The Cloud, Efficiency & Innovation

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Most people now agree that the cloud has become a core element of any enterprise’s technology strategy, and Innovo Networks provides cloud services to help businesses make right technology decisions. Indeed, in the past few years we have seen the conversation around cloud adoption move from “if” to “when” and “how.” It is, in short, a fact of life.

Nevertheless, it remains one of the most disruptive changes in computing in years, and it is worth reviewing what makes the cloud so compelling to enterprise IT. Its value proposition is many-faceted, ranging from significant cost savings over a traditional datacenter approach to the ability to quickly build robust, resilient applications that can scale up as traffic spikes, and scale down as it recedes.

Economics

In cloud computing, enterprises pay for what they use, much as they would a telecom provider. If demand decreases and you no longer need capacity, you can turn off systems and you are not charged. This simple model stands in stark contrast to the traditional model of enterprise computing, which is a capital-intensive function, requiring expensive data-centers, electricity, air conditioning, servers, networks, storage, and 24/7 operations staff. For most companies, maintaining a large IT presence in this model implies large capital expenditures and a nontrivial amount of accounting and record-keeping to track depreciation, tax considerations, and so forth. Moreover, when you purchase the hardware and the software, they become yours in every sense of the word. Operations staffs are responsible for hardware swaps, networks, backups, updates for operating systems, and upgrades to the system software and applications. The traditional model is a “capital expense” model. Innovo Networks provides recommendations for improving application performance and solving customer challenges.

The cloud, being subscription-based, is an operating expense model. In the cloud, computing becomes a service for which customers are billed a monthly charge. Like other such services, it is metered by usage. The more compute, network, and storage resources that you use, the higher will be your bill. Of course the reverse is also true: the less you use, the less you are charged. Indeed, most IT organizations find wide variations in system utilization: some applications (for example, retail, shopping) are seasonal; other applications (for example, training applications) run for a short period of time before being shut down; others are simply unpredictable.

Perhaps most important, the cloud is not an “either/or” proposition. It is certainly possible, and indeed in many cases desirable, to leave some applications running in a local, traditional datacenter while others are migrated to the cloud. Innovo Networks takes the confusion, hassle & doubt out of getting the right communications technology into your business.  Providers such as Microsoft have made huge investments in this hybrid cloud model that securely connects applications in the cloud to those remaining in a customer’s datacenter.

Daily efficiencies

After there is an on-demand computing service available, all sorts of other efficiencies become possible. For example, systems devoted to development and application testing often constitute a large cost area for IT departments, yet in the end do not actually provide any direct value to end users. Developers and testers can quickly allocate cloud-based resources, use them for their work, and then free them up when done. Similarly, with the vast, capacious amounts of cheap storage available, data backup to the cloud, and across multiple geographies if desired, becomes a straightforward and inexpensive function. Azure allows businesses to host websites on a secure cloud server that is managed by Microsoft and backed by their up-time guarantees through Innovo Networks.

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