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The Top 3 Obstacles To Cloud Adoption (And How They’ve Been Overcome!)

There have never been more reasons for businesses to embrace cloud computing – but there are still a few key reasons why some believe they shouldn’t. Are these pain points really still a factor?

Would you say cloud computing is “new”?

To some, this may seem like a question with an obvious answer, but it’s not that simple.

Really, the way in which we think about technology can lead to something feeling new for a lot longer than would make sense otherwise.

After all, the cloud is more than a decade old, but a lot of people still think of it as a new technology.

For context, it was 2006 when Google and Amazon began using the term “cloud computing” – not necessarily the beginning of the cloud, but as good a point to choose as any.

In that year, the now woefully dated Crash won Best Picture at the Oscars. The Tesla Roadster was still two years from hitting the streets. Netflix was more than a year away from launching their now prolific streaming services.

Does that put it in perspective?

If The Cloud Isn’t That New, Then Why Are People Still Hesitant To Use It?

As explored in this CloudTech article, there are a number of reasons why businesses have yet to entirely embrace the cloud, especially larger business and corporate enterprises.

Despite the cloud’s impressive track record, ongoing evolution, and steadily growing user base, these key obstacles are generally top of mind when a given business owner explains their hesitance:

  1. Migration

It’s the idea of “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.”

To those who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with technology, the prospect of changing the fundamental nature of their IT environment from top to bottom is simply too much to ask.

Even when the benefits of transitioning to a new cloud solution are clear and verifiable, many would prefer not to go to the effort and expense of switching IT models.

Honestly? For a time, that was a fair argument. The process of pulling apart an on-premise IT environment, reducing hardware, and then building a new environment in the cloud that would do all the same things was a long, tedious and stressful process to undertake.

But today? You don’t have to anymore.

CloudJumper is proud to offer JumpStart, a fully automated customer migration application that has been designed from the ground up to transition new customers to one of our solutions.

What does JumpStart do?

  • Core-to-edge environmental scan of the new cloud customer environment to identify applications and quantify data requirements for the cloud-based workspace.
  • Ability to upload client computing content into the CloudJumper portal, allowing partners to optimize user nodes remotely.
  • Replication of security permissions from the physical IT environment to the cloud infrastructure to ensure data privacy, and compliance.
  1. Control

This is especially a concern for larger businesses. When it comes to the data they store and the work they do for thousands and thousands of customers, they simply don’t want to entrust it to a third-party or store it off-site in someone else’s data center.

Again, while this may have been the reality for cloud computing at one time, it’s not anymore.

Cloud Workspace® Management Suite (CWMS) is a vendor-agnostic solution for cloud infrastructure automation and management, ultimately giving you more control than with our other workspace solution.

In a nutshell, CWMS is the software that we use to manage our partners’ end customers’ instances of Cloud Workspace®, but it also can be used by businesses like yours to manage your own cloud solution, as well as by companies who have built their own end customer computing environment to manage the layers in the stack.

In the end, this gives you all the benefits of a powerful and robust cloud solution, without having to surrender control to an outside party. You’re able to manage your customers’ experience with each and every tool you need to do so.

Even small companies want to stay in control of their IT.  Our Cloud Workspace®, turnkey WaaS solution always keeps the control in the hands of both our partner who manages the end customer, and the customer.   Our portal, my.cloudjumper.com, allows our partners to manage every aspect of their end customer’s IT: users, apps, groups, folders and servers.

  1. Capital Cost

When big businesses consider the cloud, they think about it the same way they do any other endeavor – from the ground up, with the capital funds to commit to it.

Whereas small to medium sized businesses often look for an economy of scale that provides them with access to resources they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise, enterprises often are thinking too big to see those benefits.

That doesn’t mean they don’t apply though.

Larger businesses shouldn’t assume they have to build their own data center to get the most out of the cloud. By working with a partner like CloudJumper, they can maintain control (thanks to CWMS), and still take advantage of the following:

  • OpEx > CapEx | Whereas Capital Expenditures (CapEx) — on-premise IT solutions — are paid for up front and see a gradual return over the following months and years, Operating Expenses (OpEx) are “pay-as-you-go.” Your end customers pay for a cloud solution month by month, which vastly reduces the window between investment and return.
  • Cost-Effective Security | Security can be difficult to manage because, as important as it is, it’s often just as expensive. However, with the right cloud solution, your clients are only paying a small monthly fee to gain access to enterprise-level security solutions offered to all other clients on the platform.

Your concerns about the cloud made a lot more sense when it was new.

It may still feel like a newer technology, but it’s really not. We’ve spent years ironing out the kinks for cloud workspace solutions – there’s never been a better time to get on board.

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