As experts for made-to-measure industrial software, we are increasingly developing cloud-compatible solutions. But we also retrofit legacy software to meet the requirements of cloud computing. So here’s some guidance for anyone who’s looking to make their IT backend fit for the cloud.
Hard facts about hardware
Servers cost money to run. You’ll need to keep adding servers as your IT backend grows in size and complexity. Server hosting and administration can become expensive – especially if the facility needs to be state-of-the-art in terms of availability, support and security. Data centres also typically offer rigid portfolios and their conventional formats are also relatively inflexible. In an environment with fast-paced markets and swelling streams of data, this can put a brake on your business, because a DC is often incapable of scaling to match the tempo and the elasticity required.
Looked at from the perspective of economic crises and uncertainty, the cloud is also to be recommended as a cost-effective alternative.
Cloud: the virtue of being virtual
Seen in this light, the cloud offers significant advantages in terms of cost, flexibility, response time and efficiency. We’ve summarised the most important of these for you from the perspective of DevOps.
Platform as a Service
Want to be a flexible and cost-effective market player? The tools you need are in the cloud. The cloud’s working principle enables you and us alike to supply the resources needed by your IT systems as ‘building blocks’: we simply adjust your applications and IT systems quickly and cost-effectively to match the current situation in the market. And we can offer you a wide range of tried-and-tested cloud services to do so.
- Reserve cloud services at the touch of a button
- Pay only for resources that are actually used
- Exact adjustment of resources to current load curves
- Huge selection of proven global cloud services
Containers instead of operating systems
The cloud replaces physical containers with virtual ones. Virtual containers do not need an operating system, however, that has to be deployed, monitored and maintained in addition to the application. Instead, the cloud executes individual software packages in containers that function rather like little virtual machines. Everything that the code needs at runtime is included here: libraries, configuration files, utility programs and much more besides. This effectively makes containers self-sufficient, letting them act independently of their environment – which is optimal for cloud computing.
- No additional effort for operating system maintenance
- Compatible with any kind of system environment
- Continuous integration and continuous delivery
Data security in the cloud
Backing data up to the cloud is as simple as it is secure. Here’s an example based on AWS. By using the backup console, data from an application can be stored centrally as an automated process, and – depending on requirements – either as
- hybrid, or
From databases to documents or file systems – the Storage Gateway automates and supports storage tasks that previously needed to be set up by hand for each individual service, while also making the creation of individual user-defined scripts and other manual processes unnecessary.
The policies for data storage can also be configured individually in line with legal requirements or business rules, and can be routinely checked for conformity. This means that data compliance for the application owner is ensured at any point in time – from the encryption of data and its transmission pathways to data traffic monitoring and final archiving of the data.
- Centralisation. Letting you keep tabs on all of your application data.
- Automation. Helping to reduce manual effort for data protection work.
- Legal security (e.g. EU GDPR). Keeping your data compliant.
Summary and outlook
Professional software needs to be given a home that is suitable, secure and future-proof. Since conventional data centres are becoming obsolete in the face of new market developments, we recommend a move to the cloud. The cloud not only offers business critical applications a future-proof environment, but also an infrastructure that can be tailored exactly to the needs of each and every application. Just as it should be for made-to-measure solutions – which is what we as a software company are all about. We look forward to making your application fit for the cloud.