The Network Computing wrapup on the Cloud Connect conference last week was a refreshing read. The role of cloud computing in providing business agility doesn’t seem to get as much air time as it deserves. The cost savings from increasing business agility can easily far outweigh the IT cost savings.
In the example from Network Computing – a business user earning $160,000/yr can cost an organization $1.20 per minute, once you factor in benefits, salary and overhead costs. If deploying an application in the cloud enables an organization to quickly roll out timesaving apps to their business users then the cost savings add up quickly – 100 users, 1 minute saving per day = $40,000+ per year.
So which business apps are the best candidates for deployment in the cloud? From the Network Computing article here are some interesting takeaways on the suitability of apps for migration to the cloud
1. If the app operates at close to capacity on on-premise servers – leave it alone.
2. New apps are a better bet for the cloud than legacy
3. Apps used only sporadically during the day are good candidates for the cloud
4. Apps whose use grows rapidly – eg a social networking site, good for the cloud
5. Apps with spikes in usage good for the cloud
These takeaways make sense based on our experience at Accellion. It seems that organizations want to get their feet wet with deploying apps in the cloud and are looking for good candidate apps that are well tested, new to the organization, are used sporadically during the day, and usage is expected to grow over time. No wonder organizations are selecting Accellion file transfer for deployment in the cloud.
From our perspective the agility of the cloud leads to faster cost savings, making file transfer in the cloud a great choice.