Here at the Tahoe Partners office there is a heated debate going on over what to do with our data center, now sitting empty with only holes in the floor hinting at where server racks once stood. Ping pong? Foosball table? A room with moving floors like in Jamiroquai’s Virtual Insanity music video?
(I probably just dated myself with Jamiroquai reference)
Moving to the cloud is a real option for organizations that can save money, reduce maintenance costs, and cut deployment time. While deploying large enterprise systems via the cloud is nothing new, this approach continues to gain steam for marketing tools like Sitecore.
Here are some reasons a marketing platform in the cloud makes sense:
- It allows companies who can’t afford the huge infrastructure investment, or simply don’t want to, to get the solution they want at a cost that’s predictable and easy on finance.
- Deploying in the cloud means the ability to scale seamlessly. When demand spikes, you can ramp up capacity; when demand drops you can save a few extra bucks by scaling your infrastructure down. The cloud provides you with more flexibility than on-premises equipment
- It ends the struggle to get in the IT department queue. There will always be projects that take priority, and the process always takes longer than anyone hopes. With a cloud solution and a trusted partner to support that solution, you will be able to ramp up faster than you ever thought possible and take advantage of opportunity when it strikes.
With Sitecore, You Have Cloud Options
When it comes to Sitecore, the cloud can make a lot of sense. There are advantages and disadvantages of using the cloud, and how you should approach making your first cloud deployment: you can choose to install the Sitecore Experience Database (xDB) as an entirely on premise solution, a partly on premise solution, partly in the cloud (hybrid) or entirely in the cloud.
If you are considering moving Sitecore to the cloud, give us a call and we’d be happy to share our experiences and best practices.