Everyone is talking about the Cloud, and perhaps you’re also wondering whether you should embrace or at least check out what’s the fuss is all about.
In a nutshell, the biggest benefits the Cloud offers to businesses and enterprises is the flexibility and speed to test and deploy new products and services at relatively low cost. This has enables new Startups to leap-frog many of the established companies with their legacy IT infrastructures of multiple servers, operating systems, routers, etc.
Consider this scenario – if a company wants to test a new CRM software, the typical process would be to put in a request to their I.T department to provision a new server and set up the software for testing. This could take days or weeks, depending on the number of approvals required to purchase a new server, cost justification, server-setup and software installation.
In contrast, in a Cloud environment, the system admin can easily fire up a virtual-server instance, provisioned it for operation within minutes and setup the software for testing within a couple of hours! (Not days or weeks).
This speed and flexibility has given many companies and startups the extra edge because they are able to bring their products and services to market much faster than their competitors.
Furthermore, the cost to run a virtual-server instance in the cloud for 30 days is minimal – a few hundred dollars at most, compared to thousands in a typical I.T.
If the Cloud is so great … why isn’t every company, enterprise and businesses using the cloud?
Good question. The scenario painted above assumes a fully functional Cloud environment that has been correctly setup and configured. This is the main challenge for many companies – setting up and configuring the cloud environment and integrating it into their existing infrastructure. This is where we can help.
The other alternative is to subscribe to a public-cloud services such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS). Depending on the nature of your business, using the public cloud may or may not be viable because of data privacy and security policies. If this is the case, then a hybrid-cloud (a mix between a private cloud on your premise and the public cloud) may be a good option. Talk to us about your requirements, and we’ll advise you accordingly.
For the Public Cloud, we strongly recommend AWS for its superior stability, speed and security. Yes, despite being a ‘public-cloud’ – the security features in AWS is good enough for the CIA to invest $600 million into the AWS services (ref: CIA invest in AWS despite security concerns )
For the Private Cloud, OpenStack is the future. It enjoys the support of all the big boys such as RedHat, Canonical (Ubuntu), HP, IBM, Cisco, Paypal, etc – and it is interoperable with Amazon’s AWS – thus creating a hybrid-cloud with OpenStack and AWS will be much easier.
You may want to read our “Cloud Made Simple” article which explains the various Cloud technologies and terminologies in simple English.
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