Networking Without Server

The term serverless grew in popularity as Amazon first launched AWS Lambda in 2014. Since then it has grown in both usage and reference, as more and more retailers enter the market with their own solutions.

Serverless Computing is a computing code execution model where the developers are relieved of several time-consuming activities so that they can focus on other important tasks. This trend is also known as Function as a Service (FaaS) where the cloud vendor is responsible for starting and stopping a function’s container platform, check infrastructure security, reduce maintenance efforts, improve scalability, so on and so forth at low operational costs. The aim is to develop microservice oriented solutions to help decompose complex applications into small, easily manageable and exchangeable modules.

This brings us to the question – are there really ‘serverless’ computing services?

Of course, it is only logical that there should be servers in the background, but developers need not bother about the operation or provisioning of these servers; the entire server management is done by the cloud provider. Thus, the developer can devote more of his time to creating effective and innovative codes.

Here is how it works:

  1. Being serverless, the developers are relieved from the tension of server operation and maintenance and hence, can focus on the codes.
  2. The developer gets access to a framework with which he can create codes, which are adaptable for IoT applications as well, and that means handling the exodus of inputs and outputs. The cause and effect of the code will be reflected in the framework.
  3. It takes on the role of a service, by providing all requisites for a functioning application.

The upsides and downsides of serverless computingServerless computing has the following benefits:

It Saves Time and Overhead Costs

Many large companies like Coca- Cola and The Seattle Times are already leveraging the benefits of serverless computing to help trigger code in response to a series of pre-defined events. This helps them to manage their fleet of servers without the threat of overhead costs.

One of the main attractions of serverless computing is that it is a ‘pay as you use’ model. You just need to pay for the runtime of your function – the duration your code is executed and the number of times it’s been triggered. You don’t have to incur the cost of unutilized functions as seen in a cloud computing model where even ‘idle’ resources must be paid for.

Nanoservices takes Serverless Computing to a Whole New Level

Serverless architecture gives you the chance to work with several architectures including nano-services. It is these architectures that help you structure your serverless computing application. You can say that Nanoservices is the first architectural pattern because each functionality comes with its own API endpoint and its own separate function file.

Each of the API endpoints points to one function file that implements one CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete) functionality. It works in perfect correlation with microservices, another architecture of serverless computing, and enables auto scaling and load balancing. You no longer have to manually configure clusters and load balancers.

Enjoy an Event-based Compute Experience

Companies are always worried about infrastructure costs and provisioning of servers when their Functions call rate become very high. Serverless providers like Microsoft Azure are a perfect solution for situations like this as they aim to provide an event-based serverless compute experience to aid in faster app development.

It is event-driven, and developers no longer have to rely on the ops to test their code. They can quickly run, test and deploy their code without getting tangled in the traditional workflow.

Scaling as Per the Size of the Workload

Serverless Computing automatically scales your application. With each individual trigger, your code will run parallel to it, thereby reducing your workload and saving time in the process. When the code is not running, you don’t have to pay anything.

The charging takes place for every 100ms your code executes and for the number of times the code is triggered. This is a good thing because you no longer pay for an idle compute.

Developers can Quit Worrying about the Machinery the Code Runs on

The promise given to developers through IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)- one of the service models of cloud computing and serverless computing is that they can stop worrying about how many machines are needed at any given point of time, especially during peak hours, whether the machines are working optimally, whether all the security measures are offered and so on.

The software teams can forget about the hardware, concentrate on the task at hand and dramatically reduce costs. This is because they no longer have to worry about hardware capacity requirements nor make long-term server reservation contracts.

Downsides of serverless computing

Performance can be an issue.

The model itself means you’ll get greater latency in how the compute resources respond to the requirements of the applications. If performance is a requirement, it’s better instead to use allocated virtual servers.

Monitoring and debugging of serverless computing is also tricky.

The fact that you’re not using a single server resource makes both activities very difficult. (The good news is that tools will eventually arrive to better handle monitoring and debugging in serverless environments.)

