The beauty of the cloud is that it allows you to focus on your business while handing off many of the headaches to someone else. This can be a hard decision to make when you’re being pulled in different directions.
You might be receiving mixed messages from people who say “move everything to the cloud,” and others who say “no, stay on-premise.” The truth of the matter is, neither is right or wrong. Every case is different, and you may have different needs than other companies.
Shadow-Soft wants to help you understand your choices so you can make a better, more informed decision. Let’s go through three different ways you can move to the cloud without fully committing all your resources and leaving data and infrastructure at no risk.
1. Software as a Service (SaaS)
This is a great approach for applications that do not define your business (email, payment, document management). SaaS allows you to pass on the management and maintenance to a service provider. SaaS gives you the options of scalability and managing demand as it increases or declines, as well as flexibility to access applications anywhere on the Internet.
Benefits of shifting to SaaS:
- Frees your IT department from putting out fires and allows them to concentrate on innovation.
- You can shift only the applications needed, making it a painless transition.
- Focus on resources that grow the business.
- High adoption rate. SaaS applications can be accessed anywhere and are easy to use.
2. Backup and Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) lets you replicate your on-premise applications to a VM so you can plan for and enable business continuity.
Imagine a hurricane comes through and floods your data center. If you are using the DRaaS approach, you could quickly restore all your backed-up data from the cloud. This model works by creating a VM, where you can save your data and access it with the click of a button. This will allow you to have all your apps up and running in minutes.
Benefits of DRaaS:
- Speed: Don’t have to wait for hardware to ship, or sign lease agreements. You can deploy resources in minutes.
- Scalability: Keep up with demand. When running out of physical space, you have it available on your VM host.
- Security: Your applications and data are more secure in the cloud than they are on-premise. If you want to know more about this, read our Cloud Security Article.
- Test failovers: You can try and test things without impacting your on-premise environment.
- Reverse replicate: You can take your environment back to on-premise if you must after testing.
3. Cloud Dev/Test Environments
Use the cloud to create staging and test environments. This can come in handy when dealing with disconnections between teams. For example, you might be experiencing a major miscommunication between development and infrastructure teams, which results in inefficient processes. These two teams have different skill sets and speak two different languages; therefore, processes can get confusing.
For example, your Dev team asks for a few VMs to test new integrations. The infrastructure team then gets the request, sends it out, and a VM is created. The Dev team gets notified, but the VM is not what they needed and it has to be done all over again. The second time around, the VM works, it gets approved, and tests can be done. This process can take anywhere from five days to a few weeks; it’s long and inefficient. The Dev/Test environment can help diminish inefficiency and speed up the process.
Benefits of Cloud Dev/Test Environments:
- Minimize miscommunication between teams.
- VMs are only needed a couple of hours a day, which keeps costs down.
- Developers can create temporary environments, while infrastructure can contribute to defining them.
- Flexible VM can be shut down when not in use.
- It only takes minutes to complete.
This approach allows your teams to be more productive and innovate faster by cutting down on the unnecessary time wasted in poor communication.
Ready to move to the cloud?
If you are looking for advice on how to move to the cloud, talk to one of our specialists about a cloud-readiness assessment.