Cloud technology has so far been successful in proving itself to be one of the most effective and efficient means to scale up and down resources when the enterprises attempt to deal with rising data loads and increasingly intricate infrastructure challenges. Whether it is ready for prime time or not, has been a subject to debate on.

Are we at a tipping point where we should pay heed to the migration of mission-critical applications to cloud services?

This is more than just a hypothetical question given that many organizations have spent almost decades so far by integrating unshakable and solid safety provisions in a traditional infrastructure so as to keep the fundamental business activities afloat. Shifting gears over to the cloud is not just a customary development in the evolution of data environments, but we can say that it is like taking a leap of faith on a fundamentally untested infrastructure.

As per the recent survey conducted, it has been revealed that many top data executives and business leaders are ready to make that leap and want cloud computing to propel "extensive business innovation".

But so far, the use of cloud technology has been more empirical rather than being a profound one. Many businesses are persistently using public clouds for application development, as well as for data backup and storage.

In doing so, enterprises find that cloud computing can assist them in unraveling everyday data center challenges, reclining strenuous processes to acquire, build and maintain server environments, operational inefficiencies and, not to mention, escalating costs.

We believe that organizations can leverage the benefits of increased innovation simply by migrating their mission-critical data and workload to managed clouds. Managed cloud provisions administered by service providers offer a wide array of cloud-based solutions, such as:

  -  Enterprise-class security provisions

  -  Complete management of cloud infrastructure and workloads

  -  Scalable access to applications and resources

Additional Workloads in relation to human resource management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) verticals can bring more worth to the business once they are migrated to the cloud. Hence, with the usage of managed cloud provisions companies can save money and staff resources, which ways freeing up of funds and talent will enable them to focus on new products and services that will undeniably bring increased business value to the organization.

Still, there are some lines of businesses which are hesitant in the migration of their workload to cloud. Now, you must be thinking why? Mainly because, they doubt on the ability of the service provider to provide business-class security provisions both for cloud and for virtual private networks used to access the cloud. They even presume that they will face difficulties in requesting and modifying cloud services. Above all, they even worry about their ability to scale options across the globe.

While these concerns on their part are valid, but we would say that rightly managed cloud can definitely manage workload and concurrently assist the organizations in grabbing the available new business opportunities.

In few words: Strengthen your overall business agility with smart migration of your mission-critical application and data to cloud; as managed cloud solutions will not only reduce system intricacies, but will also diminish the upfront capital expenditure to a greater extent.