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Cloud solutions put an end to the traditional capital-intensive infrastructure and applications costs. Cloud solutions provide a scalable, flexible future, giving you the efficient, agile and innovative platform you need to become a digital business.
Moving to the cloud is a commercial, technical and strategic decision. Instead of building and managing your own hardware and software, it is provided for you “as a service” and accessed over a network. You are effectively outsourcing your computing services.
Each type and model of cloud has benefits and the occasional drawback. But which cloud is right for you?
How Acora can help
Acora can help select the right cloud for you
Cloud is probably the answer to your question. But which cloud? For which applications? How will you access it? How will it integrate with your other platforms? What is the backup plan? What are your security plans? What do you want to manage? How do you plan to migrate to the cloud?
The journey towards cloud adoption is not always a simple one. We can work with you to put together a customised roadmap that maximises value to your organisation. We understand how different cloud services work and we can help you make the right decision.
There are three options to select from:
Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services. It provides software, platform and infrastructure ‘As a service’ and supports multiple programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.
Ideal for: organisations with standard, mass access, non-critical applications requiring flexibility.
- Deploy anywhere with your choice of tools
- Build your apps, your way
- Connect on-premises data and apps
- Typically pay per use model
- Flexible, reliable, scalable and cost-effective
Predictable and cost-effective but built and managed specifically for each customer. Our private cloud solution provides all the cloud benefits but with a security focus giving our clients full control of their information and services. We use our experience, methodology and technology to plan, migrate and manage applications into their cloud.
Ideal for: organisations where security and control are of prime concern or who have business-critical applications.
- Highly secure environment
- Customised to the organisation
- Opex commercial model
- Requires in house expertise
- Scalability and flexibility
The reality is that most companies will have a set of applications, sites, security and existing investments meaning that a hybrid model will be required. That will often extend to multiple public and private clouds woven together through sites and datacentres as part of an IT infrastructure model. Hybrid cloud lets you select the best of both worlds case by case.
Ideal for: organisations with IT legacy, scale, complexity or history and new lines of business.
- Application and site-specific cloud selection
- Maximises current investment
- Mixed vendor provides best of breed
- Enables cloud adoption at sensible speed
Key features of our cloud support
Cloud solutions can empower organisations to create efficient, agile, cost effective IT platforms. But the cloud needs to be personalised to work for you. The cloud doesn’t run itself. Your users still need support. Your cloud needs to be maintained. Your cloud needs to be enhanced. You need to migrate from one model to the cloud.
Acora can help support you in four ways:
Design your cloud
We can help you select and design the right cloud solution. We start by understanding your existing IT model and develop a cloud strategy with you.
- Which are the right applications to move to the cloud?
- Which cloud is the right one and how much cloud do you really need?
- What are the security, regulatory or compliance issues for you to consider?
- What should be your diversity/back-up plan?
- How do you plan to secure your cloud?
Connect to your cloud
We can help you decide how to connect to the cloud. Your applications now need to be accessed by your users and customers remotely in the cloud.
- Internet, dedicated capacity or private cloud provider specific connections?
- How much capacity is needed?
- Will your existing network be enough?
- What is your back-up plan?
- What is the plan for interoperability between on-premise and cloud environments?
Migrate to your cloud
We can help you migrate your applications to the cloud. With the correct design, we move onto planning and supporting your migration to the cloud.
- Which applications to move first?
- Redesign and optimise before migration?
- Parallel working required?
- Test plan model design?
- Use of migration software?
Manage your cloud
We can help you decide how to manage your cloud platform. The cloud doesn’t run itself. Your users still need support. Your cloud needs to be maintained and enhanced.
- How do you want to maintain your cloud?
- How do you plan to manage upgrades/patches/maintenance etc?
- How will you support database migration and then administration?
- How will you manage and monitor the platform and application performance 24/7?
- Do you have the time, skills and knowledge it to manage it yourself?