You will be bound to your provider.

It’s often hard to make changes in the platform or switch providers without making application changes as well.

The serverless architecture is an innovative approach to deploying as well as writing an application that enables the developers to focus on code. This kind of approach can decrease time to market, system complexity and operational costs. While the third-party services like AWS Lambda are leveraged by AWS to eliminate the need to set up as well as configure virtual machines or physical servers, it also locks in the application as well as its architecture to the particular service provider. In the near future, more movement towards the unification of FaaS frameworks or APIs like IronFunctions can be expected. This will help to eliminate vendor lock-in and allow us to run serverless applications on various cloud providers or even on-premises

Data In Gaming Industry

Greater engagement of players is the key to increasing revenue and staying ahead of the competitors for every gaming company. Every click and player interaction with the game creates valuable data which is thoroughly analyzed by the gaming companies to ensure that players are continuously engaged and keep coming back for more.

As the gaming industry continues to grow and expand, the role of big data becomes more critical due to the accumulation of a large volume of data. Big Data takes into account every single interaction made by players with the game, storing a large volume of pure data ready to be analyzed. But the real challenge lies in making the best use of the collected data.

The global gaming industry is growing at a rapid pace each year and generating massive revenue. For this reason, the top gaming companies keep searching for new and unique ways of harnessing the best-in-class technologies to capture large portions of the market. Around 50 Tb of data per day is generated by more than 2 billion gamers in the world while around 150 Gb data per day is generated by social games. In such a scenario, the use of Big Data technology in the gaming industry doesn’t come as a surprise at all.

Gaming has become a key contributor to big data, and an effective BI system in the gaming industry allows companies to effectively arrive at conclusions regarding a gamers’ taste, levels of satisfaction, and spending patterns. This is achieved when the data collected from several external sources is analyzed against the stored historical data to provide a better gaming experience to players with uninterrupted play sessions.

Further, strategically implemented cloud-based services are proven to uniquely address all technological challenges faced by the gaming industry. Opting for cloud services from the leading cloud service providers in India is the best solution for companies that need terabyte-scale storage space and availability to the large volume of records for instant analysis at minimal long-term investment.

Understanding what drives each of the gamer segments to play for longer durations and keep coming back for more requires analyzing logs in combination with player data to identify common characteristics. This helps gaming companies improve their game and player experience on the basis of real player data feedback.

 

Tips To Solve Problems With Technology

Years ago people of one country had to communicate with another country through analog telephones, fax and hand-written letters which was time consuming. With the advent of much newer technologies, it is possible now to correspond with one another conveniently and happily. The article focuses on this aspect. So read on to find out.

Solving world problems involves people. And they can use the technologies of cell phone, email and Skype to correspond, hold conversations and come to an agreement or solution.

With cell phones you can share your opinions in short and let each other know your point of views on a topic. Later you can go on Skype, going in more details. You can pursue the follow-ups of your conversations through email.

You can add people in a group on Skype; so can you can form a group in an email account such as Gmail. You can add or delete people as you like. The main idea is to work with a team of people to solve world problems.

You need to make your email and Skype accounts secure with strong passwords so that nobody is able to hack them. Your phone calls should be confidential and if you are using Viber, its password needs to be secure as well.

You may want to keep separate accounts for the important team of people so that you do not juggle up the conversations with your other less involved friends. That way you can track where you left off with your team of people regarding a world problem issue.

United States, Europe, Asia and Africa all need to contact with each other to solve their problems. So it is imperative that you have your own schedule about when to communicate with others via online meetings. It is good to send pre-written emails to your team/group to gently remind them about upcoming virtual meetings via the certain technology.

It would be a good idea to bring all of the people involved in a certain place to hold views and conversations. But virtual meetings are much better to hold reducing the cost of expenditure for stay in hotels and flights and therefore, saving time and energy.

