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Five Reasons to Shift to the Cloud

Posted 5.13.22 by
Tommy McShane
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In recent years, businesses of all sizes have been considering a shift to cloud computing. There are many reasons why this is taking place. The cloud offers many advantages over traditional on-premises infrastructure, including availability, scalability, and cost savings. In this blog, we will explore some of the key reasons why businesses are making the switch to the cloud. But first, let’s look at the cloud deployment model: a key component of cloud migration.

Cloud Deployment Models

A cloud deployment model is a method for managing your cloud resources, such as hosting providers and applications, as well as data stores. The three most popular cloud deployment models are public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds.

Public Cloud

A public cloud is a third-party-managed IT infrastructure. It’s an IT concept in which on-demand computing services and infrastructure are administered by a third party and shared amongst businesses using the public internet. Users may employ cloud computing service providers’ services, such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (Saas), instead of maintaining them on-site in their data centers.

However, the public cloud model has potential security issues. Here are some measures to mitigate risk;

  • Ensure that you have a good understanding of the service providers’ security practices and procedures.Utilize security features provided by the cloud service provider.Implement proper access control measures.

    Perform regular monitoring and logging of activities.

Private Cloud

A private cloud is a type of cloud computing infrastructure that is configured for single use by a specific organization, such as a business or government agency. Although there are distinctions between public and private cloud infrastructure in terms of access, the two are essentially identical on the inside. While the technical foundations are pretty comparable, the ownership is what distinguishes them. Unless you have been granted permission to access and use a private cloud’s resources, you will be unable to do so.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a combination of two or more clouds (private or public) that are bound together by standard or proprietary technology that allows data and application movement across them. The definition of a hybrid cloud can vary depending on who you ask. In general, it’s thought of as a way to combine the benefits of both private and public clouds.

For example, you might use a private cloud to keep sensitive data and applications within your organization. Additionally, you can decide to use a public cloud for less sensitive data and applications. This way, you get the security benefits of private cloud combined with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of public cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

A typical hybrid cloud scenario uses a public cloud provider for disaster recovery. In this case, an organization would run its primary workloads in a private cloud and then use a public cloud provider to replicate data and applications in case of failure. A hybrid cloud can provide the organization with greater confidence that its data and applications will be available in a disaster.

Another common hybrid cloud scenario uses a public cloud provider for development and testing. An organization would use a private cloud for its production environment and then a public cloud provider for development and testing. Here, the hybrid cloud provides the organization with greater flexibility and agility, as well as the ability to utilize the latest technologies from the public cloud provider.

In recent years, businesses of all sizes have been considering a shift to cloud computing. There are many reasons why this is taking place. The cloud offers many advantages over traditional on-premises infrastructure, including availability, scalability, and cost savings. In this blog, we will explore some of the key reasons why businesses are making the switch to the cloud. But first, let’s look at the cloud deployment model: a key component of cloud migration.

Cloud Deployment Models

A cloud deployment model is a method for managing your cloud resources, such as hosting providers and applications, as well as data stores. The three most popular cloud deployment models are public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds.

Public Cloud

A public cloud is a third-party-managed IT infrastructure. It’s an IT concept in which on-demand computing services and infrastructure are administered by a third party and shared amongst businesses using the public internet. Users may employ cloud computing service providers’ services, such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (Saas), instead of maintaining them on-site in their data centers.

However, the public cloud model has potential security issues. Here are some measures to mitigate risk;

  • Ensure that you have a good understanding of the service providers’ security practices and procedures.Utilize security features provided by the cloud service provider.Implement proper access control measures.

    Perform regular monitoring and logging of activities.

Private Cloud

A private cloud is a type of cloud computing infrastructure that is configured for single use by a specific organization, such as a business or government agency. Although there are distinctions between public and private cloud infrastructure in terms of access, the two are essentially identical on the inside. While the technical foundations are pretty comparable, the ownership is what distinguishes them. Unless you have been granted permission to access and use a private cloud’s resources, you will be unable to do so.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a combination of two or more clouds (private or public) that are bound together by standard or proprietary technology that allows data and application movement across them. The definition of a hybrid cloud can vary depending on who you ask. In general, it’s thought of as a way to combine the benefits of both private and public clouds.

For example, you might use a private cloud to keep sensitive data and applications within your organization. Additionally, you can decide to use a public cloud for less sensitive data and applications. This way, you get the security benefits of private cloud combined with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of public cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

A typical hybrid cloud scenario uses a public cloud provider for disaster recovery. In this case, an organization would run its primary workloads in a private cloud and then use a public cloud provider to replicate data and applications in case of failure. A hybrid cloud can provide the organization with greater confidence that its data and applications will be available in a disaster.

Another common hybrid cloud scenario uses a public cloud provider for development and testing. An organization would use a private cloud for its production environment and then a public cloud provider for development and testing. Here, the hybrid cloud provides the organization with greater flexibility and agility, as well as the ability to utilize the latest technologies from the public cloud provider.

If you are considering cloud, here are 5 reasons to shift to a cloud infrastructure.

 5 Reasons to Shift to a Cloud Infrastructure

Availability

The cloud is always available whenever you need it. It means that you can access your data and applications from anywhere in the world, at any time. All you need is an internet connection.

Scalability

One of the main reasons businesses are making the switch to cloud services is how scalable they are. With on-premises systems, expanding your business can be a huge undertaking. You need to factor in increased server loads, data storage, and maintenance. With cloud computing, all you need to do is add users and purchase more storage as your business grows. It can save you a lot of money and time in the long-run.

Cost-efficient

Another big benefit of cloud services is that they’re much more cost-effective than on-premises systems. With on-premises systems, you have to pay for things like servers, storage, and maintenance. But with cloud services, you only pay for what you use. This can save your business a lot of money in the long-run.

Security

Moving to the cloud can actually increase your security. With on-premises systems, you need to worry about things like power outages, hardware failures, and data breaches. But when you store your data in the cloud, it’s backed up and protected by the service provider. So if anything happens to your system, your data is safe and sound. Additionally, with cloud services, each user has their own login and password. Even if one account is hacked, the rest of your data will remain safe and secure.

Reduced Risk of Data Loss

Data loss is always a risk, whether you store your data on-premises or in the cloud. But the cloud provides an extra layer of protection. With on-premises systems, if your hardware fails or your building floods, there’s a good chance your data will be lost.

A Case for Migrating to the Cloud: Evans Distribution Systems

Recently, Evans Distribution Systems decided to migrate its on-premises infrastructure to Otava’s cloud platform. The company was motivated by a desire to improve agility, reduce costs, and increase security. This included development and test environments, as well as applications that didn’t require real-time access.

Bottom Line

There are many reasons why your organizations might want to migrate their workloads to the cloud. Some want to take advantage of the scalability, flexibility, and cost savings that the cloud offers. At Otava, we provide a number of different cloud solutions that can help organizations with their migration needs. Our team of certified engineers help organizations move their workloads to the cloud quickly and easily.

In addition to our comprehensive suite of cloud solutions, we also offer various value-added services that can help you make the most of your cloud investment. Our team can provide you with expert guidance on utilizing cloud resources for your specific needs best, and we have a 24/7/365 support team.

If you would like to learn more about our cloud solutions, contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

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