Are you thinking of going to the Cloud?
02.03.2018 | Jan Walldén
Have you thought about transferring your existing software and applications to the Cloud, but are still hesitating? Many companies are open to cloud services in principle, but stick to the existing ways and hosting solutions in practice. There may be several reasons for this, such as security and other risks and uncertainty of the costs and benefits.
ADVANCED DATA SECURITY
Regarding data security, the fact that the service is in the internal network behind the firewall does not provide any additional protection to the service these days. In addition, running your own servers involves physical security challenges. Security is a multidimensional issue, the hosting solution being just one part of it. The security of cloud services has usually been developed with much larger investments than any single organization is capable of, both in terms of IT and physically. The weakest link determines the overall level of security. So, the security of your own terminal devices, for example, needs to be evaluated with the same accuracy. For cloud services that are designed for businesses, you can choose which continent to store your own data. For example, Amazon’s cloud service centers are located in Ireland and Germany. You should find out if some specific provisions apply to your data – should the data remain in Finland or it is enough if it stays in the EU? Connection from cloud services to terminal devices is always encrypted.
SIGNIFICANT COST BENEFITS
Migrating old applications to a scalable, modern and secure cloud environment can achieve significant cost benefits. There is no need to predict the future capacity needs because the production capacity of the applications can be scaled automatically according to the load. Then you will only pay for the actual capacity utilization. Monthly billing also eliminates the need for significant initial investments that are considerable in an own hosting solution. The cloud also helps you to focus on the parts of your business that create the most value, instead of activities outside your core business. The need for own staff to maintain the servers disappears.
In addition to cost-effectiveness and flexibility, cloud services also offer other significant benefits such as mobility, fault tolerance, service return, and big data / AI and other new development opportunities. Mobility means that the service can be accessed from anywhere and the use is not restricted to the corporate network. Fault tolerance of the cloud services is excellent because the availability of the service does not depend on a single physical server. If a server crashes, a new one starts automatically and replaces the failure immediately. If a physical server crashes or breaks down, it is also possible that some or all of the data will be lost. Restoring data from the cloud service’s backups is a very straightforward and quick process compared to traditional hosting solutions. The benefits of cloud services are not limited to the immediately available ones listed above, but cloud services also enable new benefits interesting for the future of the company, such as easier analysis and exploitation of data collected by services, for example in machine learning applications and other external services.
If you are interested in migrating to the cloud, please feel free to contact us. We will analyze your existing environment and applications, and propose a suitable cloud solution for them.