So I would suggest cell phone, Skype and email correspondence are the best technologies to communicate with one another, discussing views in a group and finally coming to a solution for a world problem after a round of several virtual meetings.

Tips To Invest In Digital Gadget

Do you invest in digital gadgets? This article shows 7 signs why you should. Read on to find out.

Here they are:

  1. You need something more handy to look for email updates

You don’t feel like logging into your laptop every time you want to check your emails. You need something more handy. Therefore, an iPad or TAB comes into the picture. They will be more handy to check email updates. So you decide to buy one of them or both.

  1. Your child did not understand what a TAB is at school

One day you find your child coming very curious from school. He asks you what a TAB is. He did not understand its meaning when his friends were discussing it at school and the loads of fun they had in it at home. So you decide to buy a TAB for your son so that he knows what it is like and can as well have fun using it.

  1. Your wife cannot kill time when she is at the parlor dyeing her hair

Your wife has to spend long hours at the parlor dyeing her hair. She has been through all the magazines there. Now she needs something more handy to fiddle with. She tells you her problem. Immediately the idea of buying her a smart phone comes to your mind.

  1. Your friends are bragging about all the digital gadgets they have and how easy their lives have become

You meet friends in a get-together party. All of a sudden they start talking about all their digital gadgets and they brag how convenient their lives have become. It is at this moment you decide to try using one or more of them by purchasing them.

  1. Smart phone, TAB, iPad, iPod – what’s the difference? You had better get hold of these gadgets. Simply invest!

You have come to hear of smart phones, TAB, iPad, iPod – you want to know more about them. What do you do? Simply invest in them and get the full knowledge.

  1. Someone picks at you directly for not having an iPad or TAB. They call you old-fashioned

When an old acquaintance comes to know that you use none of the modern digital gadgets, he, along with his friends, picks at you calling you old-fashioned. You immediately decide to start looking at the catalogues of digital gadgets in appropriate shops.

  1. A friend’s child asks you what went wrong with his iPad. You barely know what to do with such an odd situation

You have been to a friend’s party. His child comes to you asking why his iPad is not working any longer. You have no idea how to operate an iPad. You feel embarrassed in such an odd situation. You escape by putting the responsibility on somebody else. Then and there, you decide it’s high time for you to purchase digital gadgets.Summing up, these are 7 great signs that tell you that you should be investing in digital gadgets. Yes, this is the modern era and without these gadgets you are kind of lost. Now is the perfect time to start investing in them, if you haven’t already.

The Advantage Of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is quite a trending topic in modern technology with many businesses adopting its use in their daily operations while others are skeptical about its relevance in the workplace. Let me show you the various benefits of AI to the workplace and how it can make your business grow as well as save time and money.

Simplification Of The Recruitment Process

Human Resource Departments are faced with the task of hiring staff which is quite daunting, frustrating and equally expensive, with personnel having to shift through a large number jobs applications for a relatively few vacancies, but this scenario is gradually becoming a thing of the past with the use of machine intelligence i.e. Artificial intelligence.

AI reduces the stress related to the hiring process through the use of the following ways:

Interesting job descriptions are written by recruiters through the use software known as Textio. This augmented writing platform compiles various job postings and puts forward to consideration suitable content to encourage the submission of more applications from job seekers.

Candidates for various job vacancies can schedule their interviews, allowing them to choose a time must suitable for them and also provides a chance to reschedule. All these are possible through the use of the Montage software.

AI powered software such as Stella match suitable candidates to jobs through the tracking of experiences, credentials and qualities sought for by employers.

Removal Of Repetitive Tasks In Daily Business Operations

Scheduling, rescheduling and cancelling meetings are quite stressful to administrative staff but the use of tools such as X.ai helps by performing these tasks diligently.

Recording, transcribing and sharing notes during meetings are also tasks which can be handled by artificial intelligence.

