IDC extensively interviewed 12 organizations across a variety of industries. Here are the most commonly reported advantages of AWS:
Cutting IT infrastructure costs: By moving their infrastructure to the AWS cloud, respondents saw an average savings of $11,100 per 100 users per year ($46 million per organization).
HIgher IT staff productivity: IT staff members were able to more effectively use their time when relieved of the burden of day-to-day activities such as database or application management, help desk services, or security tasks. IDC estimated the value of the time these IT teams saved to be about $43,100 per 100 users per year per organization ($1.8 million per organization).
Improving risk mitigation: Respondents said the AWS cloud reduced their risk and unplanned application outages, worth an average of $18,400 per 100 users per year ($77 million per organization).
Increased business productivity: Organizations’ workforces were able to increase their productivity using high-performance applications and features that were highly-available. IDC calculates these productivity gains to be worth about $84,700 per 100 users yearly ($3.46 million per organization).
It’s no surprise these clients were highly satisfied with their investment. After all, AWS has provided cloud services longer than any other provider.
How AWS Delivers Increased Windows Workload Optimization
But how did the organizations surveyed use AWS to gain all of these benefits? By fully-leveraging AWS to gain the robust, secure environment needed to run mission-critical Windows workloads, such as .NET solutions, SQL Server, or Active Directory.
Running Windows workloads on AWS yields greater windows workload optimization by:
Reducing infrastructure costs. Moving infrastructure off-premises and onto the AWS cloud eliminates all the pain points in-house infrastructures face. This optimizes costs in many ways, including: more efficiently using application licenses; reducing electricity and cooling costs; removing equipment replacement and upgrade costs; and increasing reliability and uptime.
Enabling more effective development. Businesses are able to grow and support more profitable models, as running Windows workloads on the AWS cloud gives them greater IT agility.
Optimizing security. The AWS cloud is highly-secure and efficient at lowering the effect of unplanned outages on operations and other security risks.
Producing better business outcomes. Having a more efficient way to run Windows workloads offers better-functioning applications to the workforce and enables employees to create better business outcomes.