4 January 2017
This is Cloud Control: Solvinity, Interxion and Microsoft
Schiphol, 10 November 2016 – All things considered, a transition to the cloud is a wise decision. Not only is a complete on-premise infrastructure in the area of maintenance no longer profitable, the cloud also provides a number of advantages, such as scalability, cost benefits, the ability to respond to constantly changing IT needs, the ability to rapidly innovate, as well as compliance and more. New businesses and startups have never known otherwise, but companies with a legacy network are still facing considerable challenges, and that is often where the journey begins.
First, determine the objective
During the IT Experience ‘This is Cloud Control’, organised by Solvinity, Interxion and Microsoft, the options to achieve the most optimal IT infrastructure were presented in rapid succession. But since each company has its own unique needs, it is of utmost importance to first determine the objective of a cloud transition. For example, it may be to accelerate innovation. By focussing on their objectives, organisations can determine which applications are eligible for a cloud transition.
There are two ways to accelerate innovation using the cloud. First of all, by unfailingly switching off and scaling up competitive applications at breakneck speed. In addition, innovation acceleration can also be achieved by realising cost savings. Second, legacy systems can be phased out at a faster pace. The resulting savings can then be invested in, for example, the development of future competitive applications.
Data is the new distinctiveness
The collection of as much data as possible is essential to ensure that these applications remain competitive. In the past, distinctiveness consisted of usability and functionality. This does, however, saturate the market and is an easy approach to copy. The distinctiveness of tomorrow lies in data. After all, predictions have to be based on the past. Even though there may not currently be any idea as to what purpose the data could serve, this data may become invaluable at a later point. Take seasonal influences on peak load, for example. The cloud requires at least two years of data to make a prediction: the first year is needed to simply map out seasonality, and a second year to have something to compare it to.
The cloud is thus a means of accelerating innovation. Microsoft Azure is one of the public clouds that enables this innovation. After all, just as in the consumer market, the principle of the subscription economy applies to cloud services as well. People do not want possession, but functionality. No car, but transport. No bulb, but light. Companies do not want a cloud, but computing power, connectivity and storage, i.e. the optimal conditions to achieve innovation. And that’s exactly what Azure offers.
Azure is ideal for experimenting, both in the development of new applications and as an option to alleviate the increasingly overloaded legacy corner. The possibilities for this are growing daily, with plug and play as one example.
But a full transition – which is certainly going to come – is currently easier said than done, as was demonstrated by the passionate discussion. There is a perception that everything is done once something is placed in the cloud, but even Microsoft sometimes has to turn off a server to run updates, for example. Thankfully, parties like Solvinity provide a solution.
Expertise with the capabilities of Azure, but also other major cloud service providers, and a private cloud, enables them to assist companies in their cloud transition. With the right application, it is now possible for a large energy supplier, for example, to deduce what television programme a consumer is watching based on their power consumption.
With a private IT infrastructure that is directly connected to the public cloud (Express Route to Azure and Interxion’s Cloud Connect platform to other cloud providers), optimal functionality is guaranteed. These connections do not pass through the regular Internet, but via a private, direct connection. As a result, there are no additional unfamiliar interfaces, extreme security is guaranteed and latency is minimal. Thanks to these SLA-based or supporting connections, the power of Azure and the expertise of Solvinity, it is possible to provide any organisation with the IT infrastructure that suits them.