Tuesday, 16 November 2021

6 ways how Cloud.in & AWS Cloudfront CDN can benefit your business


Every industry and every organization will have to transform itself in the next few years. What is coming at us is bigger than the original internet, and you need to understand it, get on board with it, and figure out how to transform your business.” — Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO of O’Reilly Media


For the past few years, there has been a significant increase in number of content delivery networks are providing a non-stop streaming and VoD experience to users.


At the same time, some websites and apps are facing challenges like frequent downtime, cyber-attacks, latency issues due to which billions of dollars of revenue is lost. Also, these issues lead to various other challenges such as bad customer experience, ransomware vulnerabilities, data leaks, data thefts, decreased SEO ratings, bad reputation, and so on. 


Therefore, to help nullify the possibilities for such challenges to occur in the first place, it is recommended for companies to use a networking solution. AWS Cloudfront, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is an ideal solution designed while keeping speed, latency & security into consideration. 


AWS Cloudfront CDN - Cloud.in


Let us have a look at some of the benefits that AWS Cloudfront can bring to your business:


  1. Lower Latency: AWS has 275+ points of presence (PoPs) worldwide with automated network mapping and intelligent routing, which helps significant reduction in latency. This ultimately leads to a better customer experience.


  1. Faster Content Delivery: Nearest Edge location is utilized for caching and delivering the static & dynamic content at the fastest speed, all this while ensuring there’s no downtime. One of the well-known use cases for speedy content delivery using Cloudfront is when Sky News delivered live streaming of Royal Wedding in the UK, to 23 million viewers


  1. Immense Cost Reduction: As AWS Advanced consulting partner, Cloud.in can provide “Discounted Pricing” depending upon your commitments. Cloud.in have Amazon Cloudfront, Edge Services & Live Streaming expertise, enabling them to work closely with AWS to provide the best services to customers at affordable prices. To know more reach out to experts at Cloud.in for accelerated & secured content delivery.

  

  1. Security Improvements & Protection Against Cyber Attacks: Cloudfront CDN supports seamless integrations with security offerings such as AWS Shield & Web Access Firewall (WAF), aiding in securing your websites and applications from any cyberattacks such as DDoS attacks, Ransomware, SQL injections, Cross-site scripting, etc.


  1. DevOps friendly: For distributing the content on the web or using RTMP protocol using Amazon S3, AWS Elemental Mediastore, Route 53 & Media package, developers can easily do their work without any complications & complexities using the console. This simple DevOps interface helps create, configure and deliver the content within a short period. 


  1. Improvement In SEO Rankings: Out of all the SEO factors that are considered while ranking, user experience (UX) is the most important one which acts as a bridge connecting brands to successful journeys. With Cloudfront CDN, you can achieve customer delight as they access your websites and applications with faster & secure performance, no downtime, with lower latency as compared to your competitors. In a long run, SEO strategy could play a vital role in terms of generating sales funnel as an intent-based audience is involved in this process.


 

          Want to get a free trial for Cloudfront? Contact experts at Cloud.in for free PoC


Sunday, 24 January 2021

AWS’s growth story

AWS’s growth story - numbers don't lie! AWS took 123 months, a little over 10 years, to grow to a $10 billion business. Then took only 23 months to go from $10 billion to $20 billion, 13 months to go from $20 billion to $30 billion, and then 12 months to go from $30 billion to $40 billion. Rate of growth in AWS continues to accelerate. As quoted by Andy Jassy, AWS CEO,  currently mere 4% of IT spending goes to cloud.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Best Practices for cloud migration

Best Practices for Cloud Migration by Cloud.in

 

In an age of choice and flexibility, multi-cloud is the norm today rather than the exception. Most enterprises today want to avoid vendor lock in, and want to choose different cloud platforms for different workloads. A study conducted by IDC of 300 enterprise IT leaders revealed that 93.2% of respondents were using ‘multiple infrastructure clouds’ for their business operations.


While having greater choice is a clear necessity, it also throws up multiple challenges for organizations. Any organization that underestimates the complexity of multi-cloud migration will fail to realize the full potential of a multi-cloud strategy. Being aware of the potential hurdles can help enterprises to tap into the numerous business benefits of a multi-cloud environment. Hence, before planning any cloud migration, it is critical to clearly define the pre-migration and post-migration stage, and document the existing IT ecosystem consisting of apps, databases, networks and interdependencies.

