The 3 Coolest Cloud Trends You Will See This Year

Cloud is the most happening technology of this era. The industry witnesses rising of true cloud architecture, changing service provisioning, and growing adoption of the platform. The way cloud technology is revolutionizing the small to mid-scale businesses, stereotype architecture, and traditional vendors, we can expect the emergence of new trends in the very near future. In this article, I have shared information about the three coolest cloud trends of this year.

SMBs Moving to Cloud

Adoption of cloud platform is not limited to big organizations in this time. It becomes more cost-effective with the avant-garde updates so that the SME can also afford to go to the cloud. Rather than a trend, cloud adoption is necessary for the small to medium scale businesses to maximize the sale by utilizing scalable market demographics.

Let’s have an example of Microsoft Office 365. It is a cloud-based product and a replica of what we used to in a typical office infrastructure that is Microsoft Exchange email. Office 365 contains all the latest functionalities that are offered by any cloud server under the set of basic services. Implementation of Microsoft Office 365 enables businesses to run their operations without investing in hardware or license for the entire server. For the quick and easy adoption of this product, all you need to do is host a few mailboxes through another hosting provider.

Additionally, Office 365 mailboxes offer add-on services to boost the functional performance of the product. There are other additional tools such as additional file storage, analytics, backup, etc. that make this product more attractive and appeal to SMEs across the globe to use it for business enhancement. Use of such breakthrough tools drives incredible opportunities for service providers in terms of earning recurring revenue. The end users can also get the benefit of least investment by adopting this product.

This is just one case. In the running year, we will see many more such instances of cloud adoption by SMBs. Moreover, IT market space is going to experience the largest service adoption shift with increasing acceptance cloud platform.

Transformation of Distribution Channel

No need to follow a classical distribution model! It’s an old pattern where distributors used to move physical boxes software and hardware to facilitate consumers with the cloud services. But, vendors are now changing their focus from physical goods onto service provisions.

New service provisioning enables traditional distributors not only provide services from their own data center, but also they can turn into aggregated cloud distribution companies that facilitate their re-seller channels with all the available ISV (Independent Software Vendor) services that they can consolidate under one invoice.

So, in upcoming time, the cloud services will focus on traditional distribution channels. When selecting cloud vendors, service providers facilitate them with the preferences for services that come with easy integration, flexibility, and management of onboarding tools.

Emergence of Cloud Architecture

Tremendous cloud advancements are changing the understanding of a true cloud architecture. Though cloud is a quite trending technology since last few years, the industry follows the old cloud computing models for service offerings. Cloud vendors deliver the services from a shared platform and from a centralized location to address the IT needs of corporate and SMEs.

Introducing powerful trends in 2017, the cloud industry will soar to new heights in the realm of IT technology. The industry will have a true cloud architecture that will be the foundation of the cloud market. It is far beyond from just provisioning individual customers to individual services. It will focus on cloud service delivery and architecture management layer that come first when we talk about actual commodity cloud services.

All those cloud vendors who are not able to deliver multi-tenant, multi-tiered and white-labeled, management-delegated, and security separated solution, they will lose new business in the running year. Businesses and service providers are looking for a next-generation cloud solution that permits them to sign in their own re-seller and sub-seller, distributors and sub-distributors, and has the capability to create multiple users (according to their role and responsibility) for multiple departments. To be successful in this year, all cloud service providers have to offer these functionalities. This will be a critical service differentiation in the near future.

Upcoming innovations in the cloud industry open the door of unpredictable opportunities for business and service providers. Another way to achieve success is, cloud service providers can offer packaging and selling ISV hosted services using current ecosystems without investing much. For SMBs, new opportunities are knocking the door. They can replace in-house IT infrastructure with cloud-based services and take the benefit of the Opex model of service consumption.

Being a leading AWS cloud service provider, Intuz keeps exploring the new updates and latest technology enhancements of the cloud industry. Early adoption of all cloud technology enables us to develop robust cloud solutions for the client and help them in simplifying and automating their business operations at least investments.

