Cloud in a time of crisis

The world is changing off late, pushing people to grow out of their routines and conducting everyday tasks. One of the significant transformations which every company has observed is that of employees working from home. Unfortunately, it means limitations also. Today, almost every organization employs various new technologies that include servers, software, and online services for efficient operation. Even if we have restricted access to them, are they safe?

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Let’s take a closer look at how to improve work in the company at a crisis time. 

Traditional Data Center

Large businesses and corporations often have their own data centers. This gives them apparent health and the impression of having complete control over IT issues. However, both the equipment and people who operate the data center are required to work correctly. Moreover, it is worth exploring a solution in cases where leaving home is impractical, allowing teams to perform our functions remotely. The continuity of data centers’ operations should be influenced by personal issues and the existing global situation. Accidents, defects in DC infrastructure, and natural disasters in severe cases can even cause interruptions in delivering services. It is almost impossible to gauge the affected time.

Shift towards robust servers using Infrastructure as a Service –

The definition IaaS substitutes for virtual machines instead of physical devices. Cloud provider server rooms are large clusters spread over a broad area, with thousands of servers interlinked with a network of multiple sources of electricity. It is natural to assume that IaaS will need a physical server to run, and it holds a significant probability of crashing as well. Yes, reasonably possible!

However, solutions from essential cloud services such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform are built to help you start and run services on a specific computer and enable seamless functioning in a system that manages virtualization runs into a failure. The cloud distinguishes your IaaS from the hardware. Here, every server room for each seller and each region means the same regardless of where and how the server hardware is kept.

With IaaS, it gets easy to restore the infrastructure in the matter of clicks virtually regardless of where the server is using the solution like HashiCorp Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, etc.

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You won’t need to worry about the data storage when you opt for the cloud as the Object storage for something like AWS S3 ensures 99.99% data durability, meaning your data stay safe no matter where you put it. Moreover, in different regions around the world, for example, Europe and Asia, you will be able to store the same files, further plummeting the chances of losing them due to a major disaster. As a result, it gets easy for you to get back to work and run the business as usual within a few hours without any additional expense, even if any hazardous scenario arrives. Cloud computing has a significant benefit over on-premises (traditional) solutions due to its versatility and durability that are impossible to find in the ideal solutions.

How to create applications?

All right, so we’re protected when it comes to infrastructure, so what about applications? Here, being a cloud service provider, ExpandForce services will help you with the solutions that will boost your business’ digital workings without interruptions even at the time of crisis by offering PaaS (Service Platform) and SaaS (Service Software).

Suppose you don’t have a data center or an administrator full-time. You host your app and use third-party services, which provide you with the appropriate runtime environment. Here’s where our services can make a difference by taking responsibility for server maintenance, system management, ongoing patching, and compliance. Our programmers run an application in such a prepared environment that performs certain business functions and helps you run a business that drives revenue even in crisis times.

Crisis Management through Platform as a Service –

In times of crisis, securing yourself as much as possible is crucial. If you’ve used a small company’s services so far, which usually fulfilled its obligations very well, you can’t be sure how the global crisis affects the quality of its services. You also don’t have to worry about choosing too few resources as the PaaS model solutions allow you to scale, so your app’s runtime environment can adjust to current traffic and expand or shrink as required. You don’t have to worry about updating the operating system, managing it, or complying with laws. It all boils down to the vendor’s responsibility in a shared responsibility model, and you remain responsible for your device and data. This is how you can instead focus on conducting business operations, thereby letting third-party cloud vendors like ExpandForce add value to your business in times of crisis.

Remember, even when you outsource it, the app is something that you still manage and having built on known frameworks and technologies like Node. JS, Django. NET, etc. it will keep running thanks to the maintenance. Applications generated in these technologies can be moved to another platform without any problem. Also, one can run it at any provider that provides its services with a runtime environment if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Moving the application to another platform won’t be a problem.

Provider’s App through Software as a Service –

Any app development can provide you with an application that works as standalone software to conduct business activities. SaaS is typically loaded over a web browser, or it is a software application wherein both – the logic and data are created by the developer. If you opt for the cloud, they’ll put your app data over a cloud without you needing to hire administrators, programmers, etc., to efficiently use the SaaS model apps.

For instance, take any internet storages services like OneDrive that allows you to use space. Similarly, many businesses often share public or VPN network resources, allowing multiple companies to use the same cloud services. Such services are one of the types of Windows network shares or also the FTP servers. However, such solutions have their perils as FTP is unsafe, and VPN-mounted Windows network resources can hamper the performance. This is becoming quite evident when most businesses adopted to operate remotely for their staff’s safety. With comprehensive data access management options, redundant vendor ties allow you to use company resources anywhere without compromising results.

Cloud is the only safe way forward in dire times, and the best part is that you can have the technology adapt to the business requirements. The possibilities are endless for using machine learning, big data, IoT solutions, and possible modern approaches to help your business come out as a champion on the other side of the crisis. Call us to learn more!

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