Most organizations today understand the benefits of having a cloud-based environment for hosting websites and applications. However, not all businesses may welcome this change due to a wide variety of reasons, such as having a tight budget or not having enough cloud experts. That is why you must identify your business drivers accurately before starting your cloud migration process. Otherwise, when you start to approach key stakeholders in your organization, you could be faced with a very hard sell.
There are a range of business drivers and compelling events that could lead your organization to migrate its web hosting services to the cloud. Whatever the core reasons behind your decision to move to the cloud, each one will have an impact on your migration principles and outlook. In this article, we will discuss five key factors to consider before you adopt a cloud-based hosting for your enterprise’s websites and applications:
1. Increasing Demands for Your Website and Applications
Setting up a website or web applications with the right level of scalability, global reach, and performance to evolve with your own business growth can be a difficult challenge for many organizations. What’s more, deploying a highly available and scalable web-hosting solution on a traditional data center is a complex and expensive undertaking. Cloud-based web hosting copes with this by providing a dynamic and dedicated environment in which you can install the applications and services that you need and may not necessarily be available on other traditional web hosting platforms.
2. Increasing Costs in Existing IT Infrastructure
Cloud computing provides businesses with a more cost-effective web hosting solution, compared to physical servers. However, organizations need to apply due diligence in the discovery and planning phases of a cloud migration project.
The cost of a cloud migration is higher than expected for more than half of migrations due to lack of research. Most organizations agree that spending more time on application assessment can help to minimize migration errors and help keep migration costs at a minimum.
3. Insufficient Performance and Poor User Experience
Businesses will realize cross-infrastructure efficiency improvements when they move their web hosting to the cloud. Due to the seamless availability the cloud offers, you will have ample resources to achieve a high quality-of-service, either through the provision of low latency and high throughput user-facing online services or fast execution times for your web analytics. The responsiveness of your web applications is a vital component of their success.
4. Inadequate Operational Resilience and Patchy Services
Maintaining an uninterrupted business operation is a complex process. However, user expectations of operational resilience are now very high and vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure could result in the underperformance of your enterprise. Cloud web hosting allows you to uncover new sources of efficiency and scalability to provide your customers with the level of service they demand. Services such as Alibaba Cloud’s suite of products come with SLAs to give your business complete peace of mind in terms of the availability, performance, and security.
5. Slow and Error-Prone Deployments
Enterprises can no longer expect to thrive based on existing business and IT strategies. Business agility is a key commodity and existing IT systems should be optimized to increase operational efficiencies while driving business agility and growth. A shift to the cloud will improve your business agility and help you deploy new features and applications faster than a traditional server-based network.
Start Your Migration Journey Today
A thorough review of your existing infrastructure and evaluation of your proposed cloud network is required to ensure the technical validity of your migration. However, your cloud migration doesn’t have to be a blind leap of faith. Alibaba Cloud offers a reliable, scalable, and high-performing cloud infrastructure for the most demanding web application deployment scenarios that today’s businesses face.
To learn more about how your organization can get the most out of migrating to the cloud, download this whitepaper from Alibaba Cloud.