Computing power for your business, as fluid and frictionless as the market
Cloud computing has a potential to revolutionize the way we utilize IT like almost no technology before. And it is here now. Mature. Dependable. But not yet fully utilized by most companies. Here are two features of cloud computing that we think are most important for decision makers right now:
One of the most important features of cloud based applications is their inherent scalability.
As the cloud can dispatch additional resources on the fly, your computational base can always be in perfect synch with the needs of your business. Now your hardware can be as agile, as your software running on it.
An interesting showcase for this cost minimizing elasticity of cloud computing was done with our help for SAP. A sponsorship project called for public participation on major events. As public participation can be difficult to judge and word of mouth can lead to runaway effects in usage, an elastic cloud architecture was chosen from the beginning. Multiple slave instances with dedicated queues, buffer spikes in usage and feed into an HANA database. A redundant master instance controls the setup.
All of this enabled the project to dynamically scale from 100 to over 10.000 users in minutes, without wasting massive amounts of resources.
The fact that the cloud will be the platform of the future does not mean it has to be one solution cloud by one provider.
The strongest aspect of cloud computing is its elasticity, so developing and deploying cloud solutions does not have to follow a fully mapped out roadmap from the beginning. Instead of planning all possible scenarios for the future, cloud adoption can start with one specific area of the business, that is showing the most friction. Additional solutions, that might even be dependent on data from the first, can still be based on different cloud platforms.
Our work on the Women’s Tennis Association infrastructure seamlessly combines multiple cloud platform providers (SAP HCP, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure), with hardened external databases for sensitive health information and on premise databases at event sites.
All of this mission critical and multi-million industries of media and marketing dependent on its everyday function. All day, every day.