Which Workloads Should Growing Businesses Consider Moving To The Cloud?

 

The cloud has matured over the last few years and is no longer for just the early adopters hosting only non-essential, fringe IT applications. Today the cloud provides compute power for critical workflows and mainstream companies. If your business has yet to harness the cloud’s full potential, here are some workloads you should consider moving to the cloud step by step.

 

Getting Started

workloads to move

1. Email

Managing and maintaining mail servers is a time-consuming , tedious & costly. Let your hosting provider worry about keeping Zimbra/ Exchange or webmail servers backed-up and available.

2. Large Media Files

As the web becomes more visual—particularly with video—digital asset file sizes continue to grow the real challenge comes when you have to move move terabytes of storage from one server to another larger server, which is costly in time and bandwidth and then comes never ending issues with files of multiple servers and finally no backup and server crashes.

The cloud mitigates this scenario, enabling you to offload your larger media files to a group of geographically distributed servers on a content delivery network (CDN). The files are then copied on different servers around the world, freeing up your server’s space .

3. Web Servers

Companies with a large web application can gain immensly by putting their web servers in the cloud with a load balancer out in front thus being able to handle a huge influx of traffic. You can quickly provision more cloud web servers any time there’s a surge, while the load balancer handles the logic of routing each of the requests.

More Advanced Workloads

4. Ecommerce Applications

Softwares such as Oracle, let you build an online store with an engaging user experience for your customers. These applications take advantage of the scaling and elastic properties of the cloud.

5. Content Management Systems

While a content management system (CMS) is often associated with a blog, its benefits extend well beyond that. Landing pages, microsites and a robust web experience are often the product of using a CMS. Whether you are running an open source CMS like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla, or a paid solution like Sitecore or Adobe Experience Manager, the cloud is capable of running—and scaling—this type of platform.

6. Custom Business Application

While it can be a challenge to move a custom application to the cloud, you stand to gain a lot by doing so. In the cloud world, the software can control the infrastructure through a series of API calls. So if your application experiences an abnormally high load, it can organically request more resources. There are some considerations that must be made—such as splitting out the database, application and web tiers.

To sum it all up in few words of one of our fastest growing business enterprise customer who opted for Logix Email & Collaboration solution :

“I wanted to utilize the benefits of the cloud so I could focus on growing the business”.