Cloud desktops are the present-day prize winner in the category of IT infrastructure with the best cost efficiencies and capabilities for small and medium businesses (SMB). It has been estimated that companies can reduce their IT costs by 15% when moving to the cloud and choosing a pay-as-you-go usage model for their data storage, application, and maintenance.
In the next few sections, we are taking a deeper look at the cost-efficiencies following in the wake of the cloud, and the positive effects businesses experience after migrating their data to the infrastructure of third-party providers such as we-IT.
Immediate cost savings
The cloud has some obvious cost savings arguments in its favor versus traditional on-premise architecture. Businesses that use the services of cloud providers have zero worries with regards to their infrastructure management, regular maintenance, staffing, and security. These are only two of many costs a company would incur upon itself if they choose to go down the road of buying their own server equipment, licenses, and hiring in-house staff to support the entire operations. The majority of businesses these days understand the big gaps in cost efficiency with this strategy and they opt for more penny-wise desktop operations such as DaaS, offered as a pay-per-use package to companies of all sizes.
No initial CapEx
Cloud desktops require no upfront costs and no hidden charges other than the recurrent fixed desktop fee per user that the cloud client agrees to with their provider. The way this model works is by putting forth the software that the client needs deployed to their cloud vendor and paying only for the pre-agreed monthly usage fee per tenant. No licensing fees are required from clients to use their chosen applications, which is normally the case with the traditional desktop models. Another great benefit of cloud desktops and pay-per-use subscriptions is that they can be canceled without additional costs to the company moving away from the cloud.
Ongoing cost optimization
Often times companies that consider migrating to the cloud suffer from poor cost optimization of their IT infrastructure and paying too much for services they don’t utilize. That cannot really happen with cloud desktops and cloud-hosted software. In fact, deploying resources from the cloud gives clients a clearer overview of the usage that goes around in the company. There are a number of cost optimization strategies that a business can put into practice with the help of their provider so that they can make the best use of their remote operations. Cloud consultants are typically the most experienced in this area and they can help new and existing customers to benefit the most from the cloud and make their journey long and worthy.
Zero maintenance costs
When we say zero maintenance costs for the client, we mean zero hassle with both on-site and off-site servicing. Cloud clients have no hardware costs to consider nor any accompanying maintenance costs that recur each month and each year with the standard server infrastructure. Needless to say, big companies have an even bigger commitment to their investment in infrastructure and maintenance. When a company is outsourcing its desktop environment from a third-party cloud company such as we-IT, there are no configuration or upkeep concerns on the end-user side of things. There are no migration fees, premises upkeep costs, or energy expenditures that need to be considered either.
The key benefit of using cloud desktops from a provider, specializing in cloud computing, is the skilled panel of specialists that outside companies have the chance to get access to when moving to the cloud. Cloud computing is a niche field in the IT sector, along with cyber security, which makes it harder to find knowledgeable personnel in case you are considering going down the path of deploying your own on-premise infrastructure. The cost savings in labor can have an important say in the final decision for some businesses since the last thing you want is to have unqualified staff deploying and maintaining your on-premise virtual workstations, thus risking your security, operational agility, and the efficiency of your entire business model.
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