Each company’s needs are unique. Some prioritize cost-effectiveness, others focus on security or optimizing operational activity. The way businesses use cloud solutions depends on the industry, the size of the business, the strategy, the org chart and even the limitations of local laws.
For example, a bank cannot place all of its systems in the cloud. The demands towards security are very high when it comes to private banking data. However, banks are allowed to deploy certain types of data and systems in the cloud, such as the website or a corporate university, as long as they are not connected to the data base that holds their clients’ data.
In other words, you don’t have to deploy all systems and apps in the cloud; you can use the cloud platform for certain services. Let us consider a couple of public cloud use-cases.
Use-case 1: backup storage
Storing backups in the cloud is one of the simplest and most common use-cases for the cloud. It’s highly recommended that you store reserve copies on a remote platform so that failures in your main infrastructure don’t affect the backups. The optimal solution is to store the data in a certified data center where data is transferred using protected channels and the backups are protected by hardware-based encryption. If this has been agreed upon, the provider will assist you with recovering data from the remote platform.
Use-case 2: reserve platform
Organizing a redundant infrastructure on-premises can get very expensive and time-consuming. Instead of building your own cluster, use the cloud solution to organize a reserve platform. If the main infrastructure happens to fail, the services on the platform will continue to work. This solution is used by small and medium businesses, as well as large enterprises.
Use-case 3: platform for peak loads
If your business experiences seasonal traffic surges or if the periods of high and low traffic fluctuate, the cloud can be used to deploy systems that are used for heavy seasonal workloads. This kind of solution can be considered a hybrid cloud. There are tools for integrating local and cloud apps on the market that will make this type of infrastructure more effective.
Use-case 4: environment for urgent projects
Companies with branching org charts have dedicated development teams. The resource audit before the start of the project must consider all factors, including the computing power necessary for deploying the product. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to accurately predict the actual load on the infrastructure. If another department is expecting an application and there aren’t enough resources on the local infrastructure, the cloud is a simple and quick solution.
Use-case 5: full infrastructure migration
This scenario allows the company to reap all the advantages of business cloud infrastructure. Full migration is a difficult and costly process, which is why some providers transfer the client’s systems themselves. The specialists organize the migration in such a way that the business processes remain unaffected and the infrastructure is optimized.