by Alex Bernath, National Channel Manager, Effortless
Growing businesses can often find themselves in a challenging situation when trying to accommodate the sudden need for more resources. It’s difficult to predict the growth rates of bandwidth, applications, or storage capacity usage, so businesses also struggle to maintain their performance while scaling up or down as IT budgets allow.
With cloud computing, you’ll leave a constrained acquisition model behind and be able to scale to meet the demands of your business.
How Does Scalability Work in the Cloud?
Scaling resources in the cloud can be as simple as requesting additional resources from your vendor to match the needs of your growing team or new applications. This process significantly reduces the responsibilities of IT. Instead of shopping for new hardware, performing internal purchasing processes, managing shipping, and standing up new hardware, now one system administrator can email their support contact and have resources added the same day.
With the cloud, you’ll have the means to support growth without interruptions, sudden expenses, or unplanned changes.
Why Operational Scalability Is Beneficial and the “Stair Step” Model
Traditionally, if a business is not using cloud services and has on-premise hardware or infrastructure, they may be stuck in what is known as a “stair step” model: purchasing hardware (Disk, CPU, RAM) well and above the needs of today’s project with the promise to use the resources down the road for future growth or projects. The business ends up spending more capital than is needed for the project that day. This leads to underutilized hardware on prem (lost capital), ballooning hardware sprawl, large capital expense at the time of hardware refresh, and potential pushback from the organization when new projects are proposed by IT staff.
When cloud services are introduced, computing resources can be allocated as needed for new projects, data footprint growth, etc. This enables a lean, fast operating IT team who is able to complete projects as needed with very little outside involvement.
Ben Gayheart, CEO of Effortless, stated, “When you move to the cloud, one of the biggest things you’ll benefit from is scalability. Unlike traditional systems, if you increase your team by two employees you’ll be able to add two desktops with a click of a button or by email. If your file server grows by 50 GB, you can add 50 GB without having to buy a new storage array. With the cloud, Effortless is able to scale up or down immediately, depending on the needs of your business. Whether you want to go from one application to 10, or five users to 20, Effortless can help. Making changes with the cloud is not only easy, it’s also cost-effective.”
Ready to Implement Scalability in Your Business?
Is your business lacking the scalability needed to meet your demands? If you’re ready to move away from a traditional on-premise hardware or infrastructure and make the move to the cloud, contact Effortless. Avoid restricting the growth of your business and start taking advantage of the cloud.