We are cloud design, connection, migration and management experts
Embracing the cloud can be more challenging than you may first think. If you don’t have the time, skills or knowledge then work with a partner who has done it all before. A partner who can help you realise the full benefits of the cloud and has a proven methodology to manoeuvre you successfully through the challenges.
Through Acora we found a partner who could not only design and build our cloud platform in Azure, but also provide ongoing support of our environment. We now have a fully scalable, modern IT platform which enables us to focus on achieving further international expansion.
Global CIO, Frank Recruitment Group
The detailed but smooth transition made us think: not only had we made the right decision, but what other Acora solutions could work for us going forward.
IT Director, Osborne Clarke
Acora’s in-depth knowledge and implementation methodology impressed us, as well as their ability to help us shape our new solution as our relationship progresses. Ultimately, we wanted an experienced partner who had the technical ability to integrate systems and streamline processes.
Managing Director, OATS Ltd
What are the different types of cloud services?
At a high-level (not including IaaS, PaaS or SaaS etc) there are three different types of cloud services. Public, private and hybrid.
The public cloud is defined as a computing service offered by third-party providers over the public internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them.
The private cloud is defined as computing services offered either over the Internet or a private internal network. Also called an internal or corporate cloud, private cloud computing gives businesses many of the benefits of a public cloud, including self-service, scalability and elasticity, with the additional control and customisation available from dedicated resources over a computing infrastructure hosted on premises.
A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines a public cloud and a private cloud by with data and applications shared between them. When computing and processing demand fluctuates, hybrid cloud computing gives businesses the ability to seamlessly scale their on-premises infrastructure up to the public cloud to handle any overflow.
What are cloud services used for?
Cloud services are used to run programmes, applications and services through the internet. It offers more flexibility and scalability for businesses and reduces the need to spend a large chunk of their budget on on-premise servers. Cloud is often used to create a robust IT infrastructure (Infrastructure as a Service), on which business programmes and applications run. This type of service is usually provided and managed by a third-party provider. Reducing the need for businesses to patch, maintain and manage their own servers. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is another popular option for businesses, it’s the same principle but offers more control for internal IT teams.
How do you use cloud services?
Cloud services for businesses are often used in the same way as you use the cloud in everyday life. For example, on your phone you can upload your photos to your cloud account. This enables you to back them up, access them from multiple devices anywhere you have an internet connection. It’s essentially the same for businesses. With the cloud you can login to your business software from multiple devices, save documents and share them with colleagues.
What is the most popular cloud service?
The public cloud is often the most popular. There are numerous organisations with a public cloud offering, we would recommend looking at Azure. Cloud services are provided through partners and third parties. For organisations who have compliance and regulatory requirements, or for those who want more control over their cloud service – the private cloud is a good option.
How do cloud services work?
Servers are still used to store data, but they’re managed/owned by a third party. Essentially businesses rent the cloud space they need from them. It means you can access applications and programmes over the Internet, making it more flexible than an on-premise solution.
Can data be lost in the cloud?
In extreme circumstances, yes. Without a robust business continuity plan in place data can be lost. However, this can be avoided when companies have the right range of backup, replication and recovery plans in place. By using a combination of real time replication and failover to mirrored systems, internal IT teams can provide almost instant access to your business systems in the event of a catastrophic failure. Many cloud providers provide this service for you.
What is the advantage of cloud storage over local storage?
The advantage of cloud storage over local storage for businesses is reduced cost, flexibility, OPEX rather than CAPEX, scalability and collaborative working. On-premise servers cost money to buy and maintain and can often cause headaches for internal IT teams. The cloud enables employees to login to their business software from multiple devices and share documents with colleagues and with the cloud, businesses only tend to pay for the storage they need, making it easily scalable.
What are the benefits of cloud computing / cloud storage?
There are many benefits of cloud computing, but the most common benefits are cost savings, flexibility, scalability, collaborative and remote working.
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