State-of-the-art technology at a low cost: this is the main characteristic presented by cloud computing technology, and which has led several companies to migrate their operations to the cloud, and has also provided the emergence of great entrepreneurial initiatives that have already included the use of computing in the cloud as an operational strategy, enabling success in a short time.

The amount of resources and tools offered by companies that provide this type of service, such as AWS, a pioneer in the use of cloud technology, has allowed a great boost to several companies in different sectors of the market. But it is worth noting that it is necessary to be aware of the planning and use of so many resources. To ensure that migration to the cloud is a worthwhile investment, it is necessary to draw up a good business plan that addresses the company's real needs regarding the use of technology.

But before you start getting worried about the investment costs, let's review some concepts regarding the cloud computing service that will serve as the basis for this article.

Some concepts to refresh your memory

Conceptually, cloud computing allows companies to make use of technology resources such as servers, data storage structure, use of software and several other resources without the need to make acquisitions.

And within the characteristics of cloud computing we have 3 main aspects:

  1. The management of technology resources carried out by the customers themselves, that is, service users have the ability to control products according to need.
  2. Companies can scale resources according to demand, in other words, it is possible to increase or decrease the use of infrastructure according to demand.
  3. Payment for the service will be based on use, considering the resources used and the workload applied.

In short, the management of resources used in the cloud is carried out by the customers themselves, who have the autonomy to allocate or withdraw equipment and services, as well as manage their characteristics, expanding attributes such as memory, processing, disk space, etc. In the end, the customer pays for the use and consumption of these resources.

This means that, yes, depending on the solution, your investment can be low, but on the other hand, it can also be high. So, how to use the full potential offered by cloud computing without compromising investments?

The answer is optimization, let's see important points to be successful in adopting the cloud in your business. This optimization can be applied before or after migration/adoption.

Review your solution architecture

Regardless of whether you are building your business or migrating, you should review the entire architecture to be used by your solution, considering aspects such as:

  • The types of servers that will be used, both at peak times (with a large number of transactions) and periods of low consumption. That's because resource allocation is your responsibility. It is possible to define the use of servers with high processing and memory resources that will be used in critical moments and go back to the minimum settings in low demand.
  • Review the anticipated scalability of the solution, similar to the type of servers. Check what kind of improvements should be made in your structure.
  • Evaluate, for example, if it is more worthwhile to include a new server with the same characteristics as the current one than to increase the processing power and memory through another server.
  • Identify what kind of security and high availability will be required to secure your solution. Everyone who adopts the cloud has incredible resources at their disposal that ensure high availability and security, but do you need all of these? These items are never too much, especially with the high connectivity of our customers, but assess the real need for so much resource.
  • Evaluate the amount of data to be passed through your structure. Depending on the type of solution, the volume of information can make the use of a cloud computing solution, such as video streaming, unfeasible. A large amount of data travels through the provider's network and a large storage structure will still be required. To solve the problem, you can limit the size of the files or use a hybrid structure, in which part of the application is in a public cloud and the other part is used in a private cloud.

These were some examples of what can be done to optimize investments in cloud computing. It takes a detailed work to assess the needs and objectives to be achieved. Anyway, it is worth noting that the adoption of cloud computing has proven to be an excellent option for companies in reducing costs and using high technology.

If you need help, Sky.One are available to offer the best guidance on optimizing your investments. Please contact us .

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.