Today, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is increasingly gaining popularity as a Public Cloud offering compared to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) because of its simple operations and lower costs. These days, most PaaS customers get locked-in because of the specialized OS or middleware features but for the customers looking for flexibility in working across multiple Cloud platforms and providers, a portable PaaS environment is a feasible choice.
Before we see how organizations can implement a portable PaaS model, let’s first see the primary reasons behind the adoption of PaaS services:
- Lesser costs of licensing and supporting because of the pre-installed OS and middleware.
- Streamlined Hybrid Cloud deployment with standardized application services.
- Improved application performance and functionality by creating a PaaS environment within the IaaS Cloud using the available web services.
How a portable PaaS model fairs across these three areas and how it moves within the various cloud and private environments is important but a single PaaS approach might not be enough to address this. Thus, enterprises need to prioritize their PaaS goals and combine different options to create the desired PaaS environment.
Here are the top 4 ways to achieve a Portable PaaS model:
Adopt Container Technology for Application Hosting: The container architectures share the Operating System, but the middleware and file system elements can be copied to each container to standardize the middleware across container images. This allows the creation of specialized container images for the application and the component which can then be moved across environments to be run on any container system hosted in Cloud or the Data Center. Read more
Cloud can be used for more than just dumping the data or keeping data backup. Because of its flexibility and scalability, it allows interactive access to first copy data. But, to do so, admins need to understand the requirements of their workloads and learn how they can modify their applications to take advantage of Cloud Storage.
When Cloud is used as a sole storage area, admins don’t need to invest in on-site data centers. The data is created, stored and archived in the Cloud which means lesser resource consumptions for power, cooling and floor space and improved efficiency.
Here are the top 3 Cloud use cases for Primary Storage:
Applications which may perform better when stored in Cloud than in Physical Data centers – These applications usually create their own data sets with the help of various sensors placed on the devices connected to the internet like security cameras, audio systems, etc. This kind of data is processed in the Cloud and thus it makes more sense to store the data in the Cloud itself as and when it is created instead of moving it later.
This use case works not only on the sensor data but also in situations where the application is executed on-premises but the database is stored in the Cloud like in Banks. This helps the users to retrieve the data without much delay.
Cloud Computing has been driving innovation in almost all sectors of the market and offers multiple perks. To leverage the power of Cloud Computing, businesses need to have a solid Cloud Strategy in place. But, with the number of options to choose from, admins usually have a hard time deciding which one to pick for their business and how much to invest in it.
Here are the top 5 tips to build a Cloud Computing Strategy for your business:
Select the right Cloud Type: It is one of the most important and confusing decisions when it comes to building a Cloud Computing strategy. Based on your budget and need, you need to carefully assess the pros and cons before selecting the right Cloud type for your business.
Evaluate your options: Earlier, Cloud Computing was adopted by SMBs for low-cost solutions. Now, many big companies are moving to Cloud to avail cost-cutting benefits. You need to see where you fit – it can be for IT support or to start a BYOD policy in your workplace or anything else. All you have to do is to consider your bandwidth needs and evaluate the reasons why you want to move to the Cloud.
Plan your budget: Storing important files on physical drives requires a fixed investment and so does the Cloud in terms of hiring the proper workforce. But, once the company has made a move to Cloud, the cost decreases gradually. You should plan your budget and invest in the size and type of Cloud that best fits your workload sizes and suits your pocket as well.