Moving your company to the Cloud

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Written by Richard Kacerek October 11, 2016 | 5 minutes read

Cloud computing has been around for a while now, and we all use it, sometimes even without realising it.

We all use DropBox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Office, Xero, SalesForce and many other services like it. Those are services based on a decentralised platform - a cloud.

Scalability, flexibility and security are probably the essential features of any cloud service. Depends on how you look at it and what your company priorities are but cloud computing has something to offer for everyone.

The idea of Cloud Computing is relatively straightforward. Instead of having one physical server, you have access to an unlimited amount of virtual servers as you need. This methodology applies to storage and many other services too.

Let’s think about this. You are probably used to the idea of a single server, but the cloud is no longer only available to the big businesses. Even the smallest of companies can benefit significantly from using cloud services.

Amazon has been leading the way in Cloud Computing for years now and owns more than 80% of the cloud market. Amazon Web Services consists of many services that you might need. Databases, storage, computing, auto-scaling, security and much more.

Empire Elements completed the transition from an old fashioned server hosting to the cloud computing in late 2016. Looking at the adoption rate of cloud services, we are not the only SME to join the cloud.

Companies are adopting Cloud Services at an astonishing rate and for all the right reasons. There are plenty of benefits so let’s have a look at three most favourite.

Flexibility

If you want to deploy, run and scale your application, there is no better place than the cloud. Small businesses can tap the power of the cloud and deliver their products or services to a virtually unlimited number of users. This flexibility is called scaling.

Docker is a relative newcomer to the cloud, but its unique idea of packaging up your application and delivering it to many servers as needed is incredible. The perfect combination of new technology in the cloud.

Cloud flexibility can also be understood as a way that you can set up your architecture the way you want to. That is very true.

As your business grows, traffic increases and this puts a higher load on the server. At some point, it will be too much, and the server will fail - it’s unavoidable. But not with the cloud. Your website can enjoy high volume traffic for short or extended periods of time - while being stable. You can sleep at night knowing your website will not suddenly shut down!

Cost

There is no upfront cost needed, no lengthy contracts to sign. Just open your account, pick services you need and adopt a pay as you go model. You only pay for the services that you use.

You can also forget maintenance cost for software updates, licenses and planned downtime. With the cloud, those are things of past, new updates and upgrades are delivered automatically. It is also much easier to plan a migration to newer software versions.

Amazon Web Services is the cloud behemoth, with Microsoft and Google making their offerings there is a fierce competition. Take a look at all the options and services available.

Security

Amazon states that Cloud security is their top priority. There is a list of security features available to you and security is much easier to manage too. The cost is much lower than on-premises solutions.

Your company can meet compliance requirements while saving money and scaling your business quickly.

Future

Cloud computing is the next evolutionary step in web design and development. Every professional company or agency must have some knowledge of Cloud Computing Services, and you should take advantage of that. Cloud applies to everyone. From a small Wordpress website to an extensive enterprise application. Even governments use cloud platform. In the UK it is Gov.uk, Companies House and DVLA.

Innovation

With the cloud, you can set up your exact work pipeline and start focusing on innovation again, without having any restrictions. The resources usually spent on IT and maintenance can be applied to research and improving your business.

Cloud allows you also to adopt continuous delivery. Means of getting your application updated safely and quickly.

We picked Amazon Web Services as the platform of choice because of the relentless pace of innovation.

Smart and user centred architecture is improving productivity and helping to streamline your business. Would you like to create an innovative business web application for your customers or employees that come with some exciting features? Empire Elements can convert your wildest ideas into reality. Most of the internet based applications we’ve designed and built over the years started with just a thought.

When building custom web and mobile applications for our clients, we always construct the correct methodology. Development and Production environments, with cloud architecture, make to order we can deploy new updates to our client’s projects much faster than ever before.”

UPDATE July 2019

A lot of technology innovation is happening right now. Banking revolution with companies like Starling Bank and of course London Startup companies leading the way in Europe.

Cloud computing is enabling mobile app development companies like Empire Elements to be part of that innovation, to create without limits and scale up as necessary. Amazon Web services still dominates the cloud computing market with a lion’s share of 64% and the cloud computing market is growing at 17.5% each year, reaching $555bn by 2020.

Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are the other major contenders. But Alibaba (China) and SAP (German) take respectful fourth and fifth positions. Everyone seems to be getting on the cloud computing crazy train right now. And for a good reason, it is a very profitable and growing market.

If you need help with your cloud computing architecture project we have experience building exactly what your business needs. Migrating UK’s largest outsourced key holding company to Amazon Cloud helped the company to completely eliminate unexpected downtime, two years and counting! And a complete Cloud Architecture for A Perfect Job built from the ground up means automatic scaling for launch in 20 countries.

The business benefits of cloud computing are obvious.


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