At the Core
31 March 15

Making The Culture Shift: Easing Your Business Into The IaaS Transition

Businesses everywhere are realizing the enormous potential for cloud backup to improve their data-driven operations. Everyone needs to keep backup copies of their files in order to safeguard against data loss, and it's becoming increasingly clear that the cloud is the best way to do so.

You can put your files on tapes or external hard drives, but what happens if a big storm hits and those resources are wiped out too? Your backup efforts haven't helped. You can move those physical assets far away, but then there are the logistical hurdles of getting them back in crunch time. Inconvenient, to say the least.

"Everyone needs to keep backup copies of their files in order to safeguard against data loss."

Companies have begun to figure out that, when it comes to disaster recovery or any number of other uses for data backup solutions, the cloud is the way to go. Many business tech leaders are revamping operations to run on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which makes them far more agile with their data backup efforts.

Unfortunately, there's still some hesitation on the part of many business leaders to embrace cloud IaaS. Why is this? And what can be done to change people's attitudes about the transition? Let's explore.

Adopting the cloud for convenience
Companies these days are flocking to the cloud because it offers them a high level of convenience, according to Outscale. Business technology expert William Hayles believes that for pragmatic companies looking to maximize efficiency and minimize cost, there's no better way to go.

"Even for the largest and most technically expert companies, it can't be denied that cloud Infrastructure as a Service platforms offer a degree of flexibility, elasticity, cost efficiency and convenience that corporate deployments have no hope of matching," Hayles argued.

So what's the problem, then? Why isn't everyone using the cloud unanimously?

The one hangup is that some business leaders fear the difficulty of the "culture shift" that comes with asking employees to adopt a new way of doing business. Indeed, the transition can appear daunting at first.

Encountering culture problems
The cloud can make a world of difference for any company, but according to The Federal Times, some businesses just aren't ready. That's the opinion of Bud Michels, senior director for cloud solutions at General Dynamics IT.

Gradually, the "culture" in business is shifting.Gradually, the "culture" in business is shifting.

"The challenges we have aren't technology," Michels told the news source. "The major challenges are the ability for the business owners to let go and let their data be somewhere else. [Managers] have adverse reactions to just giving up control of their data to any cloud provider. Their job is to protect information."

Of course, using cloud IaaS makes it easier to protect information than ever. Once everyone comes to understand that, there should be no stragglers left.

The need for disaster recovery
Every business needs fast-acting resources for disaster recovery. Whenever their data is in danger, they need to get it back quickly and reliably.

Cloud-based IaaS makes that possible in a way that no other solution can. This is the No. 1 reason for businesses to adopt IaaS in the near future. It might require a "culture shift" around the office initially, but in the long run, the move will prove well worth it.

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