We recommend some of the following best practices for ensuring seamless multi-cloud migration

Define what to migrate


 







Before you decide to migrate applications or data to a cloud platform from on-premise or from another cloud, it is critical to first identify a list of applications that must be migrated. This can be done on the basis of performance gain, economics of maintaining the application or security, after migration to the new cloud environment. Enterprises hence must invest enough time to maintain an inventory of applications so that there is minimum risk of any missing dependency during a migration process.



Decide the type of migration









Once the inventory of applications is prepared, enterprises must decide the type of cloud environment they want to migrate – will be it be an all public cloud environment, will be it a private cloud or will be it a hybrid cloud environment? Depending on the benefits, you could decide to migrate to the cloud environment that your organization need. The migration must be planned in such a way that it is less disruptive with very less downtime.



Prepare and test









The new cloud environment where your applications and data will migrate needs to be ready to receive data in a format that is required by the cloud provider. You could start small, and move migrating applications gradually, as you gain greater confidence in the new cloud environment. It is also equally important to test if your on-premise applications with their data and dependencies will work properly in the new environment. Factors such as latency, performance and additional bandwidth also need to be considered as migration to the cloud can affect end users.



Monitor and measure 









Post migration, organizations must implement tools that can help them get complete visibility into the performance of every application. This can be done by correlating the performance of every application by mapping the user journeys across different platforms such as web or mobile. Post migration, organizations must check if all the application interdependencies and linkages are working perfectly, and also check if performance levels have improved or reduced, due to migration. You could also use cloud-native monitoring tools that provide application-level insights and monitoring on the cloud environment.



Enforce security









Most of the breaches that have occurred on public cloud platforms are due to user mis-configurations. Other issues include unencrypted databases, weak network controls and poor governance. Hence, post migration, enterprises must ensure that all applications must ideally have the same level of security across on-premise apps or apps in the cloud environment.

Lastly, if your organization lacks the capability or has less bandwidth to carry out cloud migration activities, you could consider outsourcing this activity to a specialist and certified cloud service provider. For ensuring that you get the best out of your cloud migration, you must consider service providers that can not only guide your organization in choosing the best possible cloud platform, but also help your organization ensure effortless provisioning, monitoring and management via a single dashboard.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Critical Importance of DRaaS for your Business for Now and the Future

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It is a pattern which repeats itself year after year. From monsoons to floods to earthquakes, disasters are common to India. A 2018 UN report estimated that India has been among the top five countries with disaster-related economic losses of more than $79.5 billion in the last twenty years. India is also the 14th most vulnerable country in the world, according to the 2019 Global Climate Risk Index report.

Given this context, a robust disaster recovery process is absolutely vital, as the survival of the organization depends on it. In the current times, this is even more critical, as the Covid 19 crisis has enforced many more limitations with respect to physical access. Hence, irrespective of the size, every organization today needs a digital component. The cost of downtime in a digital age can be disastrous as it can shut down the ability of the business to deliver services to its end customers.

Traditional DR involves a huge number of steps, and is not only expensive, but also complex to execute. Firstly, setting up an alternate DR site requires enterprises to invest in acquiring the required space and the associated infrastructure (power, cooling, IT equipment) and manpower. Configuring the required infrastructure is also a complex process, as every component of the infrastructure has to be ready for deployment. This requires testing networks, software, hardware and applications. Data backup is also a tedious process. For example, if the backup medium is tape, then the tapes have to be delivered to the secondary DR site in the event of a disaster. Further, applications have to be patched with the latest updates and the network has to be configured to match the required specifications (firewall rules, authentication, DNS settings). Even if there is a small failure in one of the steps, then it stalls the entire recovery process. In the goal towards achieving DR compliance, organizations choose the DR strategy depending on the business risk. For example, the faster the recovery time needed, the more expensive is the solution. If the recovery time is slower, the cheaper is the solution. Hence, there is always a trade off between the benefit and the cost

How DRaaS can help?

Thanks to the cloud, DRaaS has emerged as a powerful option. DRaaS can help enterprises
overcome all the issues that are present with traditional DR.
Here is how

1. Faster recovery time: 

Faster recovery time


IT infrastructure components such as the operating system, application data and related patches can be quickly copied to the offsite DR site and be made live in a shorter period of time.

