Articles 13/10/2017

Three apparent advantages to deploy infrastructure in a public cloud

Cloud technologies are popular now. Sometimes companies of various scale and specifics make a choice to migrate their IT infrastructure to private or hybrid cloud IaaS. But sometimes this choice has been based on incomplete information. We’d like to tell about cases when some resources are better to migrate to a public cloud.

Cloud is a new trend

Making a choice is always hard for every people in most of the situation. In a case of enterprise infrastructure cloud migration, it is harder twice. The earlier business was skeptical about clouds and preferred traditional bare-metal servers inside of the company’s local data center or an outsource. But eventually, mistrust has been overpassed, and successful cases combined with experts’ reviews convinced the business: the cloud is a very right environment for corporate infrastructure.

First, becoming a cloud client, you will never again buy any hardware or software because those points regulate your cloud provider. You just pay for software licenses, infrastructure elements, and – if necessary – some additional services (for example, VPNaaS, Backup-aaS, etc.). You won’t pay for system administrations, and hardware amortization, and software updates or hardware upgrades.

Second, software ‘stuffing’ in a cloud, including information security tools, various apps, and utilities in general set and managed by a cloud provider. We mean SaaS – Software-as-s-Service, that very useful, convenient, necessary, and economic component of a public cloud for a client.

So, you already plan to migrate to the cloud. But what kind of cloud will be better for your enterprise? Private, public, or hybrid cloud – what same do you need? Let’s speak about the public cloud and cases when this kind of cloud architecture solution is more advantageous and efficient.


1st case: Test and development environment

Test and development of any project always have some risks, including info security. So, the development and testing environment needs to separate from the production environment. Ideally, you need a minimum of four independent and protected stages for cutting risks:

  • development (can have some branches, if your web app has multimodule structure);
  • testing, bugfix, and quality assurance;
  • a release candidate (pre-final version; can be used for hotfix and time-urgent changes or additions);
  • production.

However, many projects have two stages – for development and testing, and production. It is clear that the development environment has to be isolated and flexible to perform quick changes to adapt to developers and QA needs. A public cloud meets all these requirements fully due to its almost unlimited scalability, flexibility, and ability to adapt to almost any situation with a few mouse clicks. And when the project has been finished, all environment can either be significantly reduced or completely collapsed if the public cloud uses the pay-as-you-go model – when a customer pays only for the resource pool that he uses. We insist that protected and reliable public cloud is the best for test and development environment.

2nd case: Email server

It may sound unexpectedly, but your email server feels better in a public cloud, despite concerns of many users about safety and information security. According to Gartner’s review released in 2016, the number of organizations which use cloud email is growing rapidly.

Nowadays, email is just an app that can be easily located on IaaS provider’s SaaS platform, like Microsoft 365. Many people trust Microsoft, but MS 365 is a public cloud functionality.

It is a bitter pill of truth – your corporate IT experts or admins a long time do not anything essential with your local email server. But it needs regular upgrades, and increasing capacity, and high-level security measures implementing and maintaining, etc. These tasks cloud provider can successfully solve surely. And reliability, high uptime, availability to access anytime from anywhere, high scalability, improved disaster recovery system, and essential economy, in addition. You may be sure in privacy and security: all clients hosted in public clouds are totally isolated.

Yes, we insist that the public cloud is a great location to deploy email server.

3rd case: Infrastructure security system

Cybersecurity is the most critical task for current business. One of the most common arguments for moving corporate systems to the cloud is the use of powerful security tools offered by public cloud services.

Sure, all tools of infrastructure protection cannot be migrated to the cloud. However, such services and tools which are available to cloud migration can often significantly exceed the capabilities of deployment on local servers. For example, web and DNS security services hosted in the cloud have an indisputable advantage because they protect users everywhere, no matter which geographical location they use the Internet.

And this possibility gives us probably unlimited chance to stay online. Many people use Internet services through mobile applications, coming from various smart devices. International services of analytics and prevention of cyber threats is a vivid example of the fact that a public cloud can upgrade information security to a new level.

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Some words as a conclusion

No matter, where your servers are located – in your local corporate data center, or at home of outsourcing administrator, or you choose cloud solutions. Wherever your IT infrastructure deployed, it needs to be protected. Cloud IaaS has much more advantages comparing to other locations. And if you are ready to migrate your computing capacity to a private or hybrid cloud, think twice – it highly likely that public cloud can provide you the best solution. Public cloud can cut your costs, give scalability, and reduce some IT tasks in a whole. We believe that you can add to our list of three apparent advantages of deploying IT services in a public cloud more your variants.

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