Cloud expands as the benefits become clear
As ever more enterprises seek out the capabilities a cloud solution can provide, including data distribution, improved performance and controlled costs, cloud growth is likely to be strong for the foreseeable future.
While a majority of enterprises, including healthcare organizations, have embraced some form of private, public or hybrid mix of cloud computing models, there are many organizations who have yet to fully take the leap.
Writing recently at CloudTech, tech writer Jeff Klaus says there are three main reasons why healthcare and other organizations should head to the clouds.
First, the cloud helps IT managers reduce their operational overheads. According to Gartner, Klaus says, healthcare companies often spend nearly 75 percent of their IT budgets on maintaining internal systems alone, but Klaus points out since “cloud services operate on a subscription model, companies only pay for their usage over time, preventing IT teams from spending all their budget at once. Moving to the cloud means a decrease in rack space, power usage and IT requirements, which results in lower installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade and support costs. It also gives IT teams time to focus on building the business in more progressive ways instead of becoming bogged down by maintenance and support tasks.”
In addition to the financial incentives, there are other, more tangible incentives such as increasing the control over, and flexibility of, an organization’s IT systems. “By using a hybrid approach,” Klaus notes, “data centre managers and IT teams alike can enhance innovation and create new systems that can scale and grow as demand increases, while providing the necessary flexibility to turn these cloud environments up, down, or off depending upon circumstances or needs.”
Finally, in this age when data security is top of mind, Klaus argues concerns about cloud security are increasingly a thing of the past.
“It’s important to realize that the cloud is no less secure than servers managed internally by most companies,” he claims. “In fact, there’s a very good chance that these cloud infrastructures are more secure. By storing data in the cloud, businesses will be able to securely and remotely access this data from any location or device, as well as manage any potential breaches, including deleting or moving sensitive data at risk in real-time.”