When properly managed and configured to the specific needs
of your application or service, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS both offer
substantial performance advantages over traditional server infrastructure. Unfortunately, without the advice and support
of a specialist, it’s unlikely that your organisation is fully benefiting from
the flexibility, scale and improved reliability that’s available with a genuine
and bespoke cloud deployment.
You shouldn’t just replicate existing infrastructure
Both Microsoft and Amazon have made creating a cloud
solution to host an application simple – almost too simple. With the click of a mouse, you can create a
suite of virtual machines that perfectly replicate your existing server
We regularly meet with clients who have been tempted by this
simplicity and have self-deployed into Azure, using their existing
infrastructure as a blueprint. In almost
all cases, they have gained no benefit to application performance as a
result. This is to be expected, as a
replica environment will behave much as the traditional version did – the
virtual machine performance is designed to match a given configuration.
The best practice approach isn’t to simply copy what you
have, it’s much better to analyse what you need. In the initial stages of any cloud migration
project, our accredited Azure and AWS consultants work closely with client
development teams to fully understand the way their application works and
identify exactly what levels of performance are required.
Using a blank sheet of paper as a starting point for
solution, architecture removes the tethers to legacy hardware and allows your
application to take advantage of the greater flexibility offered. Rather than using the same server
configuration for every component of your network of VMs, a cloud solution can
be specified to use lower power (and cheaper) machines where possible and
increase power where needed. This means
that your spend is more effective and can improve application performance.
Monitoring & scaling resource
With traditional hosting or colocation, you would buy a
fixed amount of capacity in a datacentre and a selection of services would be
layered on top for management.
Non-specialist companies often take the same approach to cloud
deployments, delivering a static environment that is deemed fit for purpose.
The cloud is different, offering much more flexibility. Rather than being constrained to a static
environment, a specialist partner can create a more dynamic solution for your
application that scales up and down based on demand. This means that your users benefit from
better performance under load and you benefit from lower costs because you no
longer need to pay for resource when you’re not using it.
Taking advantage of additional services
Without awareness of the range of additional services that
Azure and AWS offer, many cloud users only use a suite of Virtual
Machines. Both major public cloud
platforms have the built-in ability to schedule back-ups and allow for
near-instant recovery in the event of data loss. An experienced consultant can architect a
solution that splits data across multiple data centres which can reduce
downtime to 0.
Data loss or an inaccessible application are two of the
biggest risks to software companies. As
such, it pays to plan for failure when developing your architecture plan –
something that inexperienced consultants will often fail to do.
Want to find out more?
Is your business making the most of its presence in Azure or AWS? Call us today for a risk free, no obligation assessment to find out how much you could save, and what performance improvements might be available. Talk to a specialist or download our guide to moving to a new service provider.