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In Times of Crisis, 3 Benefits of the Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud infrastructure is the cornerstone of any successful digital transformation and a key element for companies to carry on with their business in times of crisis. When taking their systems to the cloud, organizations of any size and sector can create the necessary conditions for their operations to keep on working correctly and for their teams to keep on being productive. Having a cloud infrastructure is also vital when the time comes to innovate or put new ideas forward.

If your business is already on the cloud, if you’re thinking of starting a cloudification process, or if you’d like to develop a cloud-native application, the benefits of the cloud infrastructure are countless, especially in unpredictable and uncertain contexts.

The 3 Most Important Benefits of the Cloud in Times of Crisis

  1. Operational continuity

Many organizations are still using physical host servers, which require engineers to work on site to monitor and carry out maintenance. However, in times of crisis such as the one we’re experiencing, the whole team might not be able or allowed to work in the place where servers are, so as to prevent the disease from spreading.

Given the current crisis, servers could be in danger because of improper maintenance or employees could be at risk while at work providing support. When systems are on the cloud, the provider is in charge of all the management, i.e. companies don’t need to worry about monitoring or maintaining their servers in case something unexpected happens.

Migrating to the cloud is also useful for teams to work remotely, ensuring system accessibility from safe devices and platforms. This way, the work flow isn’t disrupted if certain materials, contents or work tools are unavailable.

  1. Business scalability

When servers run locally, it’s complicated to add new resources to the infrastructure: it’s a process that requires lots of time and effort. When we run on the cloud, this task is much simpler and faster. As a result, the infrastructure can grow hand in hand with the business.

For example, let’s imagine that our app is experimenting high demand due to a temporary rise in the number of users, but the infrastructure doesn’t have the capacity to face it. In this case, we’d need to add new resources fast, but when that demand is over, we’d need to reduce the infrastructure to avoid unnecessary costs. If we work on the cloud, we can add new resources easily when necessary, but we can also eliminate them when we don’t need them anymore. In economic terms, we focus on paying for what we really use.

  1. Closer to innovation

Some big Google Cloud clients, like Nintendo, PayPal or HSBC, have access to the same cloud resources as other companies that are just starting out. This access to the same infrastructure, services and platforms used by big companies makes us think we can also innovate like them.

At the same time, cloud infrastructure providers are still investing in new services that offer new possibilities without creating extra costs for their clients. On the contrary, when we manage our infrastructure physically, changing hardware or getting new licenses can demand a big effort.

For example, we see how Amazon Web Services adds new services that we can implement quickly every day. Google, which is another provider, does the same.

Cloud Infrastructure: An Ally in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, having the right tools available on time and the teams ready to work can make a big difference. This is why, at intive, we really enjoy and we’re passionate about helping our clients during their migration process.

How did you benefit from your cloud infrastructure during this period of crisis?

Rodolfo Cordero

Rodolfo Cordero has been a developer at intive since June 2016. He is a graduate in Software Development from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, his country of origin. A regular reader and music lover, he took courses in cocktailing and to become a barista, skills that delight the staff of intive in the after parties organized by the company.

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