Transform your organisation’s IT infrastructure allowing the delivery of computer applications and services through networks or the Internet leveraging its flexibility, cost efficiency and fast deployment to improve your business operations efficiency.
Embrace the cloud to increase flexibility and reduce costs.
The way we work is changing. From SME to large Enterprises we need to adapt to new ways of working, allowing people to work in any team, anywhere, any time and on any device. This requires a change in technology but also in business processes and culture.
Key developments in IT such as new data center architecture and fast internet infrastructure alongside development of software for deploying platforms allowed organisations to selectively outsource their computing needs to third party providers and access the results remotely through a real time communication network, potentially reducing their needs for storage and computing power in the local devices.
As a result this offers them the benefit of selectively using the hosted services as required based on their business needs without the expense of purchasing, maintaining and upgrading the related hardware and software tools.
These organisations are adopting cloud to benefit from the flexibility, responsiveness and cost-efficiencies that cloud computing offers. The transition to a cloud environment is a significant enterprise undertaking that has a tremendous impact on the way IT operations unfold and the way services are delivered to business users.
Cloud technology has the potential to disrupt entire business models, giving rise to new approaches that are asset-light, highly mobile, and flexible thus rightfully characterized as a paradigm shift in recent industry reports. The total economic impact of cloud technology could be $1.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually in 2025 [McKinsey, 2013].
Cloud computing as a style of computing provides the following benefits [KPMG, 2011]:
- Pay-as-you-go model: Reduced the significant upfront capital expenditure which is needed to purchase and maintain IT infrastructure like hardware and software systems. Pricing in the Cloud is done on a usage based or subscription-based model which converts fixed into variable costs. The advantage of being cost-efficient makes the Cloud an attractive option, especially for SMEs.
- Multi-tenancy: The Cloud resources run in multi-tenancy mode which means multiple users can access the infrastructure simultaneously from different organisations. Multi-tenancy also allows service providers of the Cloud to take significant cost advantages and better profitability, allowing them to make more R&D investments. The benefits are passed-on to the Cloud users making the Cloud solution a cost effective option.
- Elasticity of resources: Services of the Cloud are available On-Demand which allows customers to upscale/downscale capacity without incurring any capital expenditures.
- Rapid deployment: Using Cloud-based applications is much easier than building new applications and data centers. Moreover, the entire management of the resources provided rests with the Cloud service providers themselves. The user interfaces of Cloud solutions are also very user friendly than the interfaces of traditional software.
- Access on the move: SaaS solutions are highly versatile and can be accessed through the internet from across the globe. A majority of SaaS solutions that are developed have user interfaces that are designed to work across screens of different sizes on computer or mobile systems.
- On-Demand self-service: The most important feature of the Cloud is that users can use computing capabilities as and when they require the same without requiring any human intervention from the service provider of the Cloud. The user would not have to worry about commissioning / decommissioning computing infrastructure as per utilization / requirements.
- Reduces carbon footprint: Technological advancements and financial limitations are indirectly contributing to a decrease in number of servers and energy consumption allowing also easier compliance to stringent environmental regulations.
The key business challenges to successful cloud adoption include the following:
- Costs associated with a migration to the Cloud: Careful consideration of financial costs, capabilities and lifespan of current vs cloud infrastructure.
- Privacy and security considerations: Risk management of potential security vulnerabilities in cloud systems linked with malevolent software attacks, breach of privacy, fraud or data leakage.
- Reliability and availability: Ensuring minimum instances of outages at the facilities of the Cloud service providers choosing reliable 99.9 percent up-time companies (approximately one hour of downtime in a year).
- Transition and execution risk: It is important to undertake a thorough risk assessment of the suitability of certain mission-critical applications to be used in the Cloud environments. The criticality of the application, availability of the Cloud services, loss due to outages, security/privacy breach, etc. need to be assessed based on feedback from all related enterprise departments.
- Cultural resistance: Clients may face organisational inertia as shifting to a Cloud environment may change the role of IT departments within the organisation, with potential workforce downsize as well as specialisation shift, from network and data center engineers to software engineers.
- Regulatory ambiguity, especially internationally: Cloud vendors choose a center for operations which is cost-effective and can support their operations (availability of bandwidth, power, etc.). However, these locations may not be suitable from a customer’s point of view due to security and regulatory compliance restrictions.
- Issues of taxation: The Cloud processes need to be monitored continuously to minimize tax exposures and risks. Revenues accrued using the Cloud services may trigger taxation issues in the Cloud service provider’s country as well as in the Cloud user’s country.
VCS offers end-to-end cloud computing services with strategic consulting to further transform the way organisations leverage IT. Incorporating the strategic transformation of processes, technologies and capabilities, our approach ensures the optimal mix of enhanced agility, reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximum Return on Investment (ROI). We use a highly structured approach to establish your business needs, assess the underlying technology components (such as infrastructure, applications, processes, policies etc.), and then deploy the appropriate cloud computing components to deliver reduced costs, enhanced flexibility, quick service delivery and improved efficiency.
Cloud Service Models
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Platform as a service (PaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS)
Our cloud services include the following:
Cloud Advisory Services
Cloud Deployment & Migration Service
Cloud Development & Assurance Service
|Cloud Strategy and Consulting
Let VCS guide you in identifying business and IT drivers for cloud strategies, defining a cloud roadmap, and selecting the right cloud platform.
|Cloud Infrastructure Services
We can help you plan, build and manage a cloud infrastructure using your choice of innovative cloud services.