In this case study we will look into how cloud infrastructure solves business tasks, discuss what a company needs to work efficiently in the cloud and share the details of a cloud project for our client’s company.
What is cloud infrastructure from a business perspective?
Cloud infrastructure is a flexible computing platform that allows the company’s entire IT arsenal to function. IT infrastructure as such is the foundation of any modern business; this complex of hardware and software is a necessity if a company wants to use:
- remote workstations
- office software
- ERP- and CRM-systems,
- development platforms,
- a corporate website, and so on
The cloud allows for quick and cost-effective adaptation to any workload, thanks to the features of its architecture. The scale of the cloud depends on the actual needs of the company: you can use as many computing resources as you need at any given moment. This advantage is used for seasonal influxes of customers in online stores, software development projects for clients or other departments of the company, unpredictable workloads, or global scaling along with the company’s growth.
In addition, hosting IT services in a provider's cloud is a good way to save the company's time and resources. Local infrastructure entails spending on component replacement, power bills, physical space rental, and the purchase of new servers if the system needs to be scaled. Meanwhile, the IT staff is forced to spend its time supporting the IT platform instead of working on the company’s long-term goals. By renting a cloud, a business can delegate these tasks to its service provider and reduce expenses.
We, SIM-Networks, have been building IT infrastructures for companies for over 10 years. Our experience shows that the technological features of the platform are not enough to work efficiently in the cloud. Each company is unique, so the benefit of any solution depends on how well it is integrated into the business. The architecture of the solution should be designed with the specifics of the business and the particular company in mind so that the features of the cloud platform match everyday tasks and long-term plans.
The case we describe in this article is an illustration of our approach to building IT infrastructure. This approach is based on transparent communication and attention to the specifics of the client's company. In this case, we were asked to integrate the cloud infrastructure into a unified system with the client's existing tools and carry out data migration. In addition, the client's employees had not previously worked with the platform on which the SIM-Networks cloud is built. These kinds of projects are our specialization.
The client's future infrastructure was based on SIM-Cloud, our proprietary public cloud hosted in a Tier III+ data center in Germany. The system is built on the OpenStack modular platform for cloud computing. The cloud's computing power is provided by two types of Intel Xeon series CPU cores: Standard vCPU and Power vCPU for tasks with high performance requirements. Additional features include an integrated BaaS automatic backup service. If you want to learn more about the technical specifications of SIM-Cloud, please read the product page.