Why the cloud?
The cloud represents an opportunity to run your most important software in the most reliable, scalable and cost-effective way possible.
In the past, businesses would purchase and maintain their own servers on premises. Some would purchase a server in a data centre and outsource the server maintenance, this would lead to improved bandwidth performance and lower IT infrastructure costs but it would still require the business to manage the platform, the operating system and services.
More recently businesses and software products have been moving to the cloud. All this means is that the platform is hosted in addition to the infrastructure. The developers need not be developing for a specific platform version and the customer need not be concerned about server maintenance at all. Cloud services typically run distributed across multiple physical machines, are automatically load balanced and offer the best protection against denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the effect of suddenly getting a lot more traffic! (The SlashDot effect).
The cloud payment model works on a “pay per use”, meaning that you only pay for what resources you use. If your website, email server or storage server is in heavy demand during office hours but rarely used in the evenings and the weekend you can “scale up” the power during the day to gain performance and back off the pedal at night and the weekends to save money.
For scientific and technical use, this model is ideal since large scale computing power is immediately available and you can switch it off once you’re done! This suits media companies who are looking to replace their existing in-house video rendering and CGI farms with a more powerful pay-per-use solution.
We can assist you with:
- Capacity and performance planning
- Designing, developing new and moving existing services to cloud hosts
- Microsoft Azure
- Amazon EC2/S3
- Rackspace Cloud
Call us today and ask us about how moving your IT requirements to the cloud can increase your business performance and save you money.