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No Room for Objections: 5 Misconceptions About Disaster Recovery

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It’s just the start of a new beginning! The financial year will also end up after a couple of months. So, I assume entrepreneurs are busy in preparing their budget cycle for 2017. All of you must be engaged in deciding where to invest, which technologies deliver maximum ROI with minimum investment, how to improve, optimize and automate business processes, and much more.

While searching for answers to the above questions, you might be going through several IT plans and resolutions. We would like to help you a bit by drawing your attention towards Disaster Recovery. Interacting with the clients on Disaster Recovery, we found that organizations avoid adopting DR due to few misconceptions.

Being an AWS Certified Consulting Partner, Intuz team has a thorough understanding of DR and its importance for the security of an organization’s IT infrastructure. Let’s work together to overcome from rootless illusions of disaster recovery and gain seamless business continuity.

5 Misconceptions About DR

Having Backup System In-place

There is no point in comparing DR with backup systems. Both are completely different. When disaster strikes, backup systems take days or hours to recover your data. However, DRaaS restores the data in minutes or seconds in a highly automated fashion. DR systems are tested in advanced, so whenever the disaster occurs, the infrastructure can be recovered quickly through a fully tested and proven failover system.

DR Costs a Lot

Usually, businesses are under the impression that DR is a burden on their budget. They assume DR as secondary data centers with HVAC, second copies of all servers, as well as a space to store the data and manage the IT networks. Additionally, businesses believe that DR systems sit idle until the disaster strikes. So, along with set up and installation, they have to bear the maintenance cost.

Due to advanced innovations, DR facilitates organizations with several other cutting-edge options without sacrificing recoverability of IT systems. Cloud-based disaster recovery is termed as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). It enables businesses failover of virtual machine to secure cloud locations.

When it comes to cost, DR charges as per your usage. It offers an on-demand pricing model, so the costs are remarkably low. DRaaS allows organizations to take advantage of high-end security and compliance within the cloud platform without compromising the ability to failover in a time of need. Instead of building and managing a secondary data center, adoption of DRaaS is quite cost effective.

No Scopes for Natural Disaster

You might argue, your geographical location facilitates you with good weather all the time. There are rare chances for any natural disaster. Here, the word “Disaster” doesn’t just refer to natural calamities; it can be caused due to human errors as well.

If you analyze, most of the outages are the result of human error or malicious attacks. Organizations are also susceptible to upgrade problems, bad coding, and power outages. All such circumstances are out of IT team’s control. Using the robust DR plans offered by market leaders like AWS, you can easily recover the IT infrastructure when the inevitable happens.

We Don’t Have Outages

It seems quite unrealistic that an organization hasn’t experienced any outage ever. Generally, small outages are ignored by the companies. But, over the course of a week, a month and a year, it affects the downtime severely. This will end up by adding unplanned expense in your budget. Moreover, downtime creates a negative impact on company’s reputation, employee productivity, and customer loyalty.

Rather than avoiding the outages, organizations have to plan out effective and reliable DR strategy. It helps them in managing the data securely during/after outages, maintenance windows, attacks, patch and upgrade problems, etc.

Little Downtime Is Easy-to-Manage

Few businesses are quite sure about managing a few minutes of downtime. Some of the organizations argue that they don’t have many consumer-facing applications, so they are fine with a little bit downtime.

Downtime affects your revenue profoundly. The millennials are asking for instant access to everything. Therefore, organizations who run their business through online platform have to be ready to bare a considerable revenue loss as a result of downtime.

People are more sensitive to an interruption in the service. If your application or software or website takes a few minutes for downloading, they will leave the respective platform immediately. Because of the bad experience, users will never come back again on your website or application. It directly reduces customer loyalty and business ROI.

Intuz has a team of AWS Certified Professionals who help small to large scale organizations in creating smart disaster recovery strategies in order to achieve advanced security for their IT infrastructure. Following AWS guidelines for DR planning, we assure businesses about the safety of data or application, omit data loss and high-level availability for solutions.

What is MBaaS? Explore Its Key Benefits for Agile Mobile App Development

There was a time when website was quite necessary to reach out more customers and expand the business. Now mobile app becomes mandatory to have a powerful online presence. Are you planning to build up a mobile app? Then, we have something very important for you that is MBaaS.

