Organisations seeking an infrastructure delivery model that is innovative and flexible with a global reach, and the added major advantage of no substantial upfront hardware investment, are increasingly looking to the cloud for solutions. But within the realm of cloud solutions, there are numerous choices. Making the right decision as to which will deliver the best fit your organisation is where Centrality’s expertise comes to the fore.
In only paying for actual consumption, businesses are able to trade capital expense for variable expense whilst enjoying considerable economies of scale. Where outside of the cloud there has always been a need to guess infrastructure capacity, inside the cloud this need is eliminated and requirements can be scaled up and down as needed. Speed and agility are much enhanced and budgets are lowered drastically thanks to eliminating the need for costly physical data centres.
With our expert help and under a closely controlled plan, all or part of your existing IT infrastructure can be migrated seamlessly to the cloud. We can also successfully move any specific legacy applications to cloud based alternatives. Our UK-based enterprise grade cloud solutions have already transformed the operations of numerous businesses nationwide. Centrality’s cloud specialists truly understand the intricate architecture of this platform and have an in-depth understanding of how to create a robust IT infrastructure in this type of environment.
With considerable investment ploughed into research and development, our clients know the platforms recommended by Centrality are of the highest calibre. They also know that recommendations are based on bespoke requirements and a thorough understanding of the present and future IT needs of their organisation. In other words, our recommendations are based solely on what is right for an individual organisation. There are no underlying commercial allegiances.
The cloud can be broken down into three types of service, and selecting the right service for your individual requirements will help you strike the right balance of control. This crucial selection is something Centrality’s experts will closely guide you through.
Software as a Service (SaaS): Office 365 is categorised as SaaS. It puts Microsoft’s Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote) online together with SharePoint, Lync and Exchange. In other words, users can access the applications they need from any device, any time; any place.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): IaaS is a form of cloud computing that delivers virtual computing, storage and network resources via the internet. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are the best known of the IaaS models.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): PaaS is a model that delivers software and hardware tools via the internet, allowing applications and services to be developed, hosted and managed. Microsoft Azure can also be used as a PaaS.
UK Based Private Cloud
This is an onshore, UK based platform that offers the power, efficiency and features of the public cloud but with the enhanced security, control and performance available from a dedicated environment. Ideally suited to public sector organisations where user and business security is crucial.
With Office 365, users enjoy secure, round the clock access to all their familiar applications and files, online or offline, desk based or on the move. Software is automatically updated to the latest version so the entire organisation is running on a uniform platform.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Cloud
AWS is a comprehensive, scalable and secure cloud platform. We use it on an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) basis for computing power, content delivery, database storage and other functionality. The robust, high-performance core of AWS and the resulting minimal outage impact is something we have deemed particularly beneficial, as is the fact that everything offered by the platform is billed on a usage-only basis.
Azure Public Cloud
Azure by Microsoft can be used as both platform (PaaS) and infrastructure (IaaS) and delivers a range of services that can be used to develop services and applications of a scalable nature. It is developed around a versatile structure which supports a number of frameworks and tools, both Microsoft based and third party.