Cloud computing: How can it benefit your business?

Cloud computing is essential to most of today’s businesses’ network inventory because it helps them run more efficiently. Not long ago, it was thought that only large companies benefited from cloud computing, but the fact is that nearly any sized business will see their efficiency improve when they move certain assets to the cloud.

Here’s a brief look at how cloud computing can benefit your company regardless of the size, and how to ensure your cloud systems are working as they should. 

Cloud optimizing

When you examine your cloud infrastructure, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the financial cost to your business in maintaining this infrastructure, especially when using a service such as Azure. The reason Azure and services like it can end up costing you a lot of money, in the long run, is they have — often by default — services that are always running even when your company or your customers are not using them. These services must be manually switched off, but to do that, you’ll need to do an inventory of what services are essential to day-to-day operations, and which ones can be turned off during down times or times of low-production. 

Maximize your Cloud’s efficiency

One way to ensure your company is getting the most out of its cloud-based components is to continuously monitor the service and make adjustments to maintain or improve efficiency. One easy way to do this is by using specific APIs to help optimize your cloud services to make sure your virtual machines can handle the workload and increase in scale if needed. These APIs also help monitor when your cloud services typically experience downtime so you can adjust your usage accordingly. 

Get your costs under control

Ask any telecom management business that’s deployed cloud-based services and their managers will probably tell you of costs that spiral out of control; that’s not hard to do when it comes to many of these cloud services. However, if you want to run a successful and efficient cloud-based service, it’s essential to pinpoint peak usage and peak downtimes; this allows you to pay for only the services you need when you need them.

Also, make use of tools that automate the upscaling and downscaling of your resources. This saves you money that you’re not paying one of your IT people and ensures your system is running at optimum efficiency. 

Monitor usage

Getting data on how your customers use your cloud systems is vital to determine patterns. These patterns make it easier to plan for spikes in traffic and ensure your systems can handle it. 

Check and double check your architecture

The systems you deploy to the cloud are often the backbone of your company, and when they go down, it can be difficult to recover. Perform regular checks of your system’s architecture and make sure it’s up to snuff and capable of handling traffic spikes, and that it’s easy to scale for when you need more resources.

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