Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computing resources over the Internet.
With it, you can prepare infrastructures within minutes via the internet and use them without the need for on-premise set-up or maintenance.

What are its Benefits?

As the majority of companies are moving towards cloud computing, it is no surprise that it can offer a lot of value to your own business as well.

Let’s take a look at a few of those potential benefits:
1

Agility and time to value

Cloud computing lets you spin up resources in minutes without the need for administrators to previously install resources.
Additionally, the timeline for concept to prototype is shortened by using a variety of available cloud computing and storage services such as Data lakes, Data Analytics tools, machine learning, and IoT.
2

Performance and elasticity

Cloud service providers can help you accomplish tasks in a more efficient and elastic way. Thus, mitigating the conflict between performance and resources.
With it, you can scale up if you want more performance or scale down quickly to save your cost with ease.
3

Cost

Being able to scale resources up and down with ease allows you to reduce cost overall. Which means that you only pay for the resources that you actually need.
As an added benefit, the lack of a need for hardware and its maintenance will further reduce your costs.
4

Security

Cloud service providers, or CSPs, offer various services that strengthen your security, helping you achieve your data security goals while protecting your infrastructure from threats.
As another layer of defense, data redundancy in cloud computing prevents you from losing your data.
5

Global scale

Cloud computing lets you scale your projects globally within minutes due to the highly available nature of data centers distributed across the globe. Which means you can reach every corner of the world with minimum latency easier than ever.
6

Cloud-first strategy

Most of the CSPs tend to bring their updates and new services to the cloud first which allows cloud users to implement them earlier than others.
This can help you maintain an edge over your business competitors as your business will be able to use a variety of services in the cloud while your competitors wait for on-premise implementation.

Understanding the Different Models of Cloud Services

There are four different types of cloud service models. Each type provides different levels of control, process visibility, and management so that you can select the right set of services for your needs.

These four types are:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS is the basic model in which access to IT Infrastructures, such as servers, databases, storage, and networking features, is provided.
With it, you have the highest level of flexibility, management and control over your resources.
However, it is worth noting that the service providers will be the ones to manage hardware failover and maintenance. Further, most of the service providers utilize a ‘pay-as-you-go’ payment model for these services.

Platform as a Service ( PaaS)

In this model, there’s an increased focus on your data and application development as opposed to the allocation and management of underlying infrastructure.
This helps you be more efficient as you don’t need to worry about resource procurement, capacity planning, software maintenance, patching, or any of the other undifferentiated heavy-lifting tasks involved in running your application.

Serverless Computing

Similar to the PaaS model, in terms of increased focus on the design and development of your application, serverless computing provides a scalable and event-driven architecture.
Within it, your application code will run on a per-request basis only and scale the supporting infrastructure automatically in response to the number of requests.
In this way, you will pay only for the time your application is running.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS provides you with the complete set of software that is hosted and managed by the service provider though accessed via the internet.
Generally, SaaS services are most commonly used on a ‘Pay-Per-Service’ basis or as part of a monthly or annual subscription.
Please note, the service provider is responsible for software maintenance, security and management.

Choosing the Correct Deployment Infrastructure for Your Application

Deployment of your application or infrastructure in cloud computing depends on your current infrastructure and plan.
To help, let’s look at three of the most common types of deployment models:

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Public Cloud

In the public cloud, the infrastructures are owned and managed by cloud service providers. They provide services ranging from Software as a Service to hardware.
Though, with public cloud models it is important to remember that the data-center and network are shared with the owner and other end-users.

To illustrate the popularity of the model, a few of the more widely used cloud service providers are Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Private Cloud

In the private cloud, the infrastructure is used exclusively by a single business or organization. Though, it can either be hosted on the company’s on-site data center or by a third-party service provider. However, the infrastructures and services are maintained in an isolated private network. That being the case, many companies choose to use private clouds to work on compliance-sensitive workloads.

Hybrid Cloud

A Hybrid Cloud is the combination of the public and private cloud. It provides the elasticity and flexibility of the public cloud alongside the extra security and compliance of the private cloud. To facilitate the interchange between the two, the private and public cloud are bound by technology that securely shares the data across both.

If a hybrid model better suits your business, our experts can help you build your enterprise data warehouse with Data Vault 2.0 which is flexible enough to fit with each type of cloud deployment model.

Choosing Cloud Service Models And Managing Deployment

When looking to choose a suitable model, most companies adopt the hybrid service model according to their use cases. Though, it is important to note that choosing a model should be based on your business’ own use cases so that you can fully benefit from cloud computing. Furthermore, the choice of deployment model will affect the services you can utilize in cloud computing.

Though, if you’re uncertain which model will benefit your project, our team can use their expertise to find the right model for you!

Cloud Data Warehouse

The growing complexity and volume of data has been a challenge for many companies to overcome within their own on-premise data warehouse. Moreover, their systems often do not provide the performance, scalability, and flexibility their business needs.
To address these challenges, modern Cloud Service Providers provide many tools and solutions to build data warehouse structures within the cloud.
This makes the cloud data warehouse flexible and able to scale in minutes while ensuring the cost of ownership stays low. Furthermore, the cloud data warehouse can also be combined with existing on-premise data warehouses for a hybrid solution.

To get the benefits of cloud clouding by migrating your data warehouse fully or partially in the cloud, we can automate your migration process. Get more information about data warehouse automation from our Data Warehouse automation with Wherespace page!

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