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. 64 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%).
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.
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:
Depending on the provider, cloud computing services all work differently. All cloud service 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.
IaaS is the basic layer of cloud computing and allows you to set up virtual servers and storage in a data centre.
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.
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.
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.
|Public Cloud Adoption 2017 vs. 2016 (% of Respondents Running Applications)|
|Amazon Web Services||57%||57%|
|Google Cloud Platform||10%||15%|
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 suitable for 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, it 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.
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 managed cloud services include:
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.