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3 Key Points for Leveraging Cloud Services

Successful businesses today must be able to move readily and compete in the steadily changing business/economic environment.  In order to support the business, IT departments must be able to quickly provide tools and applications, and manage costs, all the while maximizing the utilization of IT infrastructure. Cloud services can be leveraged, providing additional capacity for short-term needs in a pay-as-you go model. 


There are three key benefits gained from leveraging cloud services. They are:


Rapid Response to  Short-term Needs


The cloud service model allows for rapid ramp-up and ramp-down of capacity.  This is especially attractive to businesses that have cyclical or seasonal peaks in demand.  In addition, cloud services can help bridge the gap for long-term capacity needs by proactively providing short-term capacity until the business can provision the necessary infrastructure. Further, cloud services can help the business react faster to increases in demand, which creates shorter implementation cycles and assists businesses to get to market more quickly. 


Zero Upfront Capital Costs


IT budgets are inherently operating-expense (Opex) centric, and an increase in capital expenses (Capex) usually requires business approval.  Companies with high cost of capital can benefit from the Opex-centric cost model of cloud.  In addition, many companies find that it is easier to forecast and budget expenses when using the cloud services pay-as-you-go model.  Finally, using cloud services is an option for businesses where it is too expensive to own and operate their own IT infrastructure. 


Scalability and Elasticity


Cloud services help to maximize the utilization of the IT infrastructure by freeing up capacity that can be used for internal operations. Specifically, moving applications with low organizational value to the cloud allows existing infrastructure to focus on innovation, such as the development of new applications.  Cloud services can also be used to enhance and shorten product cycles. This can have a significant impact on the business, allowing for additional revenue streams by supporting new products and services. An example of this would be running one server for one thousand hours or leveraging cloud to run one thousand servers for one hour. By providing additional capacity on-demand, cloud services assist in ensuring that the data center is effectively utilized.


To summarize, leveraging cloud services can help a business successfully tackle the challenges in a constantly changing business/economic environment.  The pay-as-you-go model makes it possible to maximize internal capacity, respond to shifts in demand quickly, and smooth out budgets. While it does not have to be an all-or-nothing approach, short-term need, zero upfront capital costs, and scalability and elasticity are just a few of the benefits gained from supplementing current infrastructure with cloud services.


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