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Last Updated: 11 July 2019
Shift to Cloud, Scale your Business, Have your Edge
Akhil Baby | Head – Cloud & QA CoE (Offshore) Ignitho Technologies About the author Orginally Published: 11 July 2019

In the introductory blog on scalable cloud implementation, we have discussed why the enterprises should go for the cloud strategy along with the services you could deploy in your business. Here we are looking at a different angle of cloud execution where the benefits shoot in. 

Changing the very basic way in which the enterprises pay for the resources utilized, cloud implementation has been flying beyond the advancements it is bringing to the business flexibility and scalability. As I discussed in my previous blog, the pay-per-use model enables the users to procure scalable spaces for their immense resources depending on demand, thereby enabling the payment only for what they use. This has been incredible for the CTO’s when compared to the archaic versions of storage as they required huge capital investments in the long run. 

Here I will share the key benefits of using Scalable Cloud Implementation for your basic understanding before scaling up the business. 

 Performance 

The core benefit of scalability of cloud is its high performance. The in-built architecture has the capacity to handle heavy bursts of traffic and workloads with ease.  

Cost-efficient 

It allows your business to develop without compromising the current infrastructure setup. The pay-per-use model enables the subscribers to either rent or subscribe to the scalable cloud-based services (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS or DaaS) which can be instantly scaled up or down as per the need.  

 Easy and Quick 

The supplementary resources are immediately available without any delay once the payment is done by commissioning additional VMs, making scaling up and out in the cloud much simpler.  

 Capacity 

Scalability makes sure to proportionally increase the cloud space with the growth of your business. For the incessantly developing business with a heavy workload, scalable cloud implementation is one of the most compliant solutions accessible in the industry.  

How to maximize Cloud Scalability? 

The cloud computing streamlines provisioning, de-provisioning and re-deploying resources through automation. When you notice a surge or drop in the use of one of your applications, you can provision the cloud to scale up or down instantly. This feature of the storage coupled with a feasible plan, data protection solutions and vigilance can boost your business further. There are many ways to draw the most out of the cloud by maximizing its scalability.   

Auto-scaling is a feature that is offered by many cloud providers which automatically scale the capacity either up or down on-demand. It works by specific policies or thresholds defined by the user which will mechanically trigger the creation or expansion of an instance; eliminating the need to monitor the traffic and the resources used by each application constantly. Thus, employing auto-scaling you can reduce the effort put in by IT system administrators on managing and supporting infrastructure. 

The load balancers extend an alternative to auto scaling by allocating workloads to various nodes to equalize the unused resources. They receive the incoming traffic and act as a medium of provision along with monitoring the health of both the instance and the nodes. 

Another way to maximize cloud scalability is to employ container orchestration. This method has become a common way to create scalable and portable infrastructure. The containers require fewer resources and offer more flexibility when compared to the VMs, as they share OS and other related components. They deploy voluminous identical application instances making them an efficient way in scaling up certain micro-services. It is also important to determine the suitable containerization of every application by constantly assessing them.

Testing for scalability is as important as the assessment of the applications. This will ensure that you don’t face major issues while scaling the application later.  

Revolutionizing the IT domains, through infrastructure and virtualization the cloud has made its presence throughout the ecosystem. The enterprises will remain in this trend of utilizing the cloud resources for another era for sure as they incessantly offer competitive advantage over archaic solutions. So, the question is to be or not to be in the trend and be par with your competitors. 

Akhil, a senior professional with Cloud, Security and Infrastructure expertise brings in close to a decade's experience in Application Support. A Microsoft certified professional and a BSNL certified network engineer with the additional skills in system administration, firewalls, and switches. Read More

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