Cloud Services

Does your business spend too much time and money maintaining your hosting without providing more value to your clients? Is your enterprise considering moving to cloud-based infrastructure as a service?

Running your business’ critical services in the cloud can often present significant cost savings over traditional infrastructure while offering significantly increased reliability and elasticity.

A report by CFO Research and Google found that more than three-quarters of business executives say they believe that cloud computing will be important for their company’s success in the next 12 to 18 months. Sixty-four percent of executives say that a complete implementation of cloud technology would reduce their company’s’ operational costs by up to 20%. Beyond flexible cost structure, the largest proportion of those businesses say their company’s move to the cloud was motivated by a greater need for flexibility (36%) or improved productivity (35%).

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, databased storage, applications and other IT resources. Its is provided through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Cloud service platforms, like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform own and maintain the network-connected hardware required for these application services. You simply provision and use what you need via a web application.

Why make the move to the Cloud?

The benefits of implementing the right cloud strategy in your business are far reaching and go well beyond traditional hosting. Most companies follow the serverless trend for economic benefits but quickly move to the benefits of innovation and speed. Once on the cloud, they can leverage other elements to drive efficiency within the business.

Benefits of moving to the cloud include:

  • No upfront costs of running IT infrastructure, exchanging capital expenses with operational expenses
  • Redeploy current IT resources to higher value activities
  • Gain competitive advantage over businesses who devote IT resources to managing infrastructure
  • Scale up on demand by only paying for what you need, when you need it
  • Adapt quickly to changing market conditions
  • Benefit from economies of scale
  • Optimised security features and networked backups
  • Choose from public, private or hybrid storage solutions depending on your needs
  • Determine level of control with as-a-service options
  • Teams can collaborate from widespread locations with worldwide access

How does it work?

Depending on the provider, cloud computing services all work differently. All providers work either on a pay-as-you-use basis or a fixed term pricing, allowing you to order resources and manage data usages and accounts through dashboards or applications. There are three types of Cloud computing that build on top one another and are designed to help meet specific needs of different users.

Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas)

Is the basic layer of Cloud computing and allows you to set up virtual servers and storage in a data centre.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Is a set of tools and services which make it easier for businesses to develop, run and manage applications without building and maintaining infrastructure typically needed.

Software as a Service (Saas)

Is a way of delivering applications over the internet as a service. It is software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by providers.

Which Cloud Service provider should I use?

Deciding which cloud provider is right for you all comes down to your business needs. Do you need more flexible data storage or do you need infrastructure to support the critical operations of your business? Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are our providers of choice and are leading players in cloud based infrastructure. They each offer a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organisations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.

Bar Chart for Data Comparing Cloud Computing Trends 2017 vs 2016. See table below for data.

Amazon Web Services holds the largest market share in Cloud computing for both 2016/2017. (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey).

Public Cloud Adoption 2017 vs. 2016 (% of Respondents Running Applications)
Cloud Service20162017
Amazon Web Services57%57%
Microsoft Azure20%34%
Google Cloud Platform10%15%
IBM7%8%
Oracle Cloud4%3%
DigitalOcean5%2%

Amazon Web Services is a mature cloud platform and holds the largest market share in Cloud computing. Leaders in Cloud execution AWS offer a wide range of tools and services available that are suited to large enterprises. Azure is quickly catching up with a 14% increase in market from 2016 to 2017, with their growing range of services and ease of migration for businesses already using Microsoft applications. Google Cloud is relatively new to Cloud computing however is gaining a competitive edge with their focused offering and overall speed.

All three companies are committed to providing reliable and secure services that are flexible, stable and affordable.

What services can we provide?

We are a certified AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partner, enabling us to help customers build successful AWS-based businesses or solutions by providing business, technical, marketing and go-to-market support. We can help design, architect, build, migrate and manage your businesses workloads and applications on AWS and Azure.

Our Services include:

  • Cloud Strategy and Consulting
  • Build and Automate scalable infrastructure
  • Migrate existing applications to the cloud
  • Develop native cloud based applications (SaaS, BaaS)
  • Manage backups and recovery
  • Monitoring and support
  • Continuous Integration/Delivery
  • 24/7 support

You can build and run your mission critical application with us on major cloud platforms. Our qualified DevOps team will work closely with you and your business to build the right cloud strategy for you.

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