2. Efficient recovery: 


As every process is automated, replication is extremely efficient when compared to manual processes, which can have the probability of errors. Further, due to lower costs, organizations can test the reliability of their DR process more often, than they could have done using a traditional process. As the frequency of testing increases, it increases the accuracy, as organizations understand the gaps in their process, and can also determine the time taken for gauging how quickly critical workloads can be recovered in case of a disaster.

3. Lower TCO:














A pay-per-use model allows enterprises to pay only for actual usage. Enterprises only have to pay when data transfer takes place between the primary and
secondary site.

4. Lower upfront investment:















The cloud has levelled the playing field for even smaller organizations, as there is zero capital investment, and an enterprise has to only pay when the cloud option is used

5. Anywhere access:














The ability to access information from any part of the globe gives DRaaS a massive advantage. As the information is stored in the cloud, a DR process can be fired from anywhere in the world by just using a smartphone or a laptop. This is of huge advantage in the current situation, where organizations have been forced to cut down their manpower visiting their data centers. Today, DRaaS gives organizations the capability to shift the operations to a remote DR site quickly.


In an environment that demands an always-on infrastructure, DRaaS is a must have option today, as it gives enterprises the confidence and the ability to bounce back quickly in case of any disaster.


Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The value of SAP Analytics cloud

Given the pace at which data is being consumed and generated, it is imperative for businesses to make sense of their data – structured and unstructured. While there are a plethora of analytics-related tools available in the market today, there are few tools that can have the impact that SAP Cloud Analytics can have. The SAP Analytics Cloud solution integrates business intelligence, augmented and predictive analytics, and planning capabilities into one cloud environment.

Given the huge volumes of data being produced, it is extremely challenging for enterprises to analyze every bit of data being produced by different functions, and look at the larger picture. Due to its ability to integrate, process, and analyze information on a real-time basis, the SAP Analytics Cloud is extremely valuable in providing insights. A single platform for analytics gives business users the ability to take decisions effectively due to self-service analytics.

An interesting feature called ‘SAP Digital Boardroom’ enables business leaders to understand business insights in a better way, as it presents information graphically and intuitively. This helps business leaders to understand the impact of past decisions, monitor the current trends with respect to changing business dynamics, and use ‘what-if’ scenarios to simulate the future.

Democratizing analytics

The biggest advantage with SAP Analytics Cloud is that users across all functions can learn about the power of intelligent insights. This is made possible by the augmented analytics capabilities. This helps any employee, even untrained ones, to start exploring the power of analytics. Support for conversational analytics, helps users ask questions in a natural way and get instant answers. This frees up the precious time of data scientists for other high-value activities.

Some additional useful features help enterprises to fully capitalize on their data. A ‘Search to Insight’ enables employees to chat with their data using conversational AI and natural language processing. With natural language query (NLQ), employees can search and analyze their data by asking questions. This is an extremely beneficial feature for non-technical people, as it does not require any knowledge of query languages such as SQL or Python. Similarly, the ‘Smart Insights’ feature lets employees dig deeper into their data visualizations without manual effort. For example, with just a click of a button, users can reveal the top contributors behind values and understand the factors contributing to important metrics such as profits or revenues.

Users can also take advantage of the ‘Smart Discovery’ feature, which enables them to use automated machine learning models to reveal relationships and hidden patterns in specific datasets. This feature helps users generate key trends and experiment using ‘What-if’ simulations. Users can also take advantage of the intelligent predictive analytics feature to predict or forecast future scenarios or outcomes. All these initiatives can be undertaken without the help of any data scientist.
 
By linking and creating planning, financial and operational plans in one solution, you can drive better decisions. A centralized view of data across all lines of business, helps organizations ensure that their strategy and actions are linked closely. Enterprises can also do rapid prototyping by using existing data models to customize or integrate or create new models.

In summary, using SAP Analytics Cloud, you can democratize the usage of analytics by giving the power to analyze for every business user. Most enterprises are data-rich, but insights poor. SAP Analytics Cloud allows enterprises to correct this anomaly and use the power of data to your advantage.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Budget overruns? Try Amazon Database Migration Accelerator



Amazon Database Migration Accelerator (DMA) was launched on 24 June, 2020 by AWS. Initially, AWS offers DMA to customers who are migrating from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora or Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for PostgreSQL or MySQL. In future, Amazon DMA will include additional source and target databases, data warehouses, and analytics systems. Amazon DMA brings together AWS Database Migration Service (DMS), AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT), and AWS database migration experts to help customers migrate away from traditional commercial databases at fixed prices. You can read more at the official Amazon Database Migration Accelerator page.