Improvement In Handling Issues Related To Sales, Marketing and Customer Service

Chatbots are forms of artificial intelligence that can help with support outside the company.They gain experience from real sales and customer reps and use this to assist customers in purchasing goods and services. Questions regarding marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) can also be handled by GrowthBot through the mining of data, both of the public and the company.

The Identification Of Security Risks And Protection Of Data

Financial institutions such as banks apply AI based technology to point out security risks and protect data. Examples of software which make the use of Ai in such cases include Darktrace, Exabeam and SparkCognition.

Increased Productivity

With AI handling most of the mundane and repetitive tasks at the workplace, workers are free to channel their efforts to more important tasks thus increasing productivity.

Productivity could also be boosted and monitored by machine intelligence by helping them discover areas that have high labour costs and other obstacles to increased efficiency.

Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Humans In The Workplace?

With the above examples, some individuals might be tempted to think about losing their jobs to AI powered tools since most tasks in the workplace are getting automated gradually, but their fears are unfounded as human input is indispensable despite the presence of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence basically handles tasks which could affect productivity and allows workers to be action-oriented and gives them the chance to be more creative.

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Talking With Robots

Recently I visited a wholesale nursery where the planting operations had been taken over by robots. It saves time, money and helps with scarce labour resources.

In my industry, robo-solutions are becoming more popular too. You may have seen ads for providers of low-cost, automated investment advice called “robo-advisors.” They are main stream in the US and on their way to Australia.

Answer a few questions online, plug in your login information, and boom! You have an investment allocation according to your age and risk tolerance. For some investors, this is perfectly appropriate. Their situation may be fairly simple and they don’t need (or want to pay for) more complex or ongoing advice. The solution is OK for a small single-account portfolio.

But not all financial decisions can be made with if-then statements or rules that a computer program can follow. Life is hard to automate. Some months you take home less and spend more. Sometimes, things need repair or you go on a vacation. Perhaps a job changes, retirement plans change-and all of this impacts your savings, investment and retirement plan. It’s hard to imagine a website or app managing all of these scenarios because the issue is not purely numbers-it encompasses human behaviour, random chance and the hard numbers of cash flow and taxes.

On the other hand, some things are purely numbers. Take portfolio rebalancing, for example-it just makes sense to use technology to speed up the task of selling and buying when your investments drift out of balance from your target allocation. Yet even when the numbers are cut-and-dried, it helps to have a human touch to override the rules when necessary-for example, if certain investments are attractively priced, it might make sense to buy “on sale,” even if the allocation is not exact. A human manager ensures the outcome occurs as intended-and that it occurs at all. (Most individual investors do not rebalance. They don’t like selling off some winners and buy the losers, even if it is in line with their long-term goals!)

There is no question that automated apps and robo-solutions are huge drivers of innovation and cost-cutting in all industries, not just finance. It makes sense to use the best tools available for the job, like the nursery that can do the job better than a person. The same goes for your hard-earned money. Advisors should use the latest technology, but technology alone isn’t enough. A person is still needed to guide the operation, and provide advice to the “client” based on years of training and expertise.

I’ve seen several articles in industry magazines about the “robo threat” to advisors. But if an advisor’s only value is performing transactions that can be done by a bunch of ones and zeros, they are not earning their fee. Rather than seeing robo-solutions as a threat I see a huge advantage. We let humans do what humans are good at-connecting on a personal level, and using our expertise to help meet complex challenges.

Gadget That Make Your Life Better

Over the years technology has really grown and if asked almost all of us will answer that we love how much it has made our lives easier and more convenient. How? There are new home gadgets that are being invented from time-to-time and with these gadgets, one can easily accomplish various tasks within a short period of time. These gadgets can be used as appliances or with appliances, or for home and office services. Without further ado, here are some of the best home gadgets to check out and consider buying for use at home.

