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Planning Your Next Cloud Move? Here’s All You Need to Know About the Cloud Services
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Cloud computing has come a long way since its inception in the 60s. With its timely growth, the spectrum of its applications and services has also widened. Over the time, the cloud service providing giants like AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure and Google has revamped and reinvented themselves to stay ahead in the cloud game.
For any business to make a smooth transition on the web and thrive online, the ever-benefiting shift to cloud is a must. If you’re taking your first steps in the world of cloud computing or even if you’ve already implemented cloud services in your business and are experimenting with it, the knowledge of its fundamentals is indispensable for you to have an expertise over cloud.
Cloud Deployment Models
Going into cloud, the most important thing you’ve to decide is what kind of cloud deployment model suits your business best. Before making any decision, take in consideration all the factors such as the type of data, security, needs of your organization, and resources (economical as well as manual).
Public Cloud: A multi-tenant fully virtualized environment where the data is stored and managed by the service provider.
Private Cloud: A single-enterprise focused fully virtualized environment where the data is managed and maintained by the client organization and not the service provider.
Community Cloud: A multi-organizational fully virtualized environment where the data is managed and maintained commonly by the participating organizations or by the service provider.
Hybrid Cloud: A mix of both, public and private cloud.
And if you can’t decide on one cloud deployment model, there’s also a fifth option -
Multi-cloud: A heterogeneous approach where multiple cloud types can be used by the client organization.
Cloud Service Models
Adhering to your business needs, you also need to decide on a cloud service model. While most organizations go with IaaS, it’s imperative that you consider all the three models and choose one which is most convenient for you.
Software as a Service (SaaS): Provides end users with software or application over the web.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): Provides developers a virtual platform to develop and manage software.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Provides organizations a cloud-based infrastructure with storage, servers and networking.
Cloud Support Services
For the flawless transition into cloud computing and afterwards its regular monitoring & maintenance, it’s advisable to consider the following services. At every level of shifting (to cloud), these services help immensely to make your cloud system a seamless, low cost and high performing one.
Cloud Strategy – At the start of the shift, take enough time to plan, analyze and strategies your move to correctly identify and deploy the right cloud services for your business.
Cloud Migration – The actual moving of data, applications or other business elements to cloud can be complicated. From the four types of cloud migration: lift and shift, shift to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), application refactoring, and replatforming, choose one which is quick and done with minimal service interruption.
Cloud Deployment – Enabling one of the three types of aforementioned cloud deployment models.
Cloud Security – You can secure your cloud by including firewalls, penetration testing, obfuscation, tokenization, and virtual private networks (VPN). Conducting regular security audits and deploying advanced intrusions detection systems also keeps the cloud safe.
Cloud Backup – Even on cloud backup is necessary. You’ve to develop a right backup strategy for your critical assets and data by designing the right retention schedules, testing frameworks and reports to make sure your data is safe, in case of a catastrophe.
Cloud Optimization – As cloud computing is ever-evolving, you’ve to systematically optimize your cloud services in terms of performance and cost.
Once you acquire the knowledge and formulate a right plan based on your cloud expertise, your shift or the next move to cloud becomes much easy. So, happy clouding!