Weighing the costs and benefits of moving to the cloudAre you considering moving your data center to the cloud? As an IT professional, you’re concerned with the efficiency of data computation and storage.If you’re considering moving your data center to the cloud, you need to weigh the costs and benefits of doing so.

Furthermore, as with all things IT-related, you need to prepare yourself for the risks associated with potential delays and changes in plans while migrating your data to the cloud. While the process itself can be daunting, especially if you have a large data center or multiple locations, there are several rewarding ways in which migrating your data to the cloud pays off in terms of both time and money, if risks are assessed proactively and a good team plans for contingencies.

 

Software Support Costs

The various hardware used to manage and maintain your network of data will, at some point, need service and support. You may need to install the latest patch version, debug an issue, or reinstall a failed part. Whether you have an in-house IT technician, or you need to hire a data consultant, you have to budget for maintenance. Once you migrate to the cloud, however, that cost will eventually become part of your service agreement. No longer will you be charged for hardware or support, but for the space being consumed by your data.

While migrating your data to the cloud will save on service costs in the long term, you can’t expect them to go away immediately. You will need to retain support for your hardware assets until your cloud migration is complete, tested, and verified and is in production for a few months–a process that often takes longer than expected.

maintaining support for aging infrastructure becomes more time-consuming and costlyDuring this time, your hardware needs to remain fully operational as a failsafe. Be aware that your professional IT support staff workforce may very well know the ultimate end is near and seek new opportunities. We have seen this happen many times before. As such, maintaining support for aging infrastructure becomes more time-consuming and costly due to the need to hire independent IT consultants while pressed for time. This process may further delay your migration.

Alternatively, when you choose to work with a Third-Party Maintenance (TPM) partner, like Reliant Technology, our coterminous maintenance agreement ensures that your uptime and critical systems are protected while you focus your efforts solely on migrating your data.

 

Cloud Service Support

Cloud storage is pretty hands-off from a software point of view, but it takes time to get there. Once you are fully migrated to the cloud, you will still need to budget for the time your team needs to get up-to-speed with its new cloud data solution. The major difference is that you don’t have to pay extra for it. Cloud services tend to include dedicated support. This means you can simply contact customer support to troubleshoot issues and challenges you may face while remotely managing your data. Their support team will take care of the issue you’re facing at a fraction of the cost compared to hiring and training in-house help.

Cloud Service Support

 

Hardware Maintenance Costs

Storing your data in-house means that you are responsible for keeping the power on, your building clean and cool, as well as maintaining or replacing aging and failed hardware. You are financially accountable for this. Moving your data center to the cloud, however, removes the financial burden associated with carrying costs and real estate costs of running a physical data center. When you move your infrastructure to the cloud, you are paying someone else to service and maintain the machines your data lives on–in the long-term.

In the short term, you still need to account for maintenance costs because moving your data to the cloud can take several months. In fact, we find it almost always takes longer than expected–and with missed opportunities to save money.

As an example, if you planned for your cloud migration to take 12 months, but it ends up taking longer, you will start to see individual aging equipment come up for maintenance renewals or reach end of life. These are costs that you wouldn’t have accounted for during the planning phases of your project.

When you partner with Reliant Technology, you receive our experience, so when we pro-actively manage your assets, moving them to our Third-Party Maintenance service as needed, you don’t get locked into expensive OEM renewal cycles. As a result, once your cloud migration is complete, you won’t have any lingering maintenance costs.

 

Redeploy Assets

So if you move your in-house data center to the cloud successfully, what will happen to your physical assets, building, and staff?

Consider some of the indirect cost benefits associated with freeing up the machines your data is currently living on, such as the option to redeploy them for another purpose. Your servers, along with the mechanical systems that support them, such as climate control and fire suppression, each have value.

Reliant Technology, as an experienced asset disposition partner, will help you identify ways to recycle and monetize your assets. What that entails depends entirely on your individual business needs.

Take the example of a software development firm: You now have dozens of servers that you can convert into a software testing lab! Another option is to rent out your facilities. The possibilities are endless. Reliant Technology is here to help ensure your valuable infrastructure assets don’t go to waste.

 

Benefits of moving to the cloud

Best Decisions

Migrating your data center to the cloud can be time-consuming, but has the potential to save you thousands of dollars each year. Using a cloud data service removes the need to manageand maintain infrastructure yourself, thus reducing the monthly financial burden associated with managing an in-house data center. Migrating infrastructure to the cloud can free up both time and resources that you can put toward something more important.

With all that said, you will need to budget for unexpected costs and delays during this transition. Reliant Technology will help manage some of the unplanned risks associated with moving your data center to the cloud, so you can focus solely on managing your migration project.

Ready to get started? Reliant Technology is here to help. We teach IT teams how to shift assets from premium support, shorten maintenance contracts, upgrade existing assets, and redeploy assets when the time is right.

? As an IT professional, you’re concerned with the efficiency of data computation and storage.If you’re considering moving your data center to the cloud, you need to weigh the costs and benefits of doing so.

Furthermore, as with all things IT-related, you need to prepare yourself for the risks associated with potential delays and changes in plans while migrating your data to the cloud. While the process itself can be daunting, especially if you have a large data center or multiple locations, there are several rewarding ways in which migrating your data to the cloud pays off in terms of both time and money, if risks are assessed proactively and a good team plans for contingencies.

 

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