1. FoldiMate

One area that people hate when it comes to laundry and, I am sure a lot of people would agree with me, is the folding part. It is energy consuming and it takes a lot of time to fold your clothes and organize them in your closet. You no longer have to worry about that anymore as this magnificent gadget will do all the hard work for you. The device works like a robot and it folds your clothes and organizes them. One thing to note though is that the FoldiMate gadget does not fold some clothes like underwear, socks or even some large items like linens and bed sheets. However, this device can comfortably fold other items like – shirts, T-shirts, and trousers, among others, with ease and quite quickly too.

2. Sony VPLVW365ES Native 4K Home Theater Projector

If you want to transform your TV viewing so that you can get the best and brightest viewing then this is the right gadget for you. The projector gives a full 4K resolution thus guaranteeing you the best display and it also consists of various viewing modes including the cinema mode. The contrast rationing of the projector is high and it comes in different sizes. The device’s lamp life lasts for a long time and it is compatible with HDMI 2.

3. Teco Laundry Drying Hanger

If your home does not have a hanging line, or does not have any large space to install one then you don’t need to worry as the Teco laundry drying hanger is the right choice for you. The hangers work magic in eliminating water from your clothes and the fact that it hangs a bunch of clothes at once makes it convenient and easy to use. Note that this gadget is made to use with a particular weight of clothes and therefore, you need to make sure that you hang the right amount of clothes for better drying. Also, it may take a longer time to dry heavier clothes

4. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

This is the best hair drier on the market today since it can be used for any kind of hair. It is designed with an air measuring temperature gauge which is essential for reducing the amount of heat used on your hair to prevent extreme temperatures that harm the hair. This ensures that you dry your hair without damaging its natural oils. The other magnificent feature that makes this kind of drier stand out is its fast functioning ability. We all want a gadget that will make our lives easy and help us accomplish our tasks with ease. And this hair dryer is designed in a way that makes your work fast and easy. It has four heat settings which you have to select depending on the texture of your hair and the kind of service you want to accomplish. The hair drier has a long cord which allows you to reach out to a distant corner of the house with ease.

5. IKEA Heat Harvest

This is a unique invention that is made to be used in the form of furniture. Basically, it involves the use of heat harvested from the gadgets placed on a tabletop and then using the heat to empower other gadgets. Meaning, if you are using a laptop on top of a desk, the heat emitted by the laptop can be used for charging the phone. One thing to keep in mind though is that these heating furniture are not made using normal materials since they require the use of a material that is a good conductor of heat and at the same time a good resistant to heat to allow the thermostatic process to take place.

6. Sony AROMASTIC

We all need something that can awaken our senses when we feel down or we cannot concentrate. And Sony Aromastic is the right gadget to use. It designed in a small size so that you can easily slip it into your bag or a pocket. How does it work? This technology allows you to carry your favorite scent with you wherever you are going. The Aromastic is made for personal use since it does not diffuse in an area that is beyond your surroundings. Therefore, whether you are on a bus, or in a meeting, you can quickly grab your scent and smell it for sense arousal.

7. Amir 3-in-1 Camera Lens Kit

If you are prone to taking random pictures on the streets then this is the right smart device to buy. It works magically by taking pictures just like a real camera plus the best part is that it is compatible with a Smartphone for better capturing of images. The lens kit is packed with two different lenses which allow you to take small or even larger pictures. All you need to do is clip it on your smart device and you will be good to go.

8. Motion Detector

This is a great gadget for the safety of your home. It is designed in a way that it can easily detect and identify a trespasser who enters your house or apartment. It immediately notifies you when it detects there is someone unfamiliar in your house or compound.

Conclusion

Make your life easy and more comfortable by using the above home gadgets. They are easy to use plus can be used in various areas of your work or home.

How To Reach Out Technology To The Max

Ever wondered what technology really is and how many forms it can take. In fact, this article cites some examples of technology so that you get a concrete idea.

Here they are:

1. Programming Languages

Programming languages for instance Java, C, C++, C# and others help with coding in order to build software products which are in turn purchased by clients or other relevant companies for instance, for maintaining their IT assets.

