CLOUD MODELS FOR STARTUPS
The future of business is startups. This high fueled customer centric entity is powerful and essential for the economy because it provides fresh ideas, innovation and services, break molds, fixes problems and empowers individuals to create the future. Startups can easily adapt to changes in the market or new technologies, which big companies don't have the agility to.
In today's scenario, small business owners must get what they need on time, anywhere, and on any device. Cloud computing gives them access to data just with the availability of the internet. Cloud computing can handle numerous business-related tasks with ease because it comprises of cloud storage, cloud backup, cloud hosting and other valuable services.
Cloud services that help businesses can be categorized into three groups:
● IaaS "Infrastructure as a Service"
● PaaS "Platform as a Service"
● SaaS "Software as a Service"
IaaS replaces hardware like in-house web hosting servers by providing virtual servers or virtual machines. Different workload needs in a business can be handled by a range of configurations by this service. Top players in this field are AWS "Amazon Web Services" and Microsoft Azure.
PaaS gives software developers access to cloud-based tools like APIs, gateway, or web portals. Services that offer such solutions are "Elastic Beanstalk" in AWS and "Google App Engine" in Google Cloud Platform.
SaaS gives users to access software over the internet on computers and mobile devices. Some well-known applications are Microsoft Office 365, Google workspace etc.
While Cloud computing is a convenient on-demand delivery of various IT resources and customers have the opportunity to access and release these highly customizable services, businesses must realize it is crucial to have a strong knowledge base on types of cloud computing with its pros and cons.
Depending on the location of the services and how they are deployed, they are classified into three types:
● Public Cloud
● Private Cloud
● Hybrid Cloud
Public Cloud refers to operating all businesses IT workloads to on-premises of a cloud vendor who offers shared pools of services to multiple users at a time. Trusted service providers are AWS, Microsoft Azure etc.
Requires fewer Costs
Saves Time & Labor
Allows to focus on core tasks
Completely maintained by service provider, pay per use model.
Vulnerable to cyber attacks if not using full potential of layered security.
Allows Generic features to all users
Allows for limited customization
Private Cloud refers to cloud computing services available via secured networks for individuals and businesses. This model can be hosted on-site or maintained by a third-party provider on their respective premises. Vendors providing this type are Amazon, IBM, CISCO etc.
Top notch security
High flexibility and scalability
Highly customizable services & visibility
Hard to maintain
Requires additional workforce
Hybrid Cloud refers to combination of private cloud and public cloud. This model has the data integrated into a unique environment and distributed between clouds, providing limitless opportunities for IT managers and more deployment options having their data protected and compliant. While the private cloud offers high security measures, the public cloud can help manage businesses apps like CRM, email to access data
Requires a tech savvy team
Difficult to set effective interactions between clouds.
To summarize, Startups can now decide which model would work well for them:
A Private cloud serves a single user effectively offering high scalable and secure solutions.
A Public cloud serves multiple users simultaneously offering optimized IT spends.
A Hybrid cloud provides solutions for businesses that need the benefits of private and public cloud.
Ataloud can help you in picking the ideal model that fits your business ecosystem. We are a digital tech service company focused on helping startups, SMB's and enterprises in their digital transformation journeys.
- Stephenson John (Cloud Sales Specialist, Ataloud Technologies)