Digital transformation within SMEs

The benefits of the cloud

‘We moeten in de cloud werken,’ horen we vaak. Dat klopt, maar weet je ook waarom of hoe? In deze blog leggen we uit hoe de cloud en bijbehorende clouddiensten jou kunnen helpen.

Because what exactly are the advantages of software in the cloud? We build on our previous blog, where we talk about the IT infrastructure and initiating digital transformations within SMEs.

From servers in the closet to serverless working in the cloud

When you say IT infrastructure, you soon think of computer servers and the countless cables that connect these servers with each other and the outside world. In the past, these servers were often located in a server room on site. These servers had to be purchased and regularly renewed and contained operating systems that had to be manually installed, managed, maintained and, of course, secured. Expensive and a lot of hassle. Is there a better way? We distinguish between three levels:

  1. Server out of the closet. The servers are then no longer physically located at the company's premises, but, for example, in a hosting company's data centre.
  2. Server in the cloud. Your servers have been replaced by ‘virtual’ servers in the cloud. This means you actually rent a server and some tasks are automated by the cloud provider.
  3. Serverless. You have an application and a company like Microsoft, Google or Amazon simply makes sure this application is running. Of course there are still servers at play ‘behind the scenes’, but these are automatically managed and updated. That's what we want!

The benefits of working in the cloud

An important advantage of working in the cloud is its flexibility. A physical server has a fixed capacity. If it is too busy, the server gets overloaded and problems arise. It also works the other way around: when it's quiet, you still pay the full price for that server. After all, you can't just unscrew the server and sell it if you need it again a few hours later. Such fluctuations in load are common. For example, a web shop or supermarket where people mainly order in the morning and evening, making it extra busy on the server at those times, but quiet for the rest of the day. When you work in the cloud, you can withstand those varying loads. You can easily scale up or down the available capacity.

Another advantage is that you have fewer worries. You don't have to worry about your IT infrastructure as much as you used to. When using servers in the cloud, you already get rid of lots of expensive management work, and with a serverless setup, you're completely unburdened. Supply and demand are then automatically balanced. You can also easily arrange good emergency services such as backups and servers distributed across different locations, so that you are less prone to disruptions and your data is safe. In short, all the preconditions for a good IT infrastructure are facilitated for you, so that you can focus on what is really important: developing software applications that offer added value for your organisation.

How cloud services make your life even easier

The great thing is that companies like Microsoft and Amazon have already developed all kinds of ready-made cloud services that allow you to quickly build complex applications. For example, a video service that you can use to automatically create thumbnails for each newly uploaded video, or powerful search algorithms that can rapidly search your data stored in the cloud. Previously, this had to be programmed and a lot of code had to be written and maintained. By using cloud services and cleverly combining them, you don't have to do all that anymore. The cloud not only provides a flexible and maintenance-free IT infrastructure, but also offers opportunities to develop software faster.

Hopefully, the cloud and the digital transformation are a bit clearer now. In future blogs, we are going to give you the tools to make the digital transformation as smooth as possible.

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