cloud computingData center transitions are a common occurrence in enterprise IT functions. Whether it’s a switch to a larger space, downsizing or colocation, enterprise data center needs are constantly changing. Most companies’ first instinct is to downsize or choose new servers that seem to yield more memory or speed, but a transition to cloud computing could produce more profit.

Data center providers are making the decision to switch from hardware based data storage to cloud computing regularly to fit various enterprises’ needs. In today’s technology, the cloud is a necessary evil. Some providers may think of the cloud as intimidating or having too many vulnerabilities, but with the right precautions and attention, cloud computing can save time and money in a company’s data center scheme.

Here are three perks of cloud computing:

  1. Flexibility
    • Data virtualization yields more options for data storage than strictly hardware usage. Instead of having to strictly allocate memory space, files and other information can be moved around quickly and efficiently. Cloud computing eliminates the search for finding another server to store files. Storing less data on servers also decreases chances of data loss during an environmental disaster. Fewer hardware units means less room for physical damage or decay.
  2. Increased hardware capabilities
    • The flexibility of cloud computing not only yields more efficient data shifting, but also creates more room for security measures on hardware. Utilizing space on hardware to monitor firewalls and other security precautions ensures the data stored on your private cloud is safe and secure. Along with further security capabilities, increased efficiency of hardware cuts down on rack space, power usage and opens more servers for data backup to access in the event of an emergency.
  3. More cost-efficient and less time consuming
    • Cloud computing cuts down on overall hardware usage. Less hardware means less time monitoring servers. As well as less time spent, cloud computing cuts down on overall energy consumption and hardware rotation. By using the cloud, companies will see lower costs in hardware maintenance, monthly electricity bills and may even be able to downsize data maintenance.  Saved time and money means more capabilities to focus on new projects and reallocate assets towards new departments.

A transition to cloud computing is rewarding for enterprises looking for flexibility and mobile capabilities. With the right approach and information, a private cloud generates time and money for new projects.