Nine reasons to choose the cloud

As a nationwide trusted provider of cloud services within the UK- we like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to cloud. We’ve seen big clouds, small clouds, clouds as big as your head…

Whether you are a certified expert or you’re just getting started- here’s 9 reasons you should be thinking about the cloud.

 

1. The cloud can deliver quick cost and operational efficiencies

In an economic environment where reducing costs are top of everyone’s agenda, the cloud can compare favourably towards hosting costs, opposed to traditional off-premise hosting. In terms of operational efficiencies, data sharing and interoperability issues it can be easily be resolved by using a single platform for multiple applications with cloud services. Here at UKCloud, we offer a pay as you go model that can be personalised and adapted the needs of fluctuating demand.

 

2. The cloud transforms IT into a strategic rather than a firefighting function

Organisations that embrace the cloud have more time to invest in understanding their business needs and applying technological solutions with positive organisational impact. Strategic efforts around productivity and transformation, such as going paperless can be supported by a range of interoperable solutions that streamline workflow, by supporting the rapid digitisation of information.

 

3. The cloud is the platform for integrated and personalised operations

Cloud offers enhanced interoperability and opportunities to work seamlessly with organisations at a local, regional and national level. Information sharing is simplified through a unified infrastructure, which can adapt to the latest and planned data protection standards such as GDPR. The cloud also supports information consolidation from multiple sources enabling the delivery of information to be accessible across an organisation

 

4. The cloud is secure and resilient

Due to the nature of crimes moving towards a digital environment, organisations need to be more confident they can host their workloads in the cloud. And whilst many public cloud providers offer a variety of security measures that can be baked into new applications, UKCloud goes one step further. We offer UK-based data centres that are maintained 24/7 to the highest levels of security by a team of specialist staff.

 

5. The cloud supports big data

With data gravity, large bodies of data attract applications, services and other data through a vibrant ecosystem of specialist suppliers. This can provide increased opportunity to deliver innovative new services that better serve individuals and/or organisations.

 

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6. The cloud is simple to buy, to use and adapt to your needs

Lengthy procurements can be avoided through frameworks such as G-Cloud, TS2, Scottish Government’s Cloud Services Framework, YPO, DAS and NHS SBS giving organisations the freedom they need to work with vendors that can meet specific and personalised needs.

Servers and storage can be deployed quickly and in response to demand, cloud deployment doesn’t have to start big, it can grow as the end-users appreciate the benefits.

 

7. The cloud is flexible and scalable

Keeping it simple this time, it shouldn’t be downplayed that the cloud can be used for virtualising workloads and computing power at peak times of demand, helping improve service availability and application performance for the end-user.

 

8. The cloud provides an ideal solution to legacy issues

Older, traditional systems often do not have the power or the flexibility to support organisations to deliver modernised services to customers with the best digital tools. The cloud can replace obsolete and unsupported systems with solutions that scale to meet current and future needs of an organisation. Through careful identification of services that can be delivered using the cloud and trusted providers, organisations are able to access their data through secure connections.

 

9. The cloud is the go-to platform for digital transformation

Public sector organisations need to take a strategic approach to their IT infrastructure in order to realise the cost and operational benefits of a digital transformation. Doing this in isolation, such as through private clouds or through on-premise data centres, can be resource-intensive and does not take advantage of the economies of scale that working with a large cloud provider can deliver. Cloud adoption rates are ever-increasing, the use of hybrid clouds increased to 57% in 2016, whilst organisations are expected to run 60% of their workloads on public clouds in 2019. Because of this, the solutions, support and community are in place now to help public sector organisations use the cloud as the platform for cost-effective innovation.