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How cloud can transform your startup

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Many startups struggle in their initial days, the common problems faced are related to infrastructure, technology, and finances. It’s like carrying a huge and heavy backpack uphill to win the race or to make a mark in the industry. How about loosening those straps and removing the unwanted clutter and racing straight to the finish line? Cloud technology has proven in the past that it is the right lever which reduces the effort in the above mentioned goals.

Some of the objectives that cloud technology could help achieve are:
Speed up development cycles
Reduce operating costs
Swiftly scale-up with enhanced agility
Increase productivity
A report by Forbes states that by the end of 2015, organizations would have spent more than $180 billion on cloud services. Startups wouldn’t want to miss on the bus to leverage the maximum business advantages that cloud computing technologies can offer. Cloud adopted strategies will surely enable a startup to innovate and develop in an efficient manner.

The Webinar Key Takeaways:
1- Cloud computing – present insights and future trends
2- How cloud computing boosts the success factors of a startup
3- Defining decision making framework to evaluate cloud-readiness of your application
4- Guidelines and best practices for developing a Cloud Application

Publicada em: Tecnologia
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How cloud can transform your startup

  1. 1. Webinar: How Cloud Can Transform Your Startup
  2. 2. Panelists Bhavesh Raval Associate Architect Harbinger Systems Samir Shaikh Associate Architect Harbinger Systems © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  3. 3. Agenda • Architecture of cloud computing • Cloud computing – present scenario and future trends • How cloud computing boosts the success factors of a startup • Case Studies • Evaluating the cloud readiness of your application • Guidelines and best practices for developing a cloud application © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  4. 4. Cloud Revolution 1950’s • Era of Mainframe Computing • Shared a single processor and storage unit for multiple users 1970’s • Era of Virtual Machine/Server • Virtual machine with operating systems brought the revolution in IT industry 1990s • Concept of load balancing and use of physical devices in shared mode 2000s • Era of Cloud Computing © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  5. 5. • Cloud is essentially utility computing • Automated services • “Pay per usage” - services are billed as consumed • “Accessible Anywhere”- enabled via the internet • Elasticity in amount of services consumed • Transition from capital expense to operating expense Cloud Computing – The Era of Virtualization © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  6. 6. Software • SaaS (software‐as‐a‐service) • Applications available as an on-demand service • End‐user applications Platform • PaaS (platform‐as‐a‐service) • IT and developer tools for database and testing environments to build applications • Development or deployment activities Infrastructure • IaaS (infrastructure‐as‐a‐service) • Computing, Storage and Hosting Services • Network administrators Common Example Different Services Offered by Cloud • Email Service • Salesforce • Goto-Meeting • Microsoft Office 365 • Google Apps • Database Server • Application Development • Automation or Load Testing • OS • Directory Services • Virtual Servers • Cloud Storage • Application Hosting Environment © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  7. 7. Architecture of Cloud Computing © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  8. 8. Current Trends • Majority of Startups are using a cloud-based infrastructure • AWS leads in public cloud. Interest is building for Azure and Google. • In terms of users and revenues, Software-as-a-Service has the biggest share • Developers are flocking to PaaS for their enterprise applications. Microsoft Azure is most successful with its PaaS model. • Hybrid cloud is the popular choice • The challenge of cloud security is abating • Next-generation IT shapes up as Cloud + DevOps + Self- Service IT © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  9. 9. • Gartner predicts a continued strong growth in public cloud services, with a CAGR of 17% year on year through 2017 • SaaS is rapidly gaining adoption in enterprises, leading Gartner to forecast that more than 50% of enterprises will have some form of SaaS-based application strategy • Highest Growth rate is observed in cloud infrastructure services • Forrester, another analyst firm, predicts cloud will generate greater revenue potential which can clearly be seen from AWS and Rackspace Future of Cloud Computing: Gartner Survey © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  10. 10. Cloud: Fundamental Shift in IT © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  11. 11. • Economic Benefits – People – Hardware – Pay as you go – Time to Market • Improves service availability • Less worry about outages • 3 in 10 midsize firms adopting public cloud in the next five years • Easy integration for any app • Scale up and down quickly • Trusted Advisor • Global becomes standard Cloud: How will it Benefit a Startup? • Operational Benefits – Reduced Cost – Increased Storage – Automation – Flexibility – Better Mobility – Better use of IT staff © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  12. 12. Cloud: Startup Program • Various cloud providers have increased their focus on startup engagements and provide various program which benefit a startup – Amazon Web Services (AWS): AWS Activate program for startups – IBM: SoftLayer, an IBM company, has a startup incubator called Catalyst – Google Cloud Platform: The Google cloud platform startup pack favorable for startup – Microsoft Azure: Microsoft BizSpark program is one of the oldest and most popular program among the technology startups – Rackspace: Rackspace is one of the early cloud service providers to offer special packages for startups © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  13. 