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

<
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, 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.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Video and Audio calling from mobile browsers now assisted by Amazon Chime SDK

You can join your web application to Amazon Chime SDK video and audio resources using the Amazon Chime SDK for JavaScript in your AWS account. You can add support for mobile web by integrating the recent version of the SDK obtainable on npm and updating your application UI for the mobile form factor if you are already using the Amazon Chime SDK in a web application. Now with this feature, you can utilize the Amazon Chime SDK for JavaScript to set up video as well as audio calling applications planned for the mobile web. With JavaScript SDK support on Google Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS, you can occupy your clients on their mobile devices excluding the need of a download. When downloading an app is selected, you can design native mobile apps with the Amazon Chime SDKs for iOS and Android. The Amazon Chime SDK is a series of real-time communications elements that developers can utilize to promptly add video calling, audio calling, and screen sharing powers to their individual web or mobile applications. Developers can support the unchanged communication infrastructure and services that power Amazon Chime, an online meetings service from AWS, and provide occupying experiences in their applications.
You can read more about Amazon Chime see the following resources:

Friday, 26 June 2020

Emoji Reactions to Comments is now offered by AWS CodeCommit

AWS CodeCommit is a source control service that makes it simple for teams to ally on code in a secure and highly scalable ecosystem. CodeCommit removes the necessity to run your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. New feature introduced by AWS CodeCommit i.e. emoji reactions to comments on pull requests and commits. With this feature, a developer can respond to a comment faster by clicking on the emoji icon in the comment to view a list of supported emojis. They can then pick an emoji from the list that introduces their report about the comment. CodeCommit logs the selected emoji as a reaction to that comment. The list of supported emojis contains favoured reactions like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, smiley face, heart, and ship-it. To know more about comment reactions in AWS CodeCommit please refer to the documentation. And to get the complete list of AWS Regions where AWS CodeCommit is accessible, refer AWS CodeCommit documentation.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Migrating Your SAP B1 Workloads to AWS with Cloud.in

SAP B1

Migrating Your SAP B1 Workloads to AWS with Cloud.in

19th June 2020 (Friday)   |   03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (IST)

Register Now


Businesses can access all the benefits of the SAP Business One solution on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without needing to make long-term commitments or costly capital expenditures for the required IT infrastructure. Both the SAP Business One, version for Microsoft SQL Server and SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA are supported by SAP for production on AWS. We will help learn about the benefits and options for running SAP Business One solutions on AWS, and how to implement and operate the SAP Business One environment effectively on AWS.


What will be covered!

  • Is moving to Cloud a good Choice?
  • Why AWS?
  • Advantages of Moving SAP B1 from On-Premises to AWS Cloud.
  • SAP B1 On MS SQL / HANA?
  • Migrating to AWS
  • Licensing



Speakers

Ganesh Sawhney

Ganesh Sawhney

Amazon Web Services 
Partner Solution Architect 

Scan Jun 13, 2020-page-001

A.S.N. Prasad

Hostin Services Pvt Ltd
Director-Strategy & BD
ApurvaParad

Apurva Parad

Hostin Services Pvt Ltd
Solution Architect



Who should attend? 
Directors / Proprietors / Founders / CIOs / IT Heads / SAP Admins

Session Timing:
Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Time: 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (IST)

Registration URL:
https://forms.gle/F5EfmS2mVjaev7Ut9 
awsbadge
Cloud.in - Hostin Services Private Limited, 10 Sneh Centre, 1182/2 F.C. Road, Shivajinagar, Pune, MAHARASHTRA 411005, India, +91-20-66080101

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 2...