The path to the Cloud will be different for every business. From using Cloud-based applications to deploying entire infrastructures, there are many routes available, each with their own set of distinct advantages to end users. These routes are usually broken up into two key areas - Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
For some businesses, an ‘off-the-shelf’ SaaS application might serve their purpose perfectly. Microsoft Office 365 is a great example. Other businesses may choose to build their own apps or migrate existing applications onto the Cloud to gain all the advantages that come with it.
Infrastructure as a Service, such as Azure or Google Cloud, will allow businesses to not just use Cloud-based software, but utilize Cloud-based resources and infrastructure. This can be anything from dedicated server space to raw computing power.
While IaaS and SaaS are no doubt valuable tools along the journey, many businesses will eventually utilize the likes of IBM, Oracle, or SAP to create their own private Cloud, which can be further customized and tailored to their needs. This is more challenging with more moving pieces in play, but with the right expertise it can pay dividends.
Business will need to ask themselves
- How do I determine the right mix of IPVPN, DIA, broadband and SD-WAN for my network?
- Who will manage my connectivity underlay and software defined overlay?
- What resources do I need and how much will it cost?
Regardless of which path a business takes to the Cloud, the one thing connecting all routes is the need for reliable networking, efficient deployment, and real-time monitoring.
A business with one single centralized office might be fine using SaaS. However, with scale comes new challenges. If that same business decides to open up several new branches, it will need to start thinking about app deployment, speed, data sharing, and mobility. That’s where internet connectivity becomes a given, and focus instead turns to security, streamlining user experience, app performance, and the ability to manage a complex and evolving network system. We’ll call this hyper-connectivity.
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