Cloud technologies and services change business and this is reality. Clouds reduce costs, they make it possible to deploy IT infrastructure or individual solutions within the shortest possible time by means of lease of necessary resources and without long-term overpayment.
In the modern world the most precious thing for a company is time it needs to launch its business products in the market and it is impossible to imagine this process without IT component. It can take months to build classical infrastructure. In particular, in case of special equipment order and delivery timeframe can reach half a year or more.
We’re speaking about Cloud as an opportunity that permits to shorten time for creating company’s IT infrastructure – up to very few days. In this case, it will be appropriate to say: “it’s better to let business owner take care of its business rather than “leap over the IT infrastructure potholes” without proper preparation.”
*It should be pointed out that a Cloud is a software environment in which virtual machines can be launched. Clouds consist of hardware and virtualization software.
We’re discussing Cloud nature and its potential for business users with Gennadii Demchenko, head of sales department of DC|COSMONOVA Data Center
What are daily business targets the Clouds are most effective for?
It is mainly work related to the information array storage and processing, CRM (Client Relationship Management) systems, accounting systems, email systems, IP Telephony, implementation of specific software for project management, etc. Among the advantages, there are access and work possibilities for the specialists from the remote internet-connected sites. In general, this refers to the routine solutions that we use in the business activities.
Let’s briefly remind of three possible types of Clouds:
public Clouds mean a cloud infrastructure used by a number of companies/users at the same time. Public cloud is physically located at the provider’s premises, owned and managed by a provider. Public cloud mean the rules accepted for all data center clients. If a public cloud does not comply with corporate security policies, there is always one more option of private or hybrid cloud;
private Clouds mean a cloud infrastructure prepared to be used by one company. Such cloud can be owned, managed and maintained both by a company itself and by a provider;
hybrid Clouds mean a combination of two or more clouds (private or public).
DC|COSMONOVA Data Center offers all types of clouds: there are available standard options for you such as DC|COSMONOVA public clouds in Ukraine and Europe, private clouds that can be promptly deployed in our data center. Hybrid clouds for project targets can be arranged according to the detailed statement of work and customer’s requirements.
If neither of the offered options suits a customer or there is special software that cannot be put in the cloud or special security policy, we offer hybrid schemes for such cases. For example, infrastructure with partial use of cloud resources and partial use of data center colocation facilities. DC|COSMONOVA Data Center has capabilities to provide customers with hybrid schemes and we have a whole series of such cases; schemes are individual for each customer.
Pricing factors and cloud benefits on a short-term horizon – how profitable is it for the people counting money?
However to give a fuller picture, let’s start from the difficulties and expensiveness… If a customer expects to spend 5 years or more in prospect, it is most likely that for the most ambitious projects buying server room infrastructure and recognizing it in the company’s books, personnel costs, maintenance of equipment can be justified. Most probably, it is a case of the large companies, as for the small and medium businesses, five-year payback prospect is pointedly unreasonable. There is no need to keep secret that nowadays even the large companies regard project payback period as two-three years at the most, but in no way as a five-year plan, not to mention timeframe for moving company’s products to the target market. Currently server room construction cost is evidently reasonable if a company operates in the market requiring unprecedentedly high security level and local provider cannot ensure such security level.
In the event a business owner has vacant physical servers, funds for their placement in the data center and technical personnel, this variant is an alternative to the clouds, isn’t it?
Clouds are expedient and much has been said about that: data security, uninterrupted operation of business processes and quick start for reasonable money.
Are cloud platforms of DC|COSMONOVA Data Center the optimal business solution in the context of our talk?
Yes, we state this fact. We’d like to note that DС|COSMONOVA possesses high-technology cloud platform in Ukraine at the premises of its own data center and cloud platforms in Europe (in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, at the premises of well-known TIER3 and TIER4 data centers).
DC|COSMONOVA Data Center complies with TIER3 standard (level of infrastructure redundancy, physical security, reliability of infrastructure and architecture). It is maintained by 24/7 services, provided with stable internet channels, uninterruptible power supply and multi-level perimeter security system.
Range of data center services – from colocation, lease of the whole modules, physical servers (with private cloud deployment option), cloud servers to a number of out-of-the-box solutions based on cloud platforms.
In 2018 Cosmonova LLC launched the new, fourth queue of DC|COSMONOVA Data Center, having significantly extended technical capabilities for the future clients. The company obtained Certificate of CISS (Comprehensive Information Security System) of secure node from the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, this certificate makes it possible to meet the growing public sector requests.
We’d like also to mention that since 2019 COSMONOVA|NET is a Microsoft service partner within the framework of the international program named Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA). It permits to lease out licensed Microsoft products and use them for providing package of services to its customers.