Software products also come into the picture in the form of backend connected with front end where you get to input data and retrieve information from the relevant database. SQL or standard query language is the one we use for querying information but it is embedded in the system so that you do not have to do any hard work other than call up data from the backend to the front end interface on user input and/or button clicks.

As another instance, we can use notepads to store formatted information and apply data mining algorithms on these data to find some patterns which tell for example, whether the profit from last year in a shopping complex is more or less than that of this year and make a comparison and try to find patterns in customers’ preferences in purchasing stuff.

2. Electronic Gadgets

Apart from software, technology is more popular in the build up of electronic gadgets for example, smart phone, iPAD, TAB, iPOD and the list goes on. It is up to you to find out which is convenient for you and accordingly purchase it.

3. Means of Communication

In order to make our lives easier, almost everywhere in the world we can travel in buses, trains and airplanes which with time have become more luxurious, modernized and comfortable. We are also able to own cars and other vehicles of our own choice and they give us more security nowadays.

4. Books, eBooks and audio books

In this modern day, writing and publishing books have become so much easier that anybody who knows or trains himself how to write books in any niche or field of interest can finally publish and sell them on Amazon.

Following and abiding by the rules of Amazon, your book can be a bestseller and you feel encouraged to write more books. As you earn more fame, you can actually quit your day job and resort to selling books, by writing and publishing first.

EBooks, other than books in print, and audio books are also popular and you can create and sell them also.

Summing up, these four forms are bright examples of technology and it is up to you how you can take advantage of them.

Benefit of Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality uses the existing environment and overlays additional information on top of that.

If you are still unclear about what AR is, then all you have to do is go back and remember the time Pok√©mon Go took over the internet by storm. The game revolves around players catching digital monsters. Similarly, apps such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram offer users with filters which overlay animated images onto users’ faces.

You will now be wondering how this technology can reshape or transform our future. Augmented Reality could bring about a lot of changes and development to various industries. Let’s find out what they are.

Real Estate

We all dream of living in the perfectly designed house that boasts of our style and statement. With the augmented reality, that dream might just come true. AR uses interactive computer-generated images, which allows the buyers to envision the finished property while it is still under construction. The benefit of this technology in the real estate industry is that it can transform all 2D models such as blueprints and photos into 3D models for buyers to easily interact with.

Builders and real estate agents will find it convenient to display the properties with such an immersive experience. And not just that, interested buyers can also modify the colour, furniture, room sizes and more based on what they would want the completed design to look like. Envisioning your completed property with AR even before it is built is an advantageous marketing tool for selling a property.

Shopping

Online shopping is slowly taking over the traditional way of shopping. However, it is uncertainty that stops buyers from buying things online. AR making its way in the shopping industry could most definitely move potential buyers towards online shopping. With the growth of augmented reality at the store, customers can view products in a highly realistic manner in their preferred environment.

It will also become easier for marketers to share product catalogues with up-to-date information. Additionally, shopping experiences can be enhanced with AR glasses being available at every retail store or supermarket. These glasses will display all the pricing, design, and product specs to the buyers while shopping. Augmented Reality could definitely change the way people shop.

Travel

The travel industry is another sector that augmented reality could revolutionize. Although virtual reality has a bigger role to play in the travel industry, augmented reality could still be seen as huge change. AR-based applications on smartphones will help tourists and travellers check and find local tourists attractions nearby and translate boards and signs instantly into their native language.

Moreover, exploring and visiting local attractions, theme parks and zoos with augmented reality will help travellers have the most extraordinary trip. The technology will display 3D models of landmarks and take travellers back in time showing them the evolution brought with time. AR for the travel industry is not just about the fun factor, but also adds an educational element for the travellers.

Healthcare

While people are getting used to being transported into the world of 3D that does not really exist with Virtual Reality headsets, AR is already being used in the pharma and healthcare industry, to save lots of lives. However, that is not all. Augmented reality can be of major assistance to healthcare organizations in helping them perfect their existing processes. AR will provide surgeons with an in-depth knowledge of the risks involved with minimally invasive surgeries and help them perform effectively.