13. • Situation – A small Size startup that needs to develop, monitor and manage its internal systems • Challenge – The company does not have its own IT team, and IT knowledge is minimal • Solution – The company decides a managed service model based on cloud – By handing over responsibility to a third party, the startup benefits from lower capital costs (no IT personnel recruited, no new hardware/software required, no licensing issues) – The company is not distracted from focusing on its core responsibility i.e. growing the business Case Study 1- Startup Company © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  14. 14. Case Study 2- Hybrid Model • Situation – A manufacturing company that mostly uses Microsoft technologies and tools – The company has some legacy systems built on other platforms – A significant portion of company’s IT budget is allocated to maintaining applications on-premise server • Challenge – Deploying new on-premise applications takes too long – Infrastructure is used inefficiently – Less critical applications typically get low amount of attention from the IT staff – Company has to follow compliance and standard – Company wants performance and scalability solutions for better customer experience – Some application and data should be accessible from intranet © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  15. 15. Case Study 2- Hybrid Model • Solution – Company opted for Hybrid cloud model which solved all the previously mentioned challenges – Enabled them to maximize the strengths of both hosted and on- premise models © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  16. 16. Case Study 3- Idea Generation • Situation – When a company decides upon the branding and identity for a new product, it creates dozens of alternatives, and picks the best of these for testing and refinement. Generating the raw ideas that feed subsequent development processes, plays a critical role in innovation. • Challenge – Small and medium businesses need to compete with larger enterprises in developing custom B2B products & enterprise applications for web & mobile, at a rapid pace, yet at a fraction of cost involved so far © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  17. 17. Case Study 3- Idea Generation • Solution – PaaS technology allows developers to develop, test and deploy their software in one comprehensive environment – Single platform environment frees the developer from the need to tailor their applications to work on various OS and hardware – Clients benefit from Zero overheads and keeping 100% focus on Product Development & Go-to-market PaaS Model Benefits © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  18. 18. Evaluating the Cloud Readiness of Your Application • Is your app a web app? • Is your app native .NET/Java? • Do you use any interop to other technologies? • What database type do you use? • What kind of management/monitoring tools do you use on your app? • Can you assess the costs of cloud deployment for your app? • Determine the security risks that cloud deployment will reveal? • Upgrade costs? • Flexibility and transferability? • Scalability and redundancy capabilities? © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  19. 19. Cloud Based Development Best Practices- I • Design your application for cloud – Choose IaaS, PaaS or SaaS at appropriate places – Data storage options – Apply design patterns specific to cloud – Everything is a service: Use RESTful APIs – Decompose applications into logical components – Use cloud provided services – Technology choice – Load balancing and Auto-scaling strategy – Stateless web server – Using distributed caching if required – Use CDN to edge-cache static file assets (images and scripts) – Security at every layer © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  20. 20. Cloud Based Development Best Practices- II • Identify your strategy and approach to cloud • Evaluate various options for hosting the application- Public, Private community, Enterprise or Hybrid • Design for taking care for failures • Compute partitioning • Data consistency • Data partitioning • Data replication and synchronization • Instrumentation and telemetry • Automate everything © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  21. 21. Cloud Based Design – Single Server Image source: Rightscale© Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  22. 22. Cloud Based Design – Auto Scaling Architecture Image source: Rightscale© Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  23. 23. Cloud Based Design - Failover MultiCloud Architecture Image source: Rightscale© Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  24. 24. Summary • This is right time for Startups to outperform the big players by leveraging cloud offerings • There are varieties of cloud models available for different business solutions. One should have an understanding of one’s business requirement and map it with different offerings provided by cloud providers • Good technology partner who maps your business requirement with the cloud offerings is the need of today © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  25. 25. Q&A © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com
  26. 26. Thank You! Visit us at: www.harbinger-systems.com Write to us at: hsplinfo@harbingergroup.com Blog: blog.harbinger-systems.com Twitter: twitter.com/HarbingerSys (@HarbingerSys) Slideshare: slideshare.net/hsplmkting Facebook: facebook.com/harbingersys LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/382306 © Harbinger Systems | www.harbinger-systems.com

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