Cloud Services

Scale Your Business With Cloud Solutions

Infrastructure management has traditionally been the area of greatest inertia for software enterprises. When a business internally manages its own hardware, early planning and capacity hedging is needed to ensure products reach the market in a timely manner and can robustly scale to meet user demand. It must also simultaneously ensure that it minimizes unused capacity.

Cloud services help to address these issues, allowing businesses to quickly scale compute and storage infrastructure to meet their exact needs at any given point in time.

Our Cloud Services

Our agency focuses on end-to-end design and implementation of cloud-native applications across a variety of public cloud vendor solutions. Our expertise also allows us to offer cloud strategy design, including cloud adoption and migration options. Additionally, we provide cloud-based solutions within enterprise-managed virtual private clouds based on public cloud services.

Cloud Strategy & Adoption

We work with business, technology, and operations stakeholders in your organization to help design and implement cloud-first strategies and solutions for new projects and help with the migration of existing applications to a more cloud-native target state.

Cloud Architecture Design

Our expertise lies in full-stack, cloud-based solution design and implementation. This includes pre-development engagement; we work with a range of product stakeholders to analyze requirements and establish robust, scalable, and secure architecture designs that make the best use of available cloud services to meet your business needs. With an agreed target state architecture, we then work with your engineering teams to implement the solution, or our end-to-end solution capability can handle the full implementation.

Enterprise Cloud Integration

We can help with solution design and implementation of cloud-based applications that require integration with on-premises data and services and external third-party integrations. Our aims with integration solutions are to achieve high performance and availability while minimizing costs associated with crossing boundaries between internal enterprise systems and public cloud services.

Cloud Migration Management

In addition to cloud-first solution design and implementation, we can help with migration and uplift of existing on-premises applications to the cloud. Our services include full redesign and implementation of new cloud-native replacements and designing more incremental migration strategies that progressively move components of the existing solution over to cloud-based equivalents. Our risk assessment expertise can help feed decisions between various migration options to reach the most effective strategy for your particular cloud migration requirements.

Cloud Benefits

Cloud services significantly reduce the gap between the agility of developing software and the inertia of hardware procurement, configuration, and management. Compute and storage can be operated as virtualized commodities and provisioned in a matter of minutes to meet changing requirements throughout the lifecycle of an application. The ability to spin up and scale entire environments at minimum cost and time can significantly improve your SDLC's effectiveness.

Increased agility helps during product development to quickly prototype various options when an optimum solution may not be known. This agility also translates to live applications on production platforms where infrastructure resources can dynamically scale in response to user demand - maximizing usage while minimizing cost and ensuring the best possible end-user experience.

Cloud-Ready Enterprise Applications

Applications designed as "cloud-first" can better meet changing business and market conditions in a timely and cost-effective manner by reducing the overhead of peripheral technology functions typically associated with software delivery. More focus is given to meeting business and customer needs to deliver the best possible experience for all your users located anywhere in the world.

Cloud Security

Information security is critical to many software solutions, increasingly so in a modern environment of breaches and information leaks.The trust that an organization has taken years to build up with their users can be wiped out instantly during such an event.Businesses that have not woken up to the severity of these risks will likely face harsh consequences in the future.

Our agency is acutely aware of the reputational damage that poor security can cause. We treat security with paramount importance within every one of our solutions. Secure design and implementation principles are intrinsic to every step of our solution delivery process - including considerations of data sensitivity classification and residency requirements, secure network design and cloud services utilization, and authorization across all solution layers and integration points.

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Cloud FAQs

Enterprise cloud services provide a middle ground between legacy server-focused infrastructure, managed internally within an organization, and third-party cloud services providers where compute and storage infrastructure is fully outsourced. Enterprises can offer internal cloud services by virtualizing the compute and storage clusters within their own data centers. This middle ground often appeals to organizations that want to maintain complete internal control of their products, data, and infrastructure while still providing the benefits that solution implementation teams expect from a cloud services provider.

However, many such organizations are beginning to realize that more significant cost savings and more robust implementations can often be achieved through the complete externalization of infrastructure management to a third-party provider. Cloud providers are increasingly able to offer solutions that exceed robustness, scalability, locality, and security requirements - all at a more competitive price point than organizations can manage internally.

Our agency focuses on solutions based on public cloud vendors rather than internally-managed enterprise cloud services. However, we can help establish strategies for migration from private internal enterprise clouds to public cloud equivalents.

The benefits of cloud adoption are clear. While infrastructure is a critical part of every successful software product, it provides little inherent value if considered as a standalone concept. The value of a product is derived from the data it uses and the intellectual property of its software implementation, not the infrastructure used to run it. Businesses that can focus on this value come to realize the commodity nature of infrastructure. Managing compute and storage infrastructure internally within an organization is not an option for startups looking for maximum agility. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to justify for large enterprises looking to reduce costs through consolidation around their businesses' value-generating areas.

The majority of a software product's value is derived from the data that it interacts with. Enterprises are beginning to appreciate this fact and are implementing data-focused strategies rather than those based around individual product silos. These strategies typically involve identifying, externalizing, unifying, and connecting datasets across the broader organization. Both internal and customer products can then access the centralized data authorities and combine them in innovative ways, exposing greater value than the sum of the individual parts.

Implementations can take the form of data services that provide APIs for products to integrate with, including customer-facing integrations where the data APIs are marketed as distinct products. More complex implementations may involve "data lakes," where central storage capabilities provide large scale data ingestion and access mechanisms to application development teams. These capabilities can be self-service or managed via centralized groups that hold authority for particular datasets. Cloud data management solutions are typically well suited to "big data" - offering compute capabilities that can run transformation, derivation, or similar data operations adjacent to or within the data storage layer itself. Thus, maximizing performance when dealing with internet-scale datasets.

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