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Cloud: 5 scenarios where it pays for companies to enter it

There's no point in lying to your pocket. The cloud is not a magical place to solve problems. On the contrary, all the trouble you bring into it, the Cloud will multiply and expose vulnerabilities. The cloud is a journey. To heaven or hell. How do you know when joining the Cloud is profitable for your business?

Adopce Cloud usually represents a fundamental change and requires reform not only in IT: it forces you to share IT think differently. Although Cloud has properties that imply a number of benefits, in common scenarios such as migration of the entire data center or the use of IaaS, the cloud solution is often more expensive and sometimes it's even associated with multiple risks.

On the basis ofHowever, we know from our own experience that there are situations where Cloud companies really pays off. Which ones are they?

1) HIGH AVAILABILITY IS THE STANDARD NOWADAYS, ISN'T IT?

With the right application architecture, the cloud solution natively offers the ability to high availability with geographic backup, without the need for supporting tools. There is also support for geoclusters (as HAProxy with VMware and Hyper-V support) and for databases (for example Oracle Database Cloud Services).

Key features and general benefits of Cloud

- Greater flexibility without sacrificing safety
- Globality
- Scalability
- Cost optimisation
- Pay as you go
- Economy of scale
- Time to Market
- Moving from Capex to Opex
- Spot Instance

2) DISASTERS HAPPEN AND MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. ARE YOU READY?

Cloud offers interesting scenarios also from the perspective of Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery. Why keep a whole second backup center with all the fixed costs? Why not have them (even partially) in the Cloud with the ability to build dynamically with all the economic savings?

Another good example would be cloud archive for long-term data storage, which usually has an extremely favourable price. In addition, when restoring within the Cloud (to a backup Cloud datacenter), additional costs for transferring large amounts of data are eliminated = synergistic effects. Your data will thus be available from backup anywhere in the world at interesting RTO/RPO and even more interesting costs.

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3) WHEN YOU WANT TO MOVE WITH THE TIMES AND SAVE MONEY AND WORRY

The modern customer demands modern services. The Cloud is ready to provide them - SaaS, serverless applications or digital workplace are easy to get used to.

  • SaaS - a cloud application with high availability for immediate use. It is fully managed by the provider and often allows for pay-per-use (e.g. per user). An example is Office365.

  • Serverless - applications whose code runs for only a short period of time and whose execution is initiated by an event - either from another application or directly from the Internet. Examples are cron bots, bulk emailing, or chat bots. In all cases, you only pay for the time the code runs.

  • Digital workplace - a secure yet flexible solution for working with access anywhere, anytime, from any device. The range of services offered continues to grow.

4) FAST AND EFFICIENT DEVELOPMENT, THIS IS THE REAL CHALLENGE

The market is relentless and customers are uncompromising. Faster, more, cheaper, the complexity of requirements is growing. How to get new functionality to market reliably and in the shortest possible time? How to react quickly to change and to customer needs? Where to find answers for the business in a reasonable time? Entering the Cloud may be the answer.

  • DevOps in the cloud allows the customer to focus on the development itself while optimizing costs. It facilitates deployment and subsequent management through integration with Devops tools, CI/CD, infrastracture as a code and PaaS/SaaS services.

  • Advanced data analytics is becoming more and more important for a successful business and at the same time more demanding and expensive. However, Big Data or Hadoop require extreme capacity and performance due to their huge data volumes and orders of magnitude more demanding data processing (even unstructured or distributed). And these are the ones that cloud solutions have and when optimizing their use, better results can be achieved with lower TCO than investing in on-premise Big Data DWH.

  • We're still some way from artificial intelligence, but its subset in the form of machine learning is already a reality, even available as SaaS in the Cloud. It includes predictive analytics, advanced data mining, rapid modelling and a range of other services with less upfront work. Especially in the beginning, when we don't know how far the use of machine learning could take us, it is ideal to try it out in the Cloud first.

5) WHAT ABOUT YOUR ON-PREM SOLUTION?

Hybrid cloud brings the benefits of the public cloud while retaining the flexibility of the private cloud. It will allow the customer almost unlimited scalability without having to increase their own on-premise resources.

These scenarios do not cover all situations where joining the Cloud is worthwhile (or where it makes sense to at least consider adoption). But they are the ones where we have verified that such consideration clearly makes sense. That's what the conference was about. Cloud Forum 2019.

Would you like a more detailed and tailored analysis? Are you considering whether to undergo your own Cloud Journeybut are you afraid of going to hell instead of heaven? We will be happy to advise you.

TOGETHER, WE'LL EVALUATE WHETHER CLOUD ADOPTION IS WORTH IT FOR YOU.

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