If you are already hosting Remote Desktop Services in your own data center or in a co-location facility, you should consider moving these workloads to the cloud. Check out some misconceptions that usually hold companies back from making the move.
The speed at which public cloud providers are innovating their technology is drastically improving performance and lowering costs constantly. According to ZDNet, "In 2018, cloud computing will accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere as it becomes a must-have business technology."
For a deeper understanding of the benefits, here are the top 5 reasons to consider moving your existing RDS workloads to the cloud:
- Faster Technology Refresh Cycles
If you are running RDS on your own hardware or in a hosted datacenter, you are tied to fixed hardware refresh cycles typically in 3 or 5 year increments. As technology continues to evolve, you are missing out on the continuous innovation that public cloud providers bring to market on a monthly basis.
- Eliminate CapEx
Typically hosting providers invest heavily in new hardware based on refresh cycles. So each 3-5 years there is a large Capital Expense (CapEx) that is then depreciated over the life of the hardware. Additionally, hardware capacity needs to be sized for future growth. This complicates the profitability model and makes scalability difficult. When moving to the cloud, capacity can be rightsized at any time and can be scaled to meet workload demand on a daily basis (only pay for what you use). The predictable monthly Operating Expense (OpEx) creates an instantly profitable business model that can be scaled at a moments notice to meet future demand. Click here to read more about moving CapEx to OpEx.
- Instant Scalability, Faster Time to Market
Traditionally when onboarding new customers or scaling existing customers new hardware needs to be purchased or current unused hardware can be provisioned. In some cases, current hardware can be over-provisioned causing performance issues for users. When you run RDS workloads in the cloud, you have access to instant scalability which allows you to have new users onboarded in hours, not days or weeks.
- Expand Geo - without performance/latency issue
To ensure high performance and low latency customer solutions, infrastructure hosting has historically been limited to states, countries, or regions in close in proximity to the datacenter location. While the public cloud does not change this fact, it does open up the possibility to scale your hosting business worldwide. In the cloud, you can spin up new resources across the globe in a matter of minutes. For certain international data laws (i.e. Safe Harbor), the public cloud provides instant ability to host according to local regulatory and compliance regulations.
- Existing RDS Expertise
If you are already hosting Remote Desktop Services, you have a skilled team of engineers with deep knowledge of how to implement RDS. When you move this workload to the cloud, the deep understanding and operational expertise your team possesses is seamlessly translatable.