For our first webinar series, we decided to focus on a viable complementary technology for companies who are thinking of taking their on premise application to pure Cloud. A hybrid application that splits its functions on the Cloud and on premise is often the right fit for many organizations, given the context of their respective application. Our agenda also focused on mitigating the risks and worries of enterprises that depend on Microsoft technologies. We highlight the potency (in numbers) of the Cloud solutions offered by Microsoft.
The topics that were covered in the webinar are as follows:
- What are the Drivers to move to Cloud?
- Is Cloud really attractive?
- Security Challenges and Models to go Hybrid
- Scenarios for Enterprises & SMBs to consider Cloud
- Risks & Worries
The webinar began with a slight primer on the background of on-premise technology as a whole with a particular focus on the poor PUE of 5 generations of the technology and operational costs. Other important factors that were discussed are as follows:
- 40% of businesses with on-premise systems hit by a disaster never reopen and 25% of businesses close within two years
- The average lifespan of a data center is usually 9 years after which, the entire set-up must be updated
- 84% of data Centers have issues with power, space, and uptime that negatively affected business operations
- Cannot take part in Cloud workloads:
- Office Graph
- Updated UI
- Browser/device support
- IT cloud improvements are not available (min role)
- You do your backup & disaster recovery
While there area high number of disadvantages that come with an on-premise system, the pros of having an on-premise data center were also discussed. They are as follows:
- Full control of farm configuration
“I know best how many servers I need”
- Can customize everything
- Can index and modify all data
- 100% control over uptime and failover
But the benefits listed above fails to convince anyone to that a purely on-premise system is an option. There should be little debate that the public cloud is the eventual future for almost every organization in the world.
Drivers to move to Cloud:
The Cloud has dramatically changed how we view/use data centers. Cloud has eliminated the on-premise mandate of owning the infrastructure to the role of consuming infrastructure. Managing different platforms is also done for. Now we just manage services. Extending legacy applications is no more. We just modernize workloads when Cloud is involved.
The other factors that make Cloud attractive is as follows:
- Perfect platform for enterprises with rapid data growth (average - 40% YoY)
- Relatively low storage cost and infrastructure sprawl
- Simplified data protection and disaster recovery plans
- Everything provided as a service with SLA
- Big data, machine learning, and business intelligence
Moving an application to the Cloud is one the most important and financially liable decision that an enterprise can make today. The deployment options the application and the workloads involved should be carefully evaluated and it usually falls into the 4 following scenarios (Microsoft offered):
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Microsoft Azure
- Cloud OS Network
- Office 365
Different workloads and applications will logically lead to certain targets. Others could offer the possibility of migration to one or more of these destinations. The choice will be driven by factors such as speed and ease of migration, cost, and desired functionality in the migrated solution.
The hybrid-solution of on-premise and Cloud has two categories:
- On-site private and community Cloud
- Outsourced private and community Cloud
Value Proposition For Hybrid Solution:
1. More people prefer the hybrid solution
2.Cloud Search Application (hybrid crawl) might improve the TCO if you can kill some local search servers
3. Farm solutions might be cheaper compared to provider hosted apps
4. Cloud gets new workload first
Risks Involved With Hybrid:
- Multi-tenancy (Providers side)
- Security and Security Perimeters (Providers side)
- Human Factor
End Game: How To Pick The Right Solution For Your Application?
Governmental agencies and large companies with lots of regulations and LOB applications
SMB where infrastructure is more about internet access than hosting
For those happy with things as they are.
Suprej Venkat is a senior partner at Impiger technologies. His successful serial entrepreneurial ventures have yielded multiple technology companies all around the world. Suprej’s current focus is on marketing, sales, innovation, and product conceptualization at Impiger.
Chanakya Jayabalan is the chief architect of the Microsoft - Collaboration & Content team at Impiger Technologies. With nearly a decade of SharePoint experience helps clients build their best breed of collaboration platform on premise or on cloud to realize the true value of SharePoint.
Karthikeyan Sivasamy is the chief architect of the Microsoft Azure team at Impiger Technologies. With 10 years of experience in domains like finance, taxes, legal case management and a strong knowledge in web standards, he helps to architect and deploy secure applications in Windows Azure Platform.
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