Businesses are constantly seeking ways to enhance their operations and stay competitive. For companies with on-premises IT environments, the adoption of cloud technologies can offer a plethora of advantages, transforming the way they operate and opening doors to new possibilities. But which form of cloud computing is the way to go, and how do you get the most out of your IT?
Cloud computing enables companies to optimize and simplify their IT infrastructure by eliminating the need to maintain expensive physical servers and data centers. This approach also reduces capital expenditures, conserves energy, enhances scalability and flexibility, all of which contribute to your business. Cloud computing not only provides businesses with a competitive advantage, but also allows them to free up financial resources for other essential investments and growth initiatives.
Take for example our customer Sycada, a company that has shown that profit and sustainability can go hand in hand. They partner with public transit companies, cab companies and maintenance services who want to decrease their carbon footprint. Smart technology like DriveTag, a fuel efficiency app developed by Sycada, saves these companies millions of litres of fuel annually.
The company had started out with a single server in the hallway closet that eventually moved to a data center’s server rack. To keep up with modern developments and be ready for further growth, Sycada’s management decided to move to the cloud in 2019. We know many organizations that make the same choice.
These are the advantages of the public cloud
When considering the use of cloud services, you can choose between the private and public cloud. In the first case, you use the cloud services of a provider with a limited number of customers and a limited infrastructural footprint and corresponding services. On the other hand, public cloud services are used by millions of customers and offer hundreds of services with a choice of data centers around your continent.
The advantages of the public cloud make it a particularly good fit for organizations seeking flexibility. Without upfront investments, cloud space can be expanded quickly and cost-efficiently. There are also lower management costs; the cloud provider keeps the system up to date and guarantees security, freeing up financial resources for innovation and other essential investments.
Platform as a Service: the benefits
Organizations looking for even more benefits from the public cloud can look into Platform as a Service (PaaS). Public cloud platforms, in contrast to private cloud providers who offer a limited set of services, enable customers to develop, run and manage their applications, without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure that usually comes with this.
You can view PaaS services as construction kits. They offer components that you can easily assemble into a suitable whole, which provides great flexibility and allows you to allocate costs effectively. Examples of such services are load balancers, database as a service, backup solutions, firewalls, NAT gateways, patching solutions, monitoring solutions and the list goes on. These services have a particularly strong Service Level Agreement (SLA), and no installation or maintenance is required. In terms of compliance and security, you continuously follow industry best practices. With PaaS services, you prevent legacy software from requiring constant attention and getting in the way of transformation.
How to get more value for your cloud money
Once convinced of the utility and necessity of the PaaS model, the logical choice is to opt for one of the three big Cloud Service Providers (CSPs): Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Although companies emphasize different selection criteria when choosing a CSP, one aspect is always important: the costs. After all, when making these kinds of decisions you need to understand in advance what the cloud bill will look like, and how it compares to continuing your existing on-premises or co-located setup.
Back to our client Sycada. They chose to go with AWS, because that provider was the most robust and offered the widest range of technologies and market knowledge. As you can read in our case study, we guided Sycada through the entire journey to the cloud. First, we replicated the existing platform to make it run on AWS. Once that was taken care of, we supported Sycada in modernizing the platform, so that Sycada could take full advantage of all the benefits working in the cloud.
White paper on cloud costs
If you want to find the cloud model that best fits your situation, it is advisable to compare the pros and cons of the options. Our new white paper focuses on calculating the costs of running Microsoft workloads in various scenarios: on-premises and with a CSP (Microsoft Azure vs. AWS). Take your first step to a successful cloud implementation; download your copy of “Uncovering Cloud Cost Savings: A Closer Look at Licenses and Resources” today.