September 15, 2015 – At the turn of the 20th century, industrial factories stopped supplying their own power. Thomas Edison had the bright idea to build a giant public power station that offered electrical power as-needed to nearby factories, rentable on a monthly basis.
The cloud, otherwise known as massive outsourced data-centers, function exactly the same way. Your data and computing capabilities are the “power” of your business. They keep the lights on. Keep your workers working. And they keep your “product” available to your customers. The cloud allows you to house all your data and computing capabilities somewhere else, instead of storing it all on-site.
At the turn of the 20th century, it soon became apparent that private power generation would be replaced by power utilities. Are you preparing to make this transition from totally private, in-house datacenters to some form of the Cloud?
Just as with a power plant, you have 3 options for how much “power” you outsource:
A Private Cloud: Think of this as the hands-on cloud that is virtualized and centralized (not the legacy distributed architecture). With this option, you’re in complete control, and entry is “invitation only”.
In other words, you own the cloud infrastructure – you have purchased the cloud-storage servers, you have designed your cloud controller architecture, and everything related to your private “cloud” lives in your building or a near-by hosted data center that you can physically visit.
The Private Cloud through Coretek: Hyperconverged Data Center, Software Defined Networking, Workspace Optimization through Virtualization (virtual desktops)
A Public Cloud: Think of this as the neighborhood block party. You’re surrounded by like-minded people (you all live in the same “neighborhood”), and there’s definitely a group of you, but it’s still a controlled environment, with the local HOA running the show.
These are offered through entities like AWS from Amazon or Azure from Microsoft. Their physical location is of little importance, as these mammoth companies have numerous data storage centers located all over the globe to manage and maintain the cloud capabilities they supply. What’s important about the public cloud is that it is always available, always professionally managed and maintained to the highest degree of innovation and optimization, is extremely safe, and comes at a reduced rate due to its huge economies of scale.
The Public Cloud through Coretek: Cloud Desktop (through Azure or AWS), Cloud Strategy Development and Implementation,
A Hybrid Cloud: Instead of a party, the hybrid cloud is more like having both a private book collection and a membership to your local library. (This might sound less exciting, but we love books!) You own the items that mean the most to you, personally (the ones that give your organization their competitive advantage), but have rentable access to other items that you’re interested in, just don’t need to purchase.
When you’re transitioning from your traditional IT infrastructure, or need to maintain your traditional infrastructure for internal legacy applications that are not cloud-friendly, but provide your current business with key functionality. The hybrid cloud is a great option.
With a hybrid cloud, you can move standard, non-competitive functionalities like payroll or email infrastructure (e.g. Microsoft 365) to the Cloud. You are then able to free up resources and staff to focus on replacing legacy applications that are causing “legacy drag” (obsolete technologies that prevent you from taking advantage of new functionality) and improve business agility (through something like BYOD). Prices for this standard type functionality continue to trend downward (again through “economies of scale”) and scales up or down in small increments on a “per user” monthly subscription basis.
The Hybrid Cloud through Coretek: Microsoft Cloud & Automation, Cloud Desktop, Workspace Optimization through Virtualization, Software Defined Networking