud environments will provide adequate security and safety of data – in the long run, will spur the growth of digital resources and revenues.
According to experts, when businesses embrace cloud technology, they can prevent a lot of human errors, share information efficiency and speed up the decision-making process.
“This helps them boost productivity by focusing on core tasks that matter. The cloud ensures business continuity and disaster recovery.”
Product Manager at Layer3Cloud, Yusuf Abdulazeez, said businesses across the globe are realizing the benefits, with many of them moving their data and workloads from on-premise IT infrastructure to cloud environments.
“Cloud technology offers numerous benefits to organizations that choose to utilize it and enables businesses to quickly scale their digital resources, cut operational costs, keep their data safe and secure, and ultimately grow their revenues and profits,” Abdulazeez said.
According to him, about 60 per cent of corporate data is now stored on the cloud and 67 per cent of enterprise infrastructure is now cloud-based.
He said the demand for cloud technology is rising with the expansion of the global market for it, noting that the cloud computing market is set to grow from $445.3 billion in 2021 to $947 billion in 2026 —a significant increase by any standard.
“Many businesses that want to switch to the cloud are at a loss as to how to do so. Some fear that the process will be costly, cumbersome, and time-consuming.
A growing percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) consider the ability to be productive remotely as critical to their operations: 66 percent said they need to allow employees to work anywhere at any time, according to a 2010 survey by Microsoft
They assume that the transition will require more from them than they are able to give.
As a result, they choose to retain their data on older storage systems, even though they are not as efficient and flexible as cloud solutions.
“Organisations do have a part to play in the process of moving to the cloud.
It is up to them to determine what needs warrant their movement to the cloud.
Some aspects of business operations are more likely to require a transition to the cloud than others. They include marketing, human resources, communications and finance,” he said.
“Organisations often struggle with the details of housing their data in the cloud. This need not be the case.
They can get help with this from a Cloud service provider, preferably one with a solid portfolio and years of experience in the local market for cloud storage and computing,” he added.
Abdulazeez said Layer3Cloud is helping businesses in Nigeria transition to cloud from planning to post-migration assistance, adding that organisations are increasingly aware of the benefits that the cloud can bring to them.