The last decade has been a wild ride for data center infrastructure. This era saw an upswing in on-demand computing resources, resulting in many more options available for your IT needs. Among these new options is choosing between an on-premise (in-house) model for your IT and dev needs, outsourcing, or the NerdCloud (cloud computing) model. We will be discussing which of these solutions might suit you best in this article. But first, let’s take a look at how cloud computing differentiates itself from the on-premise model.
On-premise hosting means that a company keeps all its data and servers in-house. It's responsible for running them at any time of day or night and involves housing all the IT infrastructure locally instead of sending it across networking connections from afar. On-premise was traditionally how most companies hosted their architecture back when cloud computing wasn't available. However, cloud computing made this approach obsolete as it introduced new benefits and challenges alike in its wake. The old way wasn't going anywhere fast either with people being stubbornly resistant or unable—due largely to lack of understanding—to adapt accordingly.
The same fate seems inevitable when considering software development: In house teams still have a lot going for them, but can also be slow to go from idea to execution. A team of in-house professionals is fully responsible for developing all tasks on their own project management system, typically Jira or Asana; and is fully responsible for all the backlog. Luckily the industry is slowly shifting its point of view and more companies are considering outsourcing their IT needs.
The cloud presents itself as a pillar of business-forward thinking. The model minimizes overhead by allowing businesses access to computing resources without having to worry about unexpected hardware failure, power consumption, floor space, and other such concerns. The idea is that you can start small and scale up as required, removing the need to maintain perfect uptime at all times.
Cloud hosting is now well-established as the go-to architecture for hosting modern-day apps. This type of infrastructure is flexible and scalable, which allows your business to rapidly create new products without worrying about technical issues getting in the way or bogging you down. The cloud also provides a common pool of data center resources so developers can share their ideas and personal development work directly and securely through virtual cloud servers. That means less time wasted on reinventing the wheel, more time spent evolving the project itself.
With so many different types and categories of clouds, it's hard for any one person or organization not only to understand them all but also know how best to use each type in their specific business operations - which leads us back to our original question: what exactly does "cloud" mean? The short answer would be anything stored on servers outside your physical location (whether those assets reside locally as well). However, three major types of cloud computing distinguish themselves by offering unique services.
The public cloud is likely the most popular form of cloud computing today, with giants like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine (GCE) leading the charge. Their primary advantage is their market reach; simply put, more people use them than any other type of cloud computing. More users also mean more vulnerabilities and security risks to keep track of when it comes to your data.
The primary advantages in using a public cloud provider can be boiled down to:
A private cloud is one that's kept in-house, on a local server. It's also fully manageable by the company responsible for it, with full authority over not just who has access to certain features but also when and how data is stored. The same benefits of freedom apply here as they do in a public cloud, but without all the downsides.
Security is still an issue to consider in a private cloud environment, but being able to manage everything yourself makes it that much easier. For instance, you can set up your security protocols right down to how and when data is stored on your network.
While most people don't see a lot of immediate benefits to using a hybrid cloud, it provides many advantages over public and private clouds alike. The biggest one is the ability to use multiple providers at once, giving you access to all types of services from different vendors that would normally be incompatible with each other. Combining these separate services into a single, fluid system takes a lot of time and effort, but it can be well worth the investment if you have deep pockets. Like public cloud providers, hybrid cloud providers also specialize in offering highly scalable services that can expand with your business needs - only they do so without limiting you to a specific type of technology.
The biggest problem with a hybrid cloud is that it's complex to set up and maintain; not everyone has the ability (or patience) to make such a system work as seamlessly as possible.
The three most popular cloud computing services are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. They all have different benefits but they do offer some features in common such as:
The partner uses their own project management system and the internal team has no access to it, so they can't see which tasks are in-pipeline or how development is progressing. An experienced IT outsourcing company can offer you a full suite of IT services so you don't have to worry about scalability or ensuring availability. They take care of your entire stack, leaving you with more time to focus on running your business. As a result, your business can innovate with a reduced risk of failure due to an IT support company's expertise and experience with the process.
An outsourcing company will have data centers spread across geographical locations so developers can work from their preferred location locally or abroad as they choose. This makes for a more flexible working pattern as well as keeps costs low, which is great news for small startups.
However, it's not all rosy. The cloud isn't a silver bullet solution and neither is outsourcing your project. There is room for improvement in terms of reliability and security. While you don't need to worry about hardware failure, what happens when their server goes down? This is where we come in. NerdCloud is an IT outsourcing company that enables you to enjoy the best of both the cloud and on-premise models.
We are a team of senior developers who have extensive experience working with software development projects, both on-premise and in the cloud. We curate the best technology combinations for your business needs and fulfill all IT service requirements as a one-stop-shop. You can expect more from NerdCloud as we enable your team to build with agility, find new opportunities, and stay ahead of the competition by bringing our cloud expertise directly to you. You can have a team of dedicated software development professionals plug into your project management system.
NerdCloud’s elastic development model provides all the benefits of the top-tier cloud model, with none of the risks. You'll be able to see what they're working on and how it's going. If new tasks come up that need doing immediately then just give us the go-ahead. We provide you with complete peace of mind that comes from being able to call on an entire team if anything goes wrong. While we primarily focus on software development and project work, we also specialize in IT management and offer a wide variety of services to meet your company's needs. We understand the ins and outs of cloud computing and can help you navigate the complex world of data centers that comes with it.
You need not worry about scalability anymore; NerdCloud IT can provide it through our cloud expertise. We can help you build a platform to make running your business faster and easier, while still giving you the freedom to focus on what matters most.
We have helped many clients successfully build their custom software solutions. NerdCloud helps bridge the gap between your team and development teams overseas. Our vetted outsourcing model is designed to ensure that your team will work with only the most capable developers through our network of 7* international development partners.
NerdCloud IT enables you to build at scale by bringing an entire team's worth of project managers and that of ours by providing you with IT management services that help streamline your project from start to finish.
If you want to have a truly agile approach to business and your IT infrastructure needs, it might be time for an overhaul in the way you host data and IT development work. Outsourcing applications offer a step away from the in-house model of traditional hosting while reducing costs and allowing you to focus on your company’s main growth. As data centers are becoming more self-sufficient and decentralized to allow for a global workforce, you can quickly move between data center locations without any redundancies or long-term commitments. With NerdCloud, you can have it all.
NerdCloud enables your team to build with agility, find new opportunities, and stay ahead of the competition by bringing our cloud expertise directly to you. Our experienced team of developers is ready to help you build any solution to meet your business needs, at scale, or manage your IT infrastructure to improve your processes.
NerdCloud offers a range of flexible project outsourcing models that ensure you can get the best people for the job while putting technology expertise at your disposal. Choosing NerdCloud also comes with the peace of mind that if anything goes wrong in the development process, we will be there to help you find a resolution, regardless of the time zone or geographical location.
By leveraging NerdCloud, you can take advantage of our vetted network of international development partners and experience the cloud model at its finest. From project management and software engineering to infrastructure and data center management, we specialize in providing custom solutions for business owners just like you. For more information or a free consultation, don't hesitate to contact us.