Data Centers Meet Consumer Demands with Cloud Platform Offerings

June 6, 2022  |  Pavel Shkilionak

Since the first days when technology entered the modern workplace, business owners have always required reliability, availability, and security when it comes to data support.

Today, most business owners understand that the benefits of using a cloud platform meet those needs and far outweigh the more traditional hardware-laden data center. The older data center resources aren’t in demand like they used to be because they don’t fit the business landscape.

What cloud support and services should data centers offer to stay competitive? What cloud platforms appeal to business owners and simultaneously meet internal data center needs?

Meeting Changing Demands

Business owners’ interests have shifted from hardware to the cloud-based business services provided by data centers. Cloud service providers like Amazon, Azure, and Google are in high demand, and the need continues to grow. The global cloud computing market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.7% from 2022 to 2030.

With the rapid pace of changes and consumer pressure on the business world, it makes sense. The landscape is continually shifting around the globe. Technology is constantly developing, and outside influences tend to be unpredictable.

If data centers want to remain competitive, they need to offer technologies that adapt to the changing environment and allow them to take advantage of all the new opportunities that come to market. The benefits of using a cloud platform begin with the adaptability of working in the cloud.

So, what are all the benefits of using a cloud platform? For business owners, the benefits include:

  • Adaptability to new technologies.
  • Affordability and easy maintenance.
  • A reduced need for onsite IT services and resource allocation.
  • Fast external support.
  • Easy automatic updates.
  • Organized cloud architecture and infrastructure.
  • Data recovery in the event of a disaster.

Data centers that can provide a platform that integrates existing business resources and offers additional cloud services will add value to IT resources. It’s the only way to keep up with the market and stay viable in the ever-changing world. An integrated platform meets business needs for cloud services while automating the management of data center resources—reducing CAPEX and improving efficiency.

What Should Data Centers Look for in a Cloud Platform?

The ideal option for most data centers is to use an open-source cloud platform.  It’s not a secret that open source is our future. More and more solutions are increasingly built predominantly on open source, and some solutions are available only in open source.

When considering a cloud platform, datacenter owners should focus on the functionality for end-users and customers. However, it’s also essential to consider the internal functionality for data centers. An ideal modern cloud platform will be a ready-made, easy-to-use business management tool for the data center owner’s team.

The most well-known cloud platforms are Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure. There are, of course, many smaller and specialized platforms as well, including IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure (C&SI) and IBM Cloud (Bluemix) platforms. In 2021, there was a 37% increase in enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services. The market demand continues to grow as companies need solutions for networking, storage, and more.

At IBA Group, we have many different areas of expertise in cloud platforms. Our experience in cloud application development and deployment includes Bluemix, AWS, Azure, GCP, C&SI, and app development on SAP HANA.

We created the ICDC Open Source Cloud Platform using our expertise and experience. It is a ready-to-use platform for cloud hosting business.

We have our own data center, and therefore we perfectly understand business owners’ needs.

On the one hand, our platform optimizes business processes, not only due to virtual automation but also thanks to a special service for business owners – Location Admin, which allows a cloud provider to:

  • Set a tariff plan and issue invoices to customers, no matter the locale.
  • Receive money from customers using an internet payment system.
  • View detailed reports on the services and resources used and their cost for each customer.
  • Renew subscriptions to all services without extra effort and interruptions of services.

On the other hand, our platform is specific because business owners can offer their clients not only a standard set of cloud services, such as virtual machines and storage but can also expand their pool of clients in the IT sector. We offer a large stack of development services, such as:

  • OpenShift – Kubernetes container platform,
  • DevOps – DevOps as a Service,
  • Projects – DevOps and OpenShift projects management,
  • Code – store code in a secure way,
  • Artifactory – repository management for storing artifacts,
  • and others.

The robust system allows our customers to externalize non-core activities (such as IT creation and development). We offer many different solutions, including those based on service models like SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

If you would like to learn more about any of our cloud services and support, please contact us today. We’re happy to share insights and information to ensure you have the cloud platform access and support you need to meet today’s demands.

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