Why More Agencies Are Putting “Cloud First”

Ccloud-computing-626252_640 copyloud computing is no longer new innovation, and many offices have implemented cloud computing as an integrated part of their infrastructure. Local, state and federal governments are getting in on the action as well, by implementing “cloud first” policies for software installations. And Black Mountain Software is no exception!

A “cloud first” policy means that the vast majority of software applications will be accessed on the cloud. If the installation cannot be performed from the cloud, then it will be installed locally, but only if cloud is not available, i.e. “cloud installs are preferable.”

The reasoning behind “cloud first” policies is simple: the cloud offers a faster time to market, reduced installation and deployment costs, scalability, enhanced security and disaster recovery, and a reduction in risk.

Benefits of “cloud first” installations

There are numerous benefits of a “cloud first” implementation.

  • Scalability: Companies and governments expand and shrink, and sometimes their services grow and shrink with them. To keep up with the changes, additional hardware, bandwidth, features, upgrades and updates must be installed. By using the cloud, additional bandwidth, upgrades, updates and features can be added as needed without requiring extra licensing or hardware installation.
  • Security: Cloud security has greatly increased in recent years, and is now safer than storing data locally. Data stored in the cloud is typically stored on a minimum of three servers located in separate regions. Data stored locally is susceptible to natural disasters such as flood, fire, hurricanes and tornadoes, while data stored in the cloud has redundant copies so that the data is always available. It also provides access control so that only authorized users can instantly access data.
  • Disaster recovery: Recovering from a disaster is a quick process, as company data stored on cloud servers will always be available. No browsing or email happens on cloud servers, so the exposure to attack by virus is greatly reduced in comparison to many LAN (local area network) setups.
  • Data sharing and collaboration: The cloud provides the perfect platform for companies and government agencies to quickly share files and information. It also allows separate agencies to simultaneously collaborate on documents and other files.
  • Simplicity: Running the software on a cloud server means you can skip a huge number of complex components involved setting up a LAN to link together computers and peripheral equipment within an office setting.
  • Cost: When you use an outside provider’s cloud infrastructure as a service, you spend less time, effort, and money on local workstations, servers and network infrastructures of your own.

A “cloud first” policy ensures that agencies receive these benefits and more. Accessing software via the cloud has the benefit of no hardware installation and eliminates many licensing costs. This reduces the overall cost of installation and deployment. Workforces can be globalized at a much cheaper cost using the cloud. The risk of losing data is much lower in the cloud as it provides redundancy for data, and secure file transfers and collaboration. Fewer IT personnel are required for installation and deployment as these actions can all be performed from the cloud. This helps reduce costs and required manpower. Flexibility is improved as well, as agencies have the power to grow or shrink to meet their current demand. This helps keep costs low as agencies will only pay for features that are currently being used.

If you are interested in learning more about accessing Black Mountain Software products on the Cloud, please contact our BMS customer support team today.

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