Cloud Computing

Cloud Services: Should You Really Take The Leap?

There are tons of organizations both large and small using cloud services on a daily basis, some recognize and subscribe to benefits that are made available from each of the services, while others are ignorant of the fact that they are consuming services offered over a cloud infrastructure.

The organization needs to make an informed decision before they pick the right category of cloud service required for their business. While 4 major types of services that a cloud could support are classified under, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Anything as a Services XaaS.

There are different categories of cloud services that may be deployed to ensure that you get what fits your business the best. You could opt for public, private or a hybrid cloud, depending on what drives your decision making – IT budget, Adapting new technology, Data security or organizational policies.

There are still deeper parameters that may need consideration and debating before you finalize on what fits best. This blog will discuss 4 areas of concerns for executives while deciding upon cloud IT, as a platform.

Security over the cloud IT infrastructure
> Using Shared infrastructure.
> Benefits of scaling out and scaling in.
> Durability and backing up of data.

Security Over The Cloud IT Infrastructure

A recent study conducted by the PwC portrayed the poor condition of security levels and breaches that have surmounted organizations with IT infra on premises. With 48% of organizations not conducting a security sensitive program as well.

Would it be fair to look to a cloud provider to have both physical and virtual security cared for? Well, with the escalating consumption of services provided out of the cloud, this large demand drives the need for a secure an environment.

Cloud services not only provide physical security of hosting your IT on their Data Centres but also build a strong and secure virtual environment too. You may connect by a secure connection with your infra on the cloud via the desired level of encryption, isolate your IT by provisioning gateways, firewalls, router authentications, and virtual private networks.

Using Shared Infrastructure

If public cloud and hybrid cloud are options that your organization would choose, there are fewer choices that are left open to you when it comes to availing dedicated infrastructure. With pay as you go being the model of billing and delivery, unused resources are generally shared to gain efficiency. This is a concern for some while taking the leap to embrace cloud ingratitude and services. While the argument could sway any direction, the facts should stay clear.

– Shared infra does not mean, your data is shared.
– Shared infra is a highly protected environment and closely monitored too.
– While you can decide to freeze upon a location or region for your IT, you often cannot decide a specific server or a set of servers to be dedicated or made available.

Benefits of Scaling Out and Scaling In

If you are a startup or you plan on running a quick proof of concept for your prospective customers. Cloud services work like magic. You don’t have to be bothered about the initial costs of setting up a data center, hiring the team of engineers to architect the DC, support staff for the products and software solutions you procure to run your new IT, costs of scaling out depending on peak business hours or for that matter of fact even closing out an unsuccessful campaign.

With a cloud service provider, you only are concerned about how much you use and what you use. You are empowered to scale out and scale in at the click of a few buttons and in a few minutes. No more waiting for approvals, procurement, delivery, commissioning and installation of either hardware or software.

Durability and Backing Up of Data

While the availability of data and frequent demands of restoring files for a quick rollback during diverse circumstances is a common scenario that calls for the need of agility and shorter response time. There is short demand of data being requested from yesteryears, hence cloud services can provide un-imaginable archiving solutions to ensure that durability ranging close to 100% can be attained. Weekly backed up data, overnight backups and bare metal recovery of images are stored as snapshots, with multiple copies to give you higher availability and quicker restoration time.

With all these distinct advantages it is no wonder that cloud services are considered the “in thing.” If you are a small or medium business or a start-up, seriously consider cloud services. It may appear to be a big leap but is actually a wise business proposition. A capable and experienced service provider will help you – Take the leap and reap the rewards.