Cloud ROI: Top Reasons to Virtualize

virtualizationWhat’s the return on investment (ROI) when a company moves IT to the cloud? While there’s no formula to calculate the amount a business will save, there are a number of financial and operational benefits to virtualization, both of which translate to business savings.

When compared to the startup and maintenance costs of a traditional data center, the cloud computing return on investment can be significant. According to the CSC Cloud Usage Index, which surveys a range of small, medium, and large businesses that have moved IT to the cloud, 93% of businesses surveyed in 2011 reported that moving operations to the cloud improved their data center efficiency, which saved money across multiple operational areas.

Here are some of the top reasons to virtualize IT by moving your business’s data center to the cloud.

Cloud implementation is fast and cost-effective. Setting up traditional IT infrastructure requires time, space, hardware, financing, and technicians. Once in place, it requires IT staff for management and maintenance. Cloud infrastructure runs on servers and networks that already exist and are managed and maintained by the cloud service provider.

Virtualization software integrates with the current operating system and platform. VMware cloud services are used by a majority of businesses for their compatibility and reliable integration with existing systems, making a move to the cloud seamless for end-users. Business operations don’t stop and productivity doesn’t go down during the transition.

The cloud is inherently redundant. Imagine the amount of hardware and network space necessary to ensure that the business’s operating system and data are always available. A business running its own data center must operate and maintain the maximum network it will ever need, while virtualization uses only the space needed at any given time, significantly reducing the requirements necessary for redundancy, because available space is shared or borrowed by multiple users on the network.

The cloud is scalable. The fixed resources created by a traditional data center don’t allow the immediate elasticity necessary for unexpected or quick growth, while the cloud inherently provides as many or as few resources as are ever needed at a given time. Because cloud services are usually charged on a pay-per-use basis, the inherent scalability saves businesses money by using only what they need to operate.

The cloud is reliable. A data center on the cloud is always available and operating at maximum capacity. Support and management services take pressure off the business to maintain the IT staff and expertise necessary to manage a network of elements by transferring many of these responsibilities to the cloud service provider. The provider specializes in IT and data center maintenance so the business doesn’t have to, leaving the business to serve its clients rather than its own infrastructure.

The cloud increases business flexibility. The cloud synchronizes information in real time and allows employees to work from any device in any location, opening up limitless options for the ways that people can do business and communicate both internally and externally.

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