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Top 4 Must Have Advantages of Public Cloud

Top 4 Must Have Advantages of Public Cloud

Choosing which Cloud will best serve your organisation is an important discussion. Recently, Claremont and Timico joined to offer a webinar on two often overlooked factors: licensing and support. Joining with Claremont, we had the opportunity to talk about this most important consideration of Cloud migration. Alongside Jonathan Stewart, Delivery Director at Claremont, we gave an honest reflection of the pros and cons of each Cloud offering.

You can find a full recording of the Webinar here.

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The Cloud is Growing

There’s been significant growth – in 2018 Cloud made up nearly 50% of IT spend, this is predicted to grow to 60-70% by 2020. Microsoft are reducing development of new features in the on-premise versions of their traditional server products, focusing instead on maximising the functionality of the Cloud based versions.  With this level of investment and commitment, the Cloud is fast becoming a staple of IT proficiency. It is a vital requirement to keeping pace with modern business demands.

What is the Public Cloud?

In direct contrast to the Private Cloud, the Public Cloud has a range of physical infrastructure and services owned and operated by the public cloud provider. This solution can provide many benefits. So, here are the top 4 must have advantages of Public Cloud:

1. Scalability in the Public Cloud

What is often called ‘elastic computing’ is an essential benefit of the Public Cloud for your business. This gives the ability to scale-up or scale-out workloads and servers very easily and quickly – this is beneficial as it allows you to respond to the demands of your users/customer requirements fast whilst minimising costs.

An example could be a retail application. As we approach Christmas, most retailers experience a significant spike in business – it’s imperative there is the ability to scale out on demand to meet performance requirements, controlling your costs by making sure they scale back down once the demand peak falls off.

2. Rapid Deployment in the Public Cloud

Efficiency is a benefit to every business. With the Public Cloud, the speed you can deploy services is greatly increased. We use scripted, prebuilt templates to deploy complex solutions in a rapid, repeatable way. We typically refer to this as “infrastructure as code”.

An example is Azure Building Blocks, which simplifies scripted deployment of services by using sets of simple parameters to build out complex infrastructure without having to create large numbers of complex template scripts.

Serverless apps such as Azure Functions make for even faster deployment, as they don’t need a server to run on. With serverless apps, a developer simply uploads their code as a function which can then be tested and deployed within minutes. A further benefit is that you only pay per execution, so you’re not paying for an ongoing service 24/7. Also, zero administration is required, because there is no need to maintain an underlying server OS.

3. Availability and Performance in Public Cloud

For any SME, providing a highly available infrastructure becomes costly quickly. Looking at Exchange as an example, to provide a highly available exchange environment on premise with the minimum configuration needed for high availability effectively doubles the cost of the exchange environment. Whereas if you’re running in Exchange Online, high availability is built into service. Equally, with infrastructure services running in Azure, the ability to provide high availability is easy to provide across not just data centres but entire global regions if required.

4. Dynamic Pricing in Public Cloud

Importantly, you pay for what you use. Making sure you only consume the resource you need is a key consideration of Cloud. By being alert to opportunities to reduce cost, Public Cloud allows you to align your infrastructure, so when you’re not using a resource, it deprovisions and scales back to a minimum specification.

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Mark Steen

Principal Cloud Architect

Nov 20, 2018

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