My legacy ICT equipment is holding my organisation back
Migrating your ICT to the cloud has many benefits and can help resolve a lot of the issues that are holding your organisation back. It might be that your business or organisation is growing or changing, and your ICT is slowing things down or preventing it from adapting to change. You may be facing the ticking time bomb of knowing your legacy ICT equipment is reaching the end of its service life and you don’t have a solution in place for when it finally breaks. And you may be creating more problems than you solve by approaching your ICT in a piecemeal fashion, fixing things when they arise that may have a knock-on effect on other systems or applications. Whatever the reason, there’s never been a stronger business case for migrating your on-premise legacy infrastructure to the cloud, which will not only help futureproof your ICT, but can unlock a host of benefits and opportunities for your business or organisation.
If that’s the case, knowing where to start and what you’re looking to achieve are fundamental to the success of any digital transformation project. From a cost perspective, it’s essential to look at not just the current overall operating costs of your ICT, but also your historical expenditure. This will help you to understand how much your ICT is costing you, any cost savings or benefits associated with migrating to the cloud, and how investing in digital transformation can benefit your organisation.
The point of digital transformation isn’t to make your ICT function better. It’s about enabling your organisation to perform its core function more effectively by leveraging technology. ICT forms the foundation of digital transformation, so a failing ICT function will block successful digital transformation. When done right, cloud migration can be a fundamental part of achieving that overall aim.
Legacy ICT vs the cloud
A traditional – or legacy – ICT service comprises a series of applications running on servers in an on-premise or co-located datacentre, which is connected via a LAN and/or WAN to the users. It contains a fixed set of resources – a limited amount of CPU cores, memory, and storage – from which to deliver all the organisation’s requirements.
If organisations with on-premise ICT infrastructure want to add a new service, they may need to invest in additional hardware and upgrades, as well as updating their software as systems and technology evolve. End of life replacement is also a continual challenge, as systems are always out of date or about to expire.
The main drawback with this model is that the need to replace or upgrade software, applications, and the underlying hardware never stops. This means organisations and businesses must invest year after year in playing catch-up with the software and hardware to keep pace. The operational costs associated with running and maintaining a physical centre can often be a drag on growth and flexibility.
Cloud environments, on the other hand, provide a real-time virtual hosting solution with servers, software and data hosted in the cloud, off-premise. It means that instead of investing in in-house physical infrastructure and hardware, organisations can effectively ‘rent’ their datacentre space from a cloud vendor, paying for only what they need, when they need it.
Because their servers and applications are hosted in the cloud, organisations can easily make use of the latest technology platforms and shop around for the best solutions. Software upgrades also become easier than before as the cloud platform vendors make migrating simpler.
What are the benefits of cloud migration?
Migrating to the cloud can help your organisation achieve digital transformation, by giving you access to the latest technologies which unlock efficiencies, enhance communication and collaboration and boost productivity. Some of the other benefits include:
Legacy applications typically rely on old or outdated hardware and operating systems, which are either approaching their end of life or are longer supported by the vendor. Migrating to the cloud can help futureproof your organisation’s ICT through access to the latest software, data storage and networking solutions.
With cloud software, you will always have access to the latest supported versions of the software you use, including the latest features and enhancements. There is a vast plethora of services, tools, and functions that are available in a cloud environment that to get on premise would require investment in hardware or software. The cloud can enable your organisation to see if they are useful, and abandon if not. You can’t do that when you have to buy the product.
Greater efficiencies and increased opportunities
Often, decisions regarding ICT investment come down to balancing the cost of upgrading your legacy system against the cost of maintaining it. Migrating to the cloud can help your organisation eliminate wasteful spending and achieve savings based on the number of users you have and the software that’s essential to your everyday operations.
Technology changes, but so do your operations. The way your organisation functions now may be a lot different from the way it did when you initially purchased your ICT hardware and software. Migrating to the cloud makes it easy to upgrade or scale your ICT based on need, seek new vendors and solutions, and seamlessly integrate different applications within the same ICT environment.
Cloud systems can communicate better with each other through standardised simple object access protocol (SOAP) and RESTful APIs.
The older that legacy hardware and software get, the more vulnerable they become to hackers and cybercriminals, who find it easier to target security holes in older systems. The main benefits of using IaaS and PaaS from a security perspective are that the foundation upon which you build is more secure because the vendor has spent millions making it. This means there are built in security controls, compliance and best practice guidance that isn’t there for on-premise infrastructure in quite the same way, along with AI/machine learning-driven security intelligence and monitoring.
Find out more
AMDH Services Ltd has a wealth of experience in cloud service design and digital transformation, so we know how to make your migration a success. We can provide you with the best technical expertise at the right cost to enhance the overall value of your investment in our services. To find out more, get in touch for an informal chat and a free consultation.