CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES OVERVIEW
At the start of 2017, “more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud” (Gartner). In 2011, Gartner reported that just over 20 percent of organizations had started to combine their very own on-premise solutions with a private/public cloud provider to store their customer data. So within the last several years, the amount of companies that are using cloud technologies to store their important customer data has more than doubled.
It is evident that today’s companies are more comfortable with the cloud than ever before. Organizations are increasingly relying on the cloud for hosting their enterprise level applications. Data is following a similar path, as data security in the cloud is becoming less of a concern.
THE BENEFITS OF CLOUD SERVICES
It’s hard to overstate the attractiveness of cloud services. They reduce the need for housing and managing infrastructure, and help save money by avoiding expensive hardware upgrades and on-premise solution costs. Utilizing on-premise solutions is often times an extremely expensive endeavor for a company to undertake and maintain, boosting the appeal of transitioning to the cloud.
TODAY’S MOST PROMINENT CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES
There are several excellent cloud solutions available today that can help a company manage its data. Our top two recommendations are:
Microsoft Azure: Azure is a collection of cloud services, including Compute, Storage, Database, and Networking. There are close to 50 individual offerings in the Azure platform. The cloud solution is based on Windows, so application development can be done in the same languages used for building Windows applications (Visual Basic, C#, C++, T-SQL, and more). Additionally, users can create applications using familiar Windows technologies like Visual Studio.
Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services): Amazon was the pioneer of cloud storage and the industry’s original player. AWS launched in 2006 and currently contains over 70 cloud offerings, encompassing Compute, Storage, Database, Developer Tools, Network and Content Delivery, Security, Analytics, and Mobile Services. The cloud solution competes directly with Azure, and the two products are the premier solutions in the market.
WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT
- AWS has more product offerings
- Since the beginning, AWS has been more friendly towards open source clients, whereas Azure is more attractive for existing Microsoft shops (this is actually changing, as Azure is trying to make itself more attractive to open source clients)
- Azure development tools are the customary Microsoft SQL/Developer tools like Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, and more
- Microsoft rounds up usage charges to the minute, while AWS rounds up to the hour
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MOVING APPLICATIONS OR DATABASES TO THE CLOUD?
Are you interested in moving applications or databases to the cloud? Do you have questions about Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS? We can help you and your organization discover which cloud solution would be the most productive towards your goals. We can also custom tailor your solution to best fit your needs and objectives.