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May 2018

Managed services on cloud-based systems

May 15th, 2018

One question we get from time to time is whether or not our managed services work the same on cloud-based IaaS-Infrastructure as a Service-and as a PaaS-Platform as a Service-set ups as they do on on-site hardware.

The short answer is yes, they do work the same. It doesn’t affect our services or offerings at all.

We’re already remote anyway, so we’re agnostic to the location of the hardware to do everything we need to do in the first place. The hardware is just in a different data center.

We actually set all of our managed services up with that in mind more than a decade ago. Back in the 2000s, we had a client move all their hardware to a data center that had the bandwidth they needed.

At the time, the “cloud” wasn’t a term that was being used. It was known as a hosted solution in a data center. The data center provided all the telecommunications and security their system needed. The cloud has just taken it to another level with virtualization technology.

We were able to provide managed services remotely for that client, and it didn’t matter that their hardware had moved. Ever since, our managed services have been location agnostic.

You might wonder if cloud-based solutions will take care of your database and software as well. They won’t.

Sure, the system administrator piece is offloaded to your cloud provider. That could be Amazon, it could be Microsoft, or it could be Oracle. They’ll take care of your physical hardware, your operating system. But above that in the stack is your responsibility, including your database and software.

Of course, below that in the stack, you still have to hold the cloud provider accountable. If there are any real issues, you still need technical minds conversing with the cloud resource provider to determine what’s going on.

Our managed services still operate just like they would on servers you have on-site. It’s a seamless process for us and doesn’t affect our offerings at all.

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The cloud versus hardware solutions

May 1st, 2018

Not long ago we worked with a state government agency here in Oklahoma that was looking at either upgrading their hardware systems or moving to the cloud.

Initially, they were going down the traditional route, which is procuring more hardware. However, they had a forward-thinking IT director that called Oracle to see what the options were for a cloud-based solution.

The system they went with is known both as an IaaS-Infrastructure as a Service-and as a PaaS-Platform as a Service. Because of how seamless and affordable it is, it was a great choice for their needs.

There were three major reasons it was a good fit.

First, when the quote from Oracle came back, the IT director was rather surprised. It was going to be a lot more affordable to move everything to the cloud than it was to procure the new hardware and have their system administrator set everything up.

They even looked at the cost over a number of years, and it still saved them money.

Second, the physical location was important to them. They were actually working on moving some of their hardware off-site to a state-wide data center. So if they had opted to go the traditional route, they would have needed to set all the equipment up on-site initially, then eventually would have moved it to that data center. The cloud-based solution alleviated any risk and concerns with moving the hardware to a new location.

Third, their usage was going to be a public-facing app. It actually has to be exposed over the internet to users, and those users are everywhere physically. It’s not like they’re just on one intranet. So a public cloud solution was perfect for them in that regard as well.

What we found in this case is that this particular technology was a great option for moving to the cloud. It was very Oracle-centric. It used the Oracle Database Standard Edition, as well as Oracle Application Express. Other solutions with third-party technology can be moved to the cloud as well, but this case was very Oracle-oriented.

While there are times that physical hardware makes more sense than a cloud solution, it's true those cases are become more and more rare.

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