What is MBaaS?

Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) is a cloud computing platform that connects company’s mobile app with the relevant database and servers through software development kits (SDKs) and application program interfaces (APIs). MBaaS works as an intermediary that manages all backend connections of mobiles so that developers can deliver the best user experience.

MBaaS supports mobile apps by offering various backend services such as push notifications, cloud database storage, social networking integration, and more. As per Wikipedia, “Although a fairly nascent industry, trends indicate that these services are gaining mainstream traction with enterprise consumers.”

Design a dynamic MBaaS strategy to build up exclusive and highly functional mobile apps for your business. Here’re key benefits of MBaaS adoption.

Advantages of MBaaS for Agile Mobile App Development

  • Quicker Development Life Cycle

    MBaaS platform allows developers for faster development of enterprise-class mobile apps by providing ready-to-use backend integration layers and infrastructure. It reduces the efforts of developers for building the standard functions again and again that are commonly used in almost every mobile apps. Additionally, it helps in resolving complicated coding in a fraction of seconds.

    So, it enables developers to concentrate on creating a delightful front-end for mobile apps. Ultimately, adoption of MBaaS reduces time, efforts and money for mobile app development.

  • Greater Mobile App Performance

    Authenticated MBaaS services provider follows rigorous optimization and testing process to improve the performance of the app. When development, integrations, configuration and deployment of mobile app backend services took place in an isolated environment, you can have a surety of getting a secure app.

  • Smooth Integrations

    Success of a mobile app depends on its capability of fetching the relevant data that the company is already looking for. To get the perfect output, MBaaS sets a seamless and consistent integration among mobile backend and application database or server. Mobile app fetches required data from the database, connects it with the mobile backend, and displays the data on mobile app front-end to deliver fantastic user experience.

  • Data Management

    Smooth data integration can be achieved with logical data management. Design a workflow for MBaaS based mobile apps that involves a thoughtful decision on what data will be accessed by the app, how the app will access the data and how to maintain the security of database. Such rational flow generates perfect output of required details to the customers.

    Moreover, leverage MBaaS to connect various company data such as RSS feed and database with the mobile app. Online and offline access to various internal and external resources and data help on-field workers to increase their productivity and perform their job efficiently.

  • Better App Analysis

    Establish a robust MBaaS environment that keeps track of API traffic and provides details insights about app’s traffic. App owners can access the details of what is happening in their apps; who is actively accessing the app; and who are the most engaged users. Through the app analysis, app owners can convert their weakness into strengths as well as drive more and quality traffic on the app.

  • End-to-End Mobile Experience Offering

    Create sleek front-end of the app that seamlessly interacts with app architecture and backend services. Moreover, the app works seamlessly with your enterprise workflow to attain organizational objectives quickly. So, don’t miss to deliver an end-to-end experience to the customer to increase their engagement.

Thus, Intuz uses the power of MBaaS to keep a focus on delivering engaging in-app experience rather than managing the cloud backend of data-driven apps. Using the capabilities of MBaaS, we develop and deploy robust mobile apps that require less investment in terms of maintenance and optimization.

How Beacon Technology Expands Horizon of IoT and Cloud

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In recent time, the most user-friendly technology under IoT umbrella is beacon. Organizations are using the capabilities of beacon to develop consumer facing enterprise apps. Cloud is also one of those technologies that facilitate businesses to connect consumers and workers through robust cloud applications. Beacon can be used with low powered Bluetooth modules to track users through offices, stores and factories, and send push notifications in context to mobile apps.

Google launched a new system Eddystone in the mid of the year 2015. This release has empowered the world of beacon technology. So, development of revolutionary mobile apps become easier with the integration of beacons, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) than ever before. All the leading mobile app development companies are looking forward to leverage these platforms and set the best development practices for consumer facing mobile apps building.

When these three technologies interact with each other, it guarantees of simplex mobile app development of complex business processes. It helps customers and employees to perform their activities successfully and efficiently. It enables enterprises to increase client engagement and employee productivity.

