Use Cloud Computing to Transform your Startup into Tomorrow’s Mid-Market Powerhouse

Startups are launched around the world every minute and have goals of making it to the mid-market by daybreak. In an extremely competitive marketplace, to reach the mid-market, a great value proposition alone wouldn’t be enough. These startups also need to control business expenses by improving their operational efficiencies.

High growth businesses around the world are already utilizing cloud-based infrastructure to extract operational efficiencies and cost savings. Startups are no exceptions, and leading startups in India are keenly aware of this reality, with examples of organizations such as Ola & Flipkart, who have been taking advantage of new age cloud platform like Azure for quite a while now.

Recently at the largest technology conference of the country, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of new and promising startups, innovations from deep learning AI bots to spectral satellite connected data analytics engine to estimate crop performance were present. VCs were very welcoming to these ideas although they were hesitant to give them investments because of their IT operations. Scalability of the enterprise operation has caused them an arm and a leg. For a new business to compete in the market, it has become inevitable for them to migrate to the cloud.

James Steven, Vice President, and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research were quoted in an article by searchcloudcomputing, as saying: “First and foremost, startups that offer software or online services have to prove their business model works in the cloud before they are likely to get any venture capital funding these days”.

Migration to the cloud makes it easier for startups to set up operations with exceptional IT capabilities and greater agility than traditional IT models. With its inherent cost benefits and limitless IT possibilities, cloud arms startups with optimal operational potential to compete in the marketplaces.

Cloud computing allows you to accelerate your innovation. Build simple to complex projects with an easy-to-use and consistent portal experience that offers the cloud services you need most.

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For startups, there are various other benefits as well:


Immense scalability- This is one of the most valuable and predominant features of cloud computing for startups. Through scalability, you can scale up your data storage capacity or scale it down to meet the demands of your growing business. This feature enables you to accommodate larger workloads without disruption or complete transformation of existing infrastructure.

Minimal Investment – When it comes to cost benefits, Azure and AWS provide reserved instance on their servers which enables them to access cloud services at a rate as low as data center providers.Know more about reserved instances on cloud. Apart from cost-cutting, there are more solution, cost-effectiveness, and savings which can be achieved with cloud computing technology.

Undivided Attention- -For any company whether startup or MNC it is important to focus on core job. If you have a great idea and want to cap it, then worrying about underlying infrastructure or platform should be your last priority. Cloud computing takes care of the underlying framework and lets you work seamlessly and at scale.

 

In the present day, there are umpteen cloud service partners and technologies for every architecture that you might imagine. If you still haven’t haven’t chosen a cloud service partner – this article is for you.  A cloud service partner can help you in managing your cloud infrastructure, refactoring and re-architecting your application, providing database solutions, managing and configuring the networks, security and much more. Cloud services are becoming increasingly desirable for companies because they offer advantages in terms of cost, scalability, and accessibility.

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner and certified AWS partner offer highly tailored managed services to supplement your internal IT support resources and skills to meet the demanding SLAs required by your business. Based on the different levels of abstractions in the services and your requirements, we can identify what suits your business the most. 

Startups need to be scalable, flexible and agile to grow rapidly with limited investment in capital, labor or land. Following are a few different cloud models startups can choose from.

 

IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS) is a low-level solution, similar to a Linux Ubuntu server with nothing installed on it. IaaS provides a virtual computing infrastructure that startups can use to access their infrastructure remotely via an internet connection.

IaaS is an ideal choice for startups that want to:

  • Back up virtual machines or server databases & logs to the cloud.
  • Extend On-Premise networks to the cloud and back-up data.
  • Host business-critical applications with little to no downtime.

Benefits of IaaS:

  • Eliminates all purchasing costs, fees, and maintenance charges associated with hardware.
  • Offered as a pay-as-you-go service, saving businesses a ton of money.
  • Can be scaled up and down quickly in response to an enterprise’s requirements.
  • Provides a consolidated disaster recovery infrastructure, reducing costs and increasing manageability.
Sysfore’s solutions for one of the early stage technology startups has led to a 72% increase in productivity and a 150% reduction in time required earlier.

PaaS

Platform as a Service(PaaS) PaaS refers to cloud platforms that provide runtime environments for developing, testing, and managing applications. Software developers can deploy applications – ranging from simple to sophisticated – without needing to configure or operate typical IT development & execution infrastructure such as — servers, databases, operating systems, development tools. Therefore, PaaS is the most suitable choice for software development companies.

