Retail businesses, like any other industry, need to utilize modern technologies and find ways to cut costs. Transitioning to cloud technologies allows retailers to save on purchasing servers, maintaining them, and hiring specialists. At the same time, retailers can access necessary, scalable computing power and modern software.
Before migrating, it is worth asking 5 questions:
1. What are the real savings
More than half of retailers believe that using clouds will not pay off financially. However, it is enough to look more closely, and the benefits will become visible to the naked eye. So what benefits can you get?
- Less infrastructure costs . Buying your own servers is a major capital investment. In addition, you need to calculate in advance the required capacity, make a margin for future growth. Further, this infrastructure needs to be maintained and modernized. It should also be borne in mind that usually a significant part of the resources are not used.
- Savings on software . If a company uses Microsoft office products, 1C, mail services and antiviruses, then it knows that this is another separate large cost item. Cloud solutions allow you to get access to up-to-date software products customized for your processes, and it will be much cheaper.
- No need to hire specialists . Infrastructure maintenance requires a full-time system administrator. And if specific software is used, for example, 1C, then a separate qualified employee is needed to configure and maintain it. When you move to the Cloud4Y cloud, you get the support of our team of specialists who will do everything necessary.
2.How to start migration
Some retailers still use legacy software that would be difficult to move to the cloud. Therefore, it may be necessary to start by migrating applications that are suitable for the cloud first. This gradual migration strategy can make the transition smoother. It is important to evaluate system utilization, assess priorities, and create a migration roadmap to guide the process.
3. How to control resources
“Cloud technology allows retailers to save on the cost of purchasing and maintaining physical servers, as well as hiring specialized IT staff. Retailers can also benefit from easily scalable computing power and access to modern software. However, some retailers may have difficulty migrating legacy software to the cloud, and it is important to carefully evaluate system utilization and prioritize migration. Cloud services such as Cloud4Y offer the ability to pay for only the resources actually used, and provide assistance with setting up and optimizing business processes for effective resource management and control.
4. How data security is ensured
One concern that companies may have before transitioning to the cloud is the issue of security. Some may believe that storing data on a physical server in the office is a more reliable option. However, this belief is incorrect. First, if the physical server experiences a failure, the business will come to a halt indefinitely. Secondly, it is unlikely that a company can provide sufficient security measures or fire safety on its own. These are just a few examples.
On the other hand, cloud providers have a wide range of tools and options to protect your data. If there were any data breaches, the reputation losses for the cloud provider would be significant and could even threaten to close the business. Therefore, cloud providers make every effort to protect the security of their customers’ data.
At Cloud4Y, our servers are located in secure Tier III data centers, which have advanced air conditioning systems, access control, uninterruptible power supplies, and redundant systems. If any server fails, our clients will not even notice because their system will automatically migrate to another server.
5. What is the responsibility of the cloud provider
Cloud providers take great care to protect the security and integrity of their clients’ data. They understand that their reputation and success depend on it, and they use various measures to ensure the safety of their customers’ information. In the event of any failures or leaks, cloud providers are held accountable and do everything they can to prevent such incidents from occurring. Trustworthy providers have servers located in secure Tier III data centers with advanced systems in place to protect against failures and maintain the integrity of the data.