The trend is crystal clear. Most technology offerings -- including UCC -- are headed towards the cloud. According to a 2013 PriceWaterhouseCooper report, subscription revenue (including SaaS) is forecast to grow at a 17.5% compounded annual rate, reaching 24% of total software revenue by 2016. Regardless of its configuration (public, private, hybrid, etc.), the service-oriented model gives organizations the ability to realize improved agility, flexibility, scalability and new cost efficiencies -- making the trend well worth its while.
However, it’s also important to realize that not every business is ready or interested in moving everything into the cloud immediately. For some there are security concerns or preparedness issues. For others the desire to continually utilize existing investments in on-premises assets fuels the resistance.
Of course, this does not mean that a business never wants to move toward the cloud, which is why its important to always seek out offerings that accommodate deployment flexibility across models. That may sound like common sense, but many solutions available today are exclusive to their deployment model; meaning an investment in an on-premises solution and then deciding two years down the road to capitalize on cloud requires a reinvestment as well as a significant amount work rebuilding user profiles and company specific settings.
Even when a company does choose the cloud, the choices can vary significantly. For instance, choosing a public cloud solution provides a multi-tenant environment that delivers the lowest cost and the quickest deployment. Private cloud solutions offer highly customizable environments and seamless portability. And hybrid cloud deployments extend an organization’s current virtualization strategy and enable the organization to balance infrastructure flexibility with affordability while still delivering the same high performance UCC-optimized environment. Investing in a solution that can easily transition from one deployment model to the other – without heavy reinvestments -- is important.
Bottom line – deployment flexibility means being able to simply transfer licenses without the need to retrain and redeploy. It’s deployment flexibility that provides businesses with investment protection and helps avoid business disruptions.