Paas is an ideal choice for startups that want to:

  • Reduce the time taken for the development of applications.
  • Run multiple programming languages.
  • Enable collaboration of remote and distributed teams.

Benefits of PaaS:

  • Simplifies the process of application deployment, management, and scaling, allowing for increased developer productivity
  • Improved infrastructure utilization, that removes unnecessary human configuration tasks by providing self-service interfaces.
  • Eliminates the need for time-consuming configuration tasks, by accessing a user-friendly “plug-and-play” interface
At Sysfore, we have helped our clients reduce the turnaround time of information gathering from 6 hours to 30 minutes, which in-turn accelerated decision-making across the organization and reinvent swiftly in case of changing market conditions.  

Adopting cloud computing can be an effective tool for startup companies to manage costs. With no upfront costs and scalable as per the needs of the start-up, migrating to the cloud seems like a promising option to help enhance a  startup’s growth. But understanding what your business needs is also important. Book a free expert consultation to include cloud in your IT planning.

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Sysfore is a Gold Microsoft Azure and AWS partner with 8+ years of cloud consulting and managed service expertise. We have the privilege of executing the largest data center migration projects in India and have engaged with over 100+ customers on their cloud journey.

Cloud Migration: Are You Cloud Ready?

A cloud adoption assessment will help your enterprise determine whether the organization is ready for cloud, type of cloud, cost estimate and the areas that need the most attention to successfully adopt cloud.

The result of the assessment will provide your organization with pros and cons to support a business case – cloud migration.

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Cultural readiness

An important measure while considering a migration to the cloud is the acceptance of cloud among your organization’s staff. Due to the proliferation of cloud use in our everyday lives, personally and in business, acceptance generally has increased.

‘Cloud’ and ‘digital’ have become widely used words, but mean different things to different people. Do your stakeholder priorities align with the benefits your project should bring?
 

Needs assessment

Mapping the needs and wants of directors, heads of service and other stakeholders into an assessment (in relation to cloud) enables you to plan exemplars and use cases that are the best fit for cloud. Showing value early is a great way for organizations to buy into the benefits and so identifying services which are ‘quick wins’ will certainly help your cause.

This process also identifies the areas of the organization that don’t see the relevance of cloud.

Disseminate the digital vision clearly to heads of service and other stakeholders. In parallel, seek to understand their goals and priorities and relate those to characteristics of cloud
 

Technical readiness

A detailed assessment of the business’ ICT landscape should be carried out because your ICT landscape would be a mix of applications, operating systems and hardware versions. A methodical approach and a mix of the right tools and expertise is required to assess the ICT estate

The assessment should look into the networks, servers and applications against a range of cloud options to identify incompatibilities and other gaps which will need to be remedied if the systems are migration candidates

Before thinking about adopting cloud, legacy systems should also be checked to ensure they will work effectively with your chosen cloud provider. If it is discovered too late that they are not compatible, the implications on cost and time could be dramatic.
 

Budgetary readiness

Cloud is a rental model. This could be a change in the way your organization funds projects, these rental commitments must be understood by finance directors. For cloud adoption to succeed long term, it must be able to demonstrate an improvement in cost control and financial forecasting.

A comparison of the enterprise’s current ICT spending alongside the projected cloud deployment and service expense can give the business insights on the most cost-beneficial plan.

Transformational projects are investments, there must be acceptance of the necessity for investing to save and investing to focus on the organizational mission.
 

Resource readiness

Can you realistically achieve your goals on time, using your existing resources?

Understanding your current commitments is key to knowing if you can also balance the demands of cloud migration project. If there is a time pressure it is unlikely that internal teams will succeed in balancing business-as-usual commitments against the burden of cloud-related training, planning and execution.  

Choosing a credible and reliable service provider can help you in this situation and add value to the organization.

The cloud readiness assessment is as much about philosophical readiness as much as system readiness. Open minds to cloud technology, and you open up possibilities.

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.

Azure Cosmos DB: NoSQL capabilities

NoSQL is an approach to database design that can accommodate a wide variety of data models, including key-value, document, columnar and graph formats.

NoSQL, which stands for “not only SQL,” is an alternative to traditional relational databases in which data is placed in tables and data schema is carefully designed before the database is built.

Microsoft Azure provides a fully managed NoSQL database service built for fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development.

 

Source: Microsoft

 

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.