The introduction and adoption of cloud technologies has seen a large shift of many in-house, costly and unsustainable services being outsourced to take advantage of a utility based structure.
On the flipside several traditional on-premise hosted solutions may no longer be part of a businesses service offering as typically utilised in the past. However it is still a requirement for many businesses based on specific needs. Examples include mission critical data where maximum control is paramount or legacy applications that do not transition well to a cloud based service.
Cloud based technologies come in different flavour services and delivery methods. Common service types include: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Delivery methods include: Public, Private, Hybrid and Community.
Cloud and choice of service and delivery method can provide value and benefits. Some notable areas of value include higher levels of on-demand:
Some key advantages gained from these areas of value include:
It is important to note that above all the technology advantages of cloud mentioned, there are some key business factors which need to be fully understood. Some examples include the introduction of cloud services for the first time:
Businesses need to be aware and prepared before they engage cloud providers to avoid pitfalls in the future. Some key factors to consider include how portable and interoperable are the cloud services offered?
Areas where we can help to devise the right solution for your needs and gain the value-added results you expect include: