Faster deployment, less effort
New customers especially may want to consider deploying APM in the cloud. Generally, cloud-first APM customers find faster time to value, less effort involved and less cost due to applications already being in the cloud. While help with customizations and configurations may still be necessary, the crux of the building blocks will already be there for use.
For customers migrating from on-prem to the cloud, successive deployments or changes will be that much faster and less costly. APM in the cloud yields significant flexibility, both from an IT and a business perspective. Looking at it as a business, cloud helps facilitate merger and acquisition activity and due diligence. It also is an accelerator to consolidating plants and the overall fleet and can significantly aid in achieving robust financial performance. Also business expansion plans can be accelerated and more quickly adopted with APM in the cloud.
Migrating to cloud offloads the responsibility for the configuration and operation of servers, storage, the network and data centers. IT leaders can use the time they gain back to build the infrastructure-as-code delivery model and modernize applications and services.
Major cloud service providers spend billions on security because of changing cybersecurity landscapes and defensive threat countermeasures – many enterprises can’t handle that expenditure on their own. Though cloud security failures happen, these breaches are often noted as having “misconfigured databases” or “third-party mismanagement” caused by customers themselves or IT vendors helping customers. In fact, 99% of cloud security failures through 2025 will be the customer’s fault.
Being on the latest versions, patches and hot-fixes for operating systems, applications, databases and other core software and tools can significantly help to minimize threat posture, as well as hasten the speed to repair breaches. Plus users benefit from the latest security software and authentication tools cloud providers use to minimize risk.
Perhaps the most important benefit is the cost benefit from potential eliminated security incidents. The costs to clean up, plug and repair security incidents can be substantial not to mention the opportunity cost of taking your IT staff away from running your business.
Reduced risk of data loss
Successful APM relies on large quantities of APM data. Among the many benefits of a cloud strategy for APM is reduced risk of data loss. When considering APM data, it’s this data durability which helps enterprises achieve optimized asset management strategies. Without it, expensive assets are at risk of over-maintaining, undermaintaining or costly break-fix incidents. Cloud data storage includes back up, archiving, timely restore protocols, just in time capacity and performant storage that can grow with your needs.
A hallmark of cloud, agility generally refers to rapid, same day or in mere minutes provisioning of computing resources. This nimbleness facilitates business change and quick response to changing opportunities or conditions as business becomes more IT-infused and differentiated with IT assets.
Another type of agility hides under the surface. How quickly can your team and your internal IT staff adapt and adopt next generation software and hardware? Speed affects your ability to take advantage of innovation, keep business and asset data secure, and test systems and processes. It’s clear that cloud computing in all its forms aid in helping business and IT agility.