We believe that migration to a Cloud Provider improves the efficiency of IT services. In simple terms, Cloud computing delivers the most bangs per Buck (or Euro!). By choosing a cloud-based solution, organisations can stay up-to-date with technology innovations and benefit from higher scalability, lower expenses, and enhanced security. Let’s look at some of these points in more detail:
By migrating to a cloud provider platform, organisations can effectively scale their IT requirements up or down to meet demand. We use the term scalability to describe the flexibility of our systems. In other words, the inherent ability to increase or reduce computing, memory, and storage resources to satisfy the current workload. By adopting cloud computing, organisations are no longer constrained by an in-house infrastructure that will inevitably degrade over time. Furthermore, they can swiftly adjust their operations and architecture to accommodate user demands.
As a developer, the servers and services we need vary from day to day, not only in terms of workload and processing capacity but also by platform. We frequently need to mirror the in-house systems used by our clients. By migrating our systems to cloud provider platforms such as AWS or Azure, we can quickly create almost any operating system, hardware and software combination we may need.
As a result, we can do away with many of our on-premise servers, freeing ourselves from the never-ending cycle of hardware obsolescence and the need to set up additional physical servers, networking equipment, or software licenses.
According to a recent Microsoft Office 365 report, 82% of SMBs attribute cost reductions to the adoption of cloud provider technology. Thanks to the cloud, you only pay for the resources you use. What’s more, you gain access to resources that would be far too expensive and time-consuming to maintain on your own.
As a direct result, companies can allocate more resources to their business needs rather than maintaining their IT operations. So it’s easy to understand why the top motivation for cloud migration is cost savings, closely followed by flexibility and agility.
Using the cloud also enables you to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. With a few mouse clicks, it is easy to access new services when a new need, challenge, or opportunity arises. Furthermore, your users can access the cloud services and data they require from any location.
These opportunities represent a fertile combination. They facilitate a company’s growth into new markets while making it easy to offer services to clients worldwide and allowing workers to work flexibly.
A few years ago, we frequently encountered large organisations that would never consider using cloud services. However, now that many banks trust their data to cloud providers, security concerns have become less of an obstacle.
It is self-evident that cloud providers must take care of security and compliance on behalf of their clients. However, it helps to remember that providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft have more experience providing safe commercial web services than almost any other business. After all, security is a core requirement in nearly everything they do. From our experience, these platforms have much higher levels of security than some of the expensive in-house data centres used by many organisations. In addition, cloud platforms such as Amazon or Azure must keep up with all security updates and market trends to guarantee the protection of your sensitive data in the cloud.
It’s challenging to provide empirical evidence, but we believe that the policies, technology, and controls within public cloud providers improve substantially on the security procedures used by most organisations. Given the broad nature of their services, they must deploy any industry-specific compliance requirements as quickly as possible.
Of course, all systems are as safe as the software you deliver, but pen tests and code vulnerability scanners can help maintain code security.
System failures and recovery
Public cloud provider operations teams will be available 24×7, so operations will rarely stop in the event of hardware or network failures. Providing this same level of robustness in-house is impractical except within the largest organisations. So while you sleep, you can expect problems to be promptly discovered and fixed at no additional cost.
Cloud providers offer easy ways to manage automated backup and recovery procedures, which enables company continuity. Further, they deliver built-in, user-friendly backup and recovery features, including the choice to store backups in various geographic locations.
BSL migration expertise
We have experience with Azure, Amazon and Google cloud services. We’ve recently migrated several complex systems to the cloud on behalf of international clients. We’d like to be able to help you too. You’re welcome to get in touch and find out more.