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How to outpace your competition in 2017: 3 cloud solutions

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With the ongoing developments to technology and the rigorous pricing strategies of service providers – 2017 really will be an important year in competitive advantage.

If you try and link together all of the high frequency technologies: IoT, data analytics, big data – they are all bolstered by great cloud solutions.

These cloud solutions allow employees to achieve more, and companies to increase agility and capability.

What’s the problem?

Well, there really are so many options around different cloud solutions, that prioritising is a difficult task.

Hence the need to ensure a committed discovery process to any IT project, here’s the approach we follow:

data solutions journey

So in view of this, and its every growing popularity, we have carved 3 areas that we think will provide enormous value to companies who look to lead their industries.

Here are 3 great cloud solutions:

1. VDI and Citrix: one of the greatest workspace cloud solutions

VDI and Citrix have together become one of the forefronts of workspace improvements in the past few years.

Its popularity is partly due to the ways it can be deployed and approached.

As such, here are 4 core subjects to consider which you are assessing this cloud solution.

Cost management

Determining the costs of running a VDI infrastructure on-premises can be a full time job.

Therefore, the cost of deploying the host servers is just the start and does not take into account matter like storage, power, space, and ongoing support.

In addition, the granular taxonomy and reporting within Azure then allows for ongoing cost management.

DIY or managed by Citrix?

Secondly, the idea of surrendering control of a VDI infrastructure stack and only being responsible for configuration can be intimidating.

With that said, deploying VDI infrastructure as an IaaS solution or even as a hybrid solution could help prove the potential as well as identify cost saving opportunities.

Service Flexibility

Whilst a direct lift-and-shift approach into the cloud may not realise significant cost savings, these can be kept under control by powering servers on and off based on usage, load, and peak times, paying only for Azure resources consumed.

Consequently, the ability to provide services without the need to build out new infrastructure in local datacentres can also be considered.

Want to hear more? Join our VDI & Citrix roundtables >

VDI CITRIX roundtable

2. Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Hybrid Cloud solutions are becoming the overwhelming method that companies of all sizes can capitalise on for their performance requirements.

We tend to hear three key areas of topic discussions, the comprise of:

Security – Information security and networking

A common cloud myth is that the cloud is not secure.

Not exploring this misconception can stop cloud strategies in their tracks. In reality, the cloud is extremely secure, more so than most company-owned or CoLo datacentres – both physically and logically.

Application Suitability – IaaS vs PaaS

Relinquishing control of an entire application stack and only being responsible for the code itself can be a daunting prospect, not to mention the potential redevelopment effort required to fully realise PaaS solutions.

Yet the deployment of applications as IaaS solutions could help prove the potential for cloud as well as provide cost savings.

Operational Management Processes

Where does the cloud solutions providers’ responsibility end and yours begin? How does this relate to endpoint security and patching of IaaS and PaaS offerings?

Adapting processes to cater for rapidly deployable cloud solutions is vital to fully experiencing the benefits of the cloud.

Want to hear more? Join our Hybrid Cloud Solutions roundtables >

Hybrid Cloud Rountable

3. Risk Modelling

Modelling everywhere

We have seen the reliance of business critical processes on solutions as fragile as Excel. While they provide incredible benefits, the need to keep these processes reliable and to increase efficiency has ‘cloud’ written all over it.

As a result, the use of foundational engineering has become an essential pre-requisite of any cloud migration – Azure included.

Use cases

While this use of cloud solutions covers an enormous ray of issues, here are three incredibly relevant use cases:

  • On demand “scale up & out” for Grid platforms
  • Building performance and security into your Excel modelling
  • Automation & Infrastructure as Code.

Want to hear more? Join our Risk Modelling roundtables >

Risk Modelling Roundtable

Summary: cloud solutions are only getting better

The cloud is the guiding light under which all current processes are measured and assessed against.

It has shaken up the dogma ridden worlds of VDI, private cloud and risk models – and you can guarantee there is more to come.

Let us know which of the cloud solutions is your favourite below. Should you wish to learn more, download this guide on discovering the capabilities of excel ⇓

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Written by Jake Chody | Marketing Manager, RedPixie | Follow Jake on Twitter | See his LinkedIn Profile

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