Nowadays, basic form of beacon technology is everywhere around us. But as we are discussing to combine it with Cloud and IoT, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to build a next generation mobile app without the help of highly experienced industry experts. Tie up with an early adopter of beacon technology to have smart strategies in place for your mobile app. If the IT company holds long lasting experience in the realm of Cloud and IoT, then it is icing on the cake.

Here’re key strategies to evolve ground-breaking mobile app using the beacon technology.

Focus on Valuable Context Delivery

Beacon technology facilitates organizations to create location-based context. If the technology combines with GPS and other location-based technologies, it works as an add-on. GPS is the best technology to stay connected with customers through the context outdoors. It requires conjunction with consumers’ installed app to provide the information. But beacon is more reliable while it comes to sharing context inside.

Another popular approach for useful context offering is printed Quick Response (QR) codes. It establishes linking amongst cloud application and physical object. However, to know the QR code content, users have to scan the code manually from printed stickers. So, it adds another layer of location management.

Beacon facilitates companies to send automatic push notifications to the users about products and services. Interaction amongst beacon and back-end cloud application enables organizations to keep all the data updated dynamically at cloud platform. It helps business to make accurate business decisions using the latest data.

Connectivity Amongst Virtual and Physical

Combination of these technologies builds robust mobile apps that create a bridge between the virtual world and physical things. Let’s take an example of museums; earlier the owners tend to use QR codes to push out background information about different art pieces to the users. These days, they use beacon to send the same information on the dedicated mobile apps in faster and better way.

For the beacon technology projects, along with unique development, connection of beacon with cloud application and web application is equally essential. Include all the necessary and advanced functions in one-time development, so consumers need not to download the new apps every time. Develop next generation mobile applications and deliver immersive experiences to the users along with something they can take away. It also drives cost cutting for the businesses.

By creating treasure, organizations can attract the consumer. For an instance, create a treasure app to deliver surprise gift to the users. While the users are moving into the museum, allow them to install and unlock the app in mobile and offer them the gift. It creates an aura of excitement across the users while they are going through the museum.

Custom Prototype Establishment

Define advanced strategies for your beacon project to improve customer engagement. Use various IoT kits such as Particle.io Photon and Estimote beacon that contain Wi-Fi radio, outputs of driving sensors and motors, and processors. Define a customized beacon protocol for integration of different IoT kits as per the requirements. With the tailored protocol, it is quite easy for businesses to manage a fleet of beacons.

There might be few concerns with the power supply to the physical box of the beacon. The issue can be resolved up to some extent by using the rechargeable battery, solar power or power cords. Additionally, integration of content management system with beacon technology based mobile apps simplifies content updating process.

Linking with Objects

Traditional beacons send Universal Unique Identifiers (UUIDS). It is a 128-bit number that is used to identify any entity or object uniquely on the internet. This number connects the back-end of cloud application with a dedicated mobile app. Now businesses use Eddystone, a latest open source technology from Google. It allows businesses broadcasting website URL to users or add it in the beacon. Users can access the content and information from the website using the browser without mobile apps.

Eddystone is a technology that runs on a Google browser for Apple users. The beta channel of this beacon technology works on Chrome for Android. It is expected this strategy of Google enables Apple iBeacon to send URLs very soon.

Implementation of these strategies enables businesses to increase consumer base through progressive web applications. Beacon based mobile apps start their life as a web application, but gradually they become app-like.

To leverage an innovative mobile app based on incredible combination of the beacon, Cloud, and IoT technologies, get in touch with us. Develop highly dynamic mobile apps that offer streamlined business process at least investment.

Journey To The Center Of The Cloud: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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What clicks in your mind when you heard the word AWS?

It’s none other than the Sun in the sky of cloud computing.

However, the voyage from a startup to a tech giant took almost a decade. Several stories and rumors are there on the foundation of AWS. In the very early stage, Amazon Web Services was the part of Amazon.com.  Today, the Infrastructure as a Service provider company becomes a tech brand with the remarkable $10 billion run rate.

If you talk about the market presence of the AWS, the company is leading the market tough other market leaders are also participating in this race. See the survey of Synergy Research.