Ref: Amazon DMA

Amazon DMA vs other migration projects
Other migration projects include a variable cost that depends on the resources used during the migration process. Amazon DMA offers fixed price migrations that you can pay after the migration is done. Hence reducing the risk of budget overruns. In addition to AWS DMS, AWS SCT, and migration experts, Amazon DMA also uses the vast technical knowledge gained by Amazon’s engineers while migrating internal systems to AWS database services. Amazon DMA migration solutions are offered by APN partners (like cloud.in) by allowing you to assemble the right combination of solutions to fit your business requirements. To learn if you qualify, please reach out to cloud.in at sales@cloud.in or visit our contact us page.

Why Amazon DMA from Cloud.in?
Clients have frequently given feedback that traditional database migrations eat up an unreasonable amount of effort and usually result in budget overruns or delays. This is because re-factoring applications from one database engine to another can be time consuming and technically challenging. Engineers working on these migrations require an in-depth familiarity of both the origin and target databases, as well as various programming frameworks. We at Cloud.in have these experienced engineers for your database migration projects.

Feel free to write to us at sales@cloud.in for any further information.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Why it is essential for organizations to adopt an application modernization strategy

Given the scale of digital transformation, it has become imperative for enterprises to find a way to modernize their applications. Legacy applications are built on outdated architectures and typically are characterized by high maintenance costs, inflexibility, and redundant features. If the applications are not modernized, they lose their relevance to the business. Legacy apps also are seldom understood by the current generation of developers as they have been maintained for many decades with or without adequate documentation. The other big challenge is that of unsupported platforms or skills shortage. If the application has been created in an old language, then it becomes extremely challenging to find developers that can support these applications. Organizations that have legacy applications are hence, extremely vulnerable to a fast-changing business environment, and hence need to quickly have a strategy for modernizing their applications.

Options to modernize

There are several ways to modernize an application. Enterprises can choose to encapsulate a legacy application and make it available via an API to other modern apps. They can even choose to rehost the application to another infrastructure (such as the cloud) without making any change to the code. If organizations want to quickly take advantage of the cloud without making any modifications to their applications, then the rehosting option is the preferred option. If enterprises want to take advantage of the scalability of the cloud, then a re-architecting option is recommended. The other option is replacing or completely rewriting or rebuilding the application from scratch.

Why the cloud is the best option

The cloud is the best option from an infrastructure point of view, as it can help enterprises take advantage of several tools available in the cloud ecosystem to modernize an application. For example, a microservices strategy is one of the most common methods for refactoring and breaking down an application into small components called microservices. Another option is containerization, which plays a critical role in the modernization of an app. As containers provide a complete ecosystem for an application with all associated dependencies, they are ideal for running an application in an isolated environment. This makes them well suited to run on any cloud platform.

Cloud service providers such as AWS also provide the underlying database foundation (such as Amazon DynamoDB for quick lookups for user searches or Amazon ElastiCache for in-memory storing and rendering) for delivering cloud-ready applications. Serverless computing capabilities are also possible which allows enterprises to run application code without provisioning. Enterprises can also make use of proven migration tools from providers such as AWS to ensure a successful migration.

Modernizing an application without understanding the base infrastructure on which it is hosted, is not sufficient and can lead to performance issues. Hosting an application on the cloud can help enterprises ensure that their applications scale up to handle millions of users and manage the increasing volumes of data without any problem of infrastructure breakdowns.

By modernizing an application in the cloud, some of the top benefits include:
  • Ability to scale infrastructure up or scale down as per user requirements
  • Reduced cost and support issues for applications
  • Greater functionality at reduced costs
  • Ability to incorporate better security features
  • Ability to attract quality talent for supporting your application due to cloud
In summary, the question of modernizing an application today is not ‘why’, but ‘when’ as no company wants to miss out on taking advantage of the digital technologies that modern platforms like cloud provide them.

6 ways how Cloud.in & AWS Cloudfront CDN can benefit your business

Every industry and every organization will have to transform itself in the next few years. What is coming at us is bigger than the original ...