As experts in custom-fit industrial software, we are increasingly developing cloud-compatible solutions. But we also prepare legacy software for the requirements of the cloud. Here are a few decision-making aids for anyone who wants to make their IT landscapes fit for the cloud.
Hard facts about hardware
Servers cause costs. The more complex and larger the IT landscape, the more servers are needed. Hosting and maintaining these can be expensive – especially if their location is to be state-of-the-art in terms of availability, support and security. In addition, data centers often have rigid portfolios and are relatively inflexible in their traditional form. This can be a stumbling block in an environment of fast-moving markets and swelling data flows, because a data center often cannot scale at the desired pace and with the necessary elasticity.
Even in the face of economic crises and uncertainty, the cloud is a recommendable, cost-saving alternative.
The cloud: virtuous because virtual
Against this background, the cloud brings significant advantages in terms of costs, flexibility, dynamics and efficiency. We summarize the most important ones here from a DevOps perspective.
Plattform as a service
Do you want to operate flexibly and cost-effectively on the market? The cloud enables you to do so. Because the way the cloud works allows us and you to put together the resources you need for your IT systems on a modular basis; this means we can adapt your applications and IT systems quickly and cost-effectively to the prevailing market situation. And in doing so, we have access to a large number of cloud services that have already been tried and tested.
- Booking of cloud services at the touch of a button
- Payment only for resources that are actually used
- Precise adaptation of resources to the respective load curve
- Huge selection of globally proven cloud services
Containers instead of an operating system
The cloud replaces physical containers with virtual ones. Unlike these, they do not need an operating system that has to be installed, monitored and maintained in addition to the application. Instead, the cloud runs individual software packages in containers that function similarly to small virtual machines. Everything that the code needs at runtime is contained in them: Libraries, configuration files, utilities and much more. This makes the containers practically self-sufficient, able to operate largely independently of their environment – ideal for the cloud.
- No additional effort for the maintenance of the operating system
- Compatibility with any type of system environment
- Continuous integration and continuous delivery
Data security in the cloud
Data backup in the cloud is as simple as it is secure. An example from the AWS Cloud: With the help of a back-up console, the data of an application can be stored centrally and automatically – depending on your preference either
- hybrid or
Whether databases, documents, or file systems, Storage Gateway automates and supports storage tasks that previously had to be created manually for each individual service, eliminating the need to create individual custom scripts and other manual processes.
Data storage policies can also be configured individually and in accordance with legal or corporate requirements and constantly checked for compliance. The application operator’s data compliance is thus ensured at all times – from the encryption of data and transmission paths to the monitoring of data traffic and the archiving of data.
- Centralization. This allows you to maintain an overview of all application data
- Automation. How to reduce manual efforts for data protection
- Policy compliance (e.g. DSGVO). How to maintain your data compliance
Conclusion and outlook
Professional software should have a suitable, secure and future-proof home. As classic data centers are aging in the face of new market dynamics, we recommend a move to the cloud. This offers business-critical applications not only a future-proof environment, but also an infrastructure that can be tailored precisely to the needs of each application. All in the spirit of customized solutions – which is what we stand for as a software house as a whole. We are happy to adapt your application to the requirements of the cloud.