SQL as a Service
PaaS (Platform as a Service)
Platform as a Service provides the company an ability to host solutions in the cloud. These solutions are decomposed into a set of services which can typically be scaled independently. The ability to scale independently exposes more control with smaller steps being created in the alignment of capacity and load. The closer one can run the load and capacity levels usually results in a better Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the customer. With this taxonomy, the mind-set is not focused around standing up virtual machines rather around hosting a solution and its services. Arguably when leveraging a PaaS offering one should not think of it in terms of Virtual Machines instead consider it hosting instances of your solution’s services.
Platform as a Service is ideal for migrating applications that are at high touch points (rewrites, upgrades or other milestone that requires changes to code) or have business drivers such as improving a solution’s availability, scalability, capacity or reducing cost. Typically, this mind-set will fit very well with already subscribed service oriented architecture design methodology.
It is important to make use of these additional feature sets that provide a very attractive return on investment, improve customer experience or open the ability to deliver new business streams. Although these platform features are desirable to implement they are typically not required, often allowing the migration of applications from an on-premises solution to cloud with little or no effort.
Common Business Drivers
- Improving IT agility
- Moving capital expenditures to operating expenditures
- Reducing IT spend to deliver business aligned solutions
- Increasing business agility through improved speed of provisioning new environments
- Providing capacity that may not be available in the on-premises counterpart
- Increasing the speed in which custom solutions can be brought to market
- Reducing security related concerns surrounding hosted environments
- Reducing IT’s requirement for knowledge of custom solution adoption rates
We can utilise 24/7 support services available at Cloud Service Providers, meaning faster provision, safety and secure monitoring. Risk concerns around High Availability and Business continuity can be mitigated by contractual means as opposed to continued capital investment associated with traditional architecture models.
Bimodal cloud adoption
Mode one adoption is typically led by Infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams with an emphasis on cost reduction, safety and security. Mode two is typically driven by enterprise architects, application development leaders and digital business leaders with the same emphasis on cost reduction, safety and security promoting developer productivity and business agility within the latest technology features.
The hyper-scale and embodiment of the Cloud in the latest technologies, the with secure global access can support the business needs and future development. The ability to provide modern technology platforms will drive positive change in IT operations, helping us bridge any gap in digital innovation, quickly and cost effectively and securely.