Benefits of Moving Mission Critical Applications In The Cloud

by | Jun 4, 2015 | Cloud & Hosting

Mission Critical Applications In The Cloud – When and Why?

Mission critical applications in the cloud are ones that are necessary for the day-to-day operations of a business, and if it fails has the potential to harm a business’ long-term sustainability. For example, Netflix’s ability to instantly stream tv shows and movies, or a fast food restaurant’s ability to quickly and efficiently cash customers out, could both be considered mission critical. Transferring mission critical applications over to the cloud has recently become a trend for many organizations. Currently, 1 in 3 mission critical applications are already on the cloud, a number that is expected to rise to half by 2015 (The Next Web). Many businesses, however, are still wary of making the move as they’re not sure if their data will safe or if instant access will be guaranteed. So how can a business tell if a mission critical application is ready to move to the cloud?

1: A Backup Strategy

Potential damage to a business could be catastrophic if it loses access to the cloud and is unable to use mission critical applications at any given time, or if the data is lost entirely and there is no possible way to recover it. However, if there is a suitable backup connection that offers services at full capacity, there’s no loss of service in the event the primary internet connection fails temporarily. Or if there are data protection services, such as those by InvenioIT, where computer failure and data loss are 100% guaranteed, then the data and services are secure and it’s a good sign an application is ready for the cloud.

2:Application-Centric 

If the application is older software, built to work on machines, or heavily infrastructure-centric, then chances are it is not ready for the cloud. For example, if the IP addresses and other configuration options are hard-coded into the application, if servers have been manually configured without being documented and tested, or if systems run on outdated libraries or application servers, these are signs an application isn’t ready for the cloud. Modern applications, however, tend to be application-centric. Newer applications are more likely to use application programming interfaces, software oriented architecture, such as software-defined availability, which makes them cloud friendly.

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Benefits Of Moving Mission Critical Applications In The Cloud

Mission critical applications have been running smoothly without the cloud for years, so if it is such a hassle and not all software is cloud friendly, why make the move? For starters, the price. Mission critical applications in the cloud have lower upfront and long-term maintenance costs than in-house or infrastructure-centric applications. This is because a business doesn’t have to buy the whole package. Instead, they can pick and chose what resources they need and how much they need. Once it is up and running, an organization doesn’t have to manage, update, or maintain the software themselves and new features and bug fixes are made more frequently.

Though moving applications to the clouds may seem less secure, risk can be mitigated by spreading data over several suppliers and servers or by having a preexisting backup strategy. Through cloud computing, services are delivered quicker and more efficiently, and companies that have mission critical applications in the cloud will have an advantage over those who do not in the coming years.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives — selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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