Cloud computing is a term which has many meanings, goals, and benefits.
Many businesses struggle to understand how to take advantage of the myriad of available services and platforms.
When deployed correctly, cloud based infrastructure has many benefits which include:
Lower total cost of ownership due to a great economy of scale in data centre management
Great toolsets which can be used to manage your infrastructure and cost much more easily than it could be done in your own data centre
Centrally managed and maintained services which may eliminate the need to upgrade and patch your servers and software, reducing risk and again saving money
Better and better plug and play integration options allowing the cloud services you are using to connect to other systems easily and rapidly
If you need a hand understanding the jargon, or aren't sure if this technology suits your business, we can help. Give us a call for a zero cost assessment.
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Creating and accessing a new server in the cloud is as simple as completing an online form, selecting your options and configuring the machine. A few minutes later your new machine will be up and running with the software you want already running on it.
The beauty of this is the elimination of lead times for hardware provisioning in new projects. It also means you can provision very high end servers for demanding tasks like performance testing, pay for them as required, and then unprovision them when you are done.
Modern management portals have abundant reporting showing all servers, costs, and utilization so you can make informed decisions when considering server consolidation.
Distinct from servers, cloud services are applications (software) or platforms that run in the cloud. A web site is a good example of a cloud service.
Some of the software you currently run on servers in your own data centre (or server room) has an equivalent cloud version. Cloud software has certain characteristics which provide a lot of benefit for organisations including:
Cloud applications generally have mobile clients available, allowing access from any device with an internet connection
You don't have to upgrade the software, operating system, or database of a cloud application. This is all managed for you by the application vendor.
You get immediate access to new features deployed for the software
You can access the software outside your own enterprise (anywhere with an internet connection)
There are considerations to moving software to the cloud also, including:
Your data is not kept in your own data centre
You normally need an internet connection to access the data
Outages to the service are outside your control. you have to reply on the service provider to restore the service
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We've helped organisations like yours assess the pros and cons of moving services and servers to the cloud. We have experience in Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and other private cloud providers. Since our core expertise is integration, we also know how to keep your systems connected and talking to each other before, during, and after the move.
Give us a call - we'll come out for a no cost consultation and determine if there may be benefits to exploring this further with you.