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Ideation of the AWS was started in 2000 when it was a quite different firm. Surprisingly, it was an e-commerce startup struggling with scale issues. The problems of scaling insisted the company to attain hyper growth by developing some powerful internal systems. It was the first step from Amazon that moved towards evolution of AWS.

In a summit at Washington DC, AWS CEO revealed the journey of Amazon Web Services. He explained about the core systems that were developed during the time of three years, 2000-2003. He admitted while working on these systems, the team never realized that they were moving ahead something very momentous.

Development of Internal Systems

In the very initial phase, Amazon thought to unveil an e-commerce service called Marchant.com. The plan was to facilitate the 3rd party merchants to develop online shopping sites on the Amazon’s e-commerce engine.

However, later on, they realized it was quite harder to build up such an external system as it was not compatible with long term future requirements. They created a jumbled mess rather than a structured development environment. To create a centralized and organized development platform, they had to separate their various services.

Here the company took a step ahead to build up AWS by untangling the mess into a set of documented APIs. While it worked smoother for Marchant.com, they implemented it for the internal staff of the company too.

“So very quietly around 2000, we became a services company with really no fanfare.”

– Andy Jassy, AWS CEO

During the same time, as the company was growing quickly, they were hiring new professionals. But they were not able to achieve fasten application development. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos realized this issue while he confronted a running complaint.

A team of executives supposed to complete a project within three months. But, he noticed it was taking three months in building storage or compute instances and database only. He observed everyone was preparing their own resources for an individual project, with no thoughts of reuse or scale.

He realized Amazon staff had to plan out a set of common infrastructure services so that everyone could access the data without reinventing the wheel now and then. Here the company felt they have to think something bigger.

Formation of an Amazing Idea

In 2003, Jessy asked his executives to conduct an exercise that was to identify company’s core competencies. As a result, they came to know their exceptional competency in terms of running infrastructure services such as storage, database and compute. Amazon staff was already performing excellent in serving to a large range of products as well as fulfilling and shipping orders.

Additionally, they came to know about their skills at running cost-effective, reliable, and scale data centers. Being a startup, they had to be as efficient and lean as possible.

Thus, the idea of AWS started to formulate, and they began to find if they had an additional business providing infrastructure service to developers.

“In retrospect it seems fairly obvious, but at the time I don’t think we had ever really internalized that.”

 – Andy Jassy, AWS CEO

Advanced Internet Operating System

In the summer of 2003, they had thought to launch a set of internet operating system. But, execution of the idea took time.

“If you believe companies will build applications from scratch on top of the infrastructure services if the right selection [of services] existed, and we believed they would if the right selection existed, then the operating system becomes the internet, which is really different from what had been the case for the [previous] 30 years,”

– Andy Jassy, AWS CEO

In the Fall of 2003, the company concluded that this was a green technology field where all the components needed to run the internet OS had yet to be build.

“We realized we could contribute all of those key components of that internet operating system, and with that we went to pursue this much broader mission, which is AWS today, which is really to allow any organization or company or any developer to run their technology applications on top of our technology infrastructure platform.”

– Andy Jassy, AWS CEO

Then, the company started working on this direction, and the rest is history. After few years, the company introduced their Infrastructure as a Service. No doubt, it took a considerable amount of time, but now it is one of the most lucrative businesses.

In 2006, AWS officially launched a modern cloud infrastructure called Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. AWS was the single player in this market for a long way, so the company holds the major market share. However, today Microsoft, Google, IBM and other are participating in cloud competition strongly. For the Amazon’s incredible success and achievement, Jassy said

“I don’t think any of us had the audacity to predict it would grow as big or as fast as it has.”

So, it was a quite interesting journey. Amazon has built and utilized the cloud platform since pretty long. And they saw to the tech industry, nothing less than the future of computing.

Intuz feels proud to be the part of such a huge cloud network. Being an AWS Consulting Partner, we offer a wide range of Amazon cloud services starts from migration, deployment, consultation, cost analysis, DevOps, and disaster recovery. Looking for an authenticated cloud service provider? Speak to our AWS certified professionals.