Surgeries earlier required different types of monitors which would display the patient’s vital statistics through an endoscopic camera. Leaving all these hassles behind, doctors can wear AR smart glasses which will display all the pertinent information while they are performing the surgery and helping them stay focused on the task at hand.

Education

Augmented reality in the educational sector could be a huge game-changer towards how children learn. The technology will provide students with immersive content that will help them understand the concepts. With the help of engaging 3D models, students can grasp complex information in an easier manner providing them with a wider understanding of topics.

In our dynamic day and age, museums and historical sites have incorporated AR features to their exhibits to stay at par with technology. This is a great way for people to explore and gain additional informative knowledge. AR is all about exploration, which eventually leads students towards learning and understanding. This is a win-win for both technology and the educational industry.

Conclusion:

There is no doubt that Augmented Reality will reshape more than just these five industries. As devices adapt to the new technology, the growth of Augmented Reality is exponentially huge. With so many positive advantages, AR could fundamentally change what it is to be human

All About Cloud Computing

The fastest growing SMBs have embraced the Cloud as a method to address four main IT Challenges:

  1. High capital costs;
  2. Skill shortage;
  3. Scalability as the business grows, and;
  4. Innovation as the business matures.

Results are positive. Surveys indicate that:

  • 53% of SMB’s using cloud technologies are more likely to experience a rise in revenue.
  • 85% of businesses believe the cloud-enabled their business to scale and grow faster.

Organizations are finding that Cloud computing provides immediate access to the tools needed to digitally transform their business and improve customer experience.Many businesses are still reluctant to make the move to the Cloud despite these advantages. The reluctance to migrate is particularly evident in Western Canada, where we’ve seen cloud adoption be approximately 25% less than the rest of Canada. So, what’s holding you back?

Security Exposure

Security is cited as the number one objection to Cloud for 49% of organizations (IDC 2017). Should you be concerned? The security investments made by the major Cloud providers is significant and has created cloud platforms in which security breaches, due to vendor error are rare. In fact, the Cloud has proven to be more secure than most non-cloud environments.

Network Response

A key detractor to cloud for customers in Western Canada is the worry that network connectivity will be insufficient to provide the type of response time and security that end users are accustomed to. With the major public Cloud providers located in Eastern Canada, it is understandable that network connectivity options should be well understood before proceeding. Several networking options exist to address the need for high bandwidth, security and connectivity to Cloud, including solutions based in Saskatchewan.

Service Availability

Service availability, including response time and user downtime, is a concern due to the perceived loss of control over the computing environment. To mitigate this concern, public Cloud vendors provide service levels for all their products with financial credits provided if they are not achieved. The robust engineering of the Cloud environment is such that high availability is consistently achieved. In a worst-case scenario, organizations can further protect critical applications by configuring them to automatically failover to alternate data centres should a Cloud data centre go offline.

Cloud Costs

There is a general perception that services in the Cloud are more expensive than in the non-Cloud environment. This is often raised when the comparison between Cloud and non-Cloud platforms does not accurately reflect all the costs that make up the non-Cloud infrastructure.

With all the non-Cloud costs in the table above considered, there’s an almost 50% reduction in support and maintenance costs when the Cloud is chosen. When doing a financial comparison or Cloud ROI, it’s also important to take into account the increased revenue that will take place as you drive your digital transformation results using Cloud services.

Getting Started

It can seem daunting when trying to decide how to get started. The best place to start often with consulting a trusted partner with experience in Cloud migrations. Cloud migration requires skill and experience; often organizations who tackle this transition by themselves find it difficult and time-consuming.

If you want to know how to get started but aren’t sure where to begin, reach out and let’s grab a coffee. We can discuss your particular needs and help define a path forward for your organization to embrace all that the Cloud has to offer.