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 computing market projected to reach $411 billion by 2020

The worldwide public cloud services market revenue is projected to grow 18.5 percent in 2017 to total $260.2 billion, up from $219.6 billion in 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

 

Gartner Report

Saas revenue in 2016 was far greater than what was expected, reaching $48.2 billion,” said the research director at Gartner. We have already crossed the 2017 forecast of Saas revenue with 2 months to spare. If this trend keeps on, by 2020 we are hoping to see a 100 billion revenue Saas(Cloud Application Services) market.

 

Of all the services, Cloud System Infrastructure Services(Iaas) is predicted to grow exponentially, 300% growth is expected by 2020. Iaas is expected to reach 45.8 billion by 2018, and 72.4 by 2020.

On the other hand, Cloud Business Process Services (BPaaS) is expected to grow the minimum forecasting only a 50%.

Taking into account the entire forecast period of 2016 – 2020, SaaS is on pace to attain 15.65% compound annual growth throughout the forecast period, also outpacing the total cloud market. The following graphic compares revenue growth by cloud services category for the years 2016 through 2020.

 

[Worldwide Public Cloud Services Revenue Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)]

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(Source: Gartner report[October 2017] )

Also Read: Top 5 Cloud Computing trends for 2018 

In terms of vendor share, Gartner expects 70 percent of public cloud services revenue to be dominated by the top 10 public cloud providers through 2021. “In the IaaS segment, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alibaba have already taken strong positions in the market,” said the research director at Gartner.

Sysfore, 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.

 

Achieving Application Portability with PaaS

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