By Anna Ivanova
Why install software on local computers or servers when you can lease remote servers with great flexibility and cost savings and use software over the internet via a web browser?
More and more organisations, including large corporations, utilise cloud deployment to a greater or lesser degree. Some of them benefit from the public cloud and share servers that they do not have to maintain. Public cloud is inexpensive to move to, as hardware, application and bandwidth costs are covered by a cloud provider. In addition, a public cloud provides you with exceptional economies of scale and you only pay for the resources actually used.
Some organisations prefer to maintain their own data centers, employ IT staff and store business data behind a company firewall, and set up their own private cloud. Believe it or not, public cloud can deliver better security than private cloud, as constant attacks from hackers necessitates the implementation of robust defenses, whereas private cloud users often have a false sense of security.
To have the best of both worlds, many organisations choose hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is an excellent solution for organisations that want to manage some data and applications in-house, and move everything else to the public cloud. For example, an organisation's infrastructure and applications can coexist with a cloud-based budgeting and forecasting solution like IBM Planning Analytics and its essential documentation tool QUBEdocs. Using Planning Analytics and QUBEdocs in cloud will deliver numerous benefits such as:
- improved speed and cost savings
- reduced IT maintenance hosting costs
- data center redundancy with robust data recovery
- 'pay as you go' expenses
If you have already invested in your applications and want to put them in the cloud, it can be arranged in just five steps:
- Determine the kind of cloud that best suits the nature of data and security requirements
- Decide how the applications will be migrated
- Establish the environment
- Perform trial migration
- Complete the transition
The ease of the above steps will obvioulsy be determined by the size and complexity of your applications, but worth considering for the benefits that cloud deployments can bring.
If you'd like more information on the benefits or process of moving your applications to the cloud, contact Steven Gill at [email protected] or on 0421 566 219.
More information on QUBEdocs Cloud can be found on our partner page.