This article explores the shared responsibility between cloud and app vendors and enterprises when it comes to the security of an enterprise’s cloud information. Who is responsible for what, and what can you do to ensure your name is kept out of the headlines?
And with the event that Microsoft partners from around the world await with bated breath, Microsoft Inspire, trending as #MSInspire was no less than a spectacle in every sense. While partner conferences are something that only large scale organizations put up, these events talk a great deal about the insights of the importance a vendor company is giving to its clients. With the major agenda of a sales event, these partner conferences give the clients a good sneak peek into the plans of the vendors and what their aims and goals are for the coming times. Focused on driving customer and partner engagements, MSInspire is usually setting goals for partners with a humungous limelight concentrated on recognitions and morale boosting of the inseparable part of their ecosystem. Focusing on multiple aspects that have seen a paradigm change,the graph of successful ventures is on the rise and new additions ensure that the same continues. Dynamic 365, PowerApps, AppSource, Azure Marketplace & AI were some of the key highlights of the entire 3 day hullabaloo and Vegas definitely seemed much brighter with MSInspire, as it does, year after year.
With its grandeur and exuberance soaring higher every passing year, Microsoft Inspire was a 3 days extravaganza with partners and MS geeks pouring in from all corners of the world. Hosted on the 15th, 16th and 17th July 2019, Microsoft Inspire was a huge platfom that offered immense opportunities to investors, partners and those wishing to walk the extra mile to realise the potential that technology has to offer.
With the arrivals starting on the 14th July, Microsoft had its First Time Attendee orientation sorted on the very same day and The Hub Preview by Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready. Taking off with Corenote at Microsoft Inspire, the major part of Day 1 was devoted to Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire followed by Social Hours with Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready and Area Celebrations to conclude the day with.
“The magic happens when your teams meet our technology. We come together in a partnership” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP for One Commercial Partner at MS Corp.
While the Corenote at Day1 worked towards valuing and empowering Microsoft Partners, it also drove a significant focus to democratise digital. Making the economies digital and democratizing it, part of the address by Judson Althoff, Executive VP of Worldwide Commercial Business at MS Corp was what ruled the Day1 which saw numerous attendees at the arena for the CoreNote and then some more at the various halls put up for interaction of the partners with the core teams.
Putting up ‘The Hub’, an open platform at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre which was a rather convenient spot for the attendees to come together and build up the much required connect with Microsoft Partners from all over the world, The Hub was a gallery of opportunities for those willing to find one.
Specific Area Lounges, Connect Zone- a cafe set up to meet and discuss opportunities with other MS Partners from more than 130 countries and the Social Hours presented a plethora of options for all the attendees to reap out the maximum benefits from the MS Inspire and one could only wish for that the time did not end that soon!!
Day 2 Corenote:
While Day2 saw a multitude of featured speakers taking over the stage that come from different walks of life and have their own lives as an example to inspire, MS Inspire got an immeasurable impetus at The Hub, wherein the SMC Sales Centre was one of the numerous interactive enters and platform available for people to mingle with the like minded crowd and explore the richness of the event. Day 2 was still ruled by Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire, followed by Social hours at Microsoft Ready and Microsoft Inspire which paved for various evening events later.
While Innovation, Partnership and Business Leadership remained at the core of all the activities planned at MS Inspire, the learning material available as well as the unmatched energy of the event pumped up the enthusiasm manifolds. The huge gathering comprised of not only Microsoft partners from more than 130 countries but also Microsoft senior leadership, Microsoft Solution Specialists, Microsoft Account Executives, Microsoft Channel Managers, Senior Industry Experts and many more.
The event also focused on core aspects such as being accessible to all, embracing sustainability and supporting wellness by undertaking various activities and minuscule steps such as providing sustainable food choices, giving healthy meal options, gym access and a host of other conveniences to the attendees.
A gesture of warmth to first time attendees, MS Inspire also put up the FTA program by pairing new attendees with seasoned partners who could serve as guides and mentors to sheath the new attendees by getting blinded from the extravaganza. Starting from the orientations to the post-event planning help, the FTA was no less than a boon for the newbies and definitely helped in making them comfortable and completely imbibe the essence of MS Inspire.
Day 3 Corenote:
While Day3 consisted of Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Corenotes to start the day with, strong words from Satya Nadella and Brad Smith about not only reaching out to but also at the same time empowering every organisation on the planet simultaneously creating a sustainable environment on the planet for the future generations to come touched a chord.
Day3 witnessed numerous shared stories of success and innovation from the attendees. Majority of the stalls at The Hub and even the Connect Zones saw a huge footfall with people trying to grab up as much as they could from what MS Inspire had to offer. Empowering through partnerships, collaborations and reaching out to partners from farthest of places within a couple of square inches is one of the best things MS Inspire offers to its partners. The multiple atriums and theatres hosted a significant number of sessions for the attendees to take back with them as experiences and knowledge. Business development Connections and Networking Sessions at Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready still took up the major part of the day and the One Celebration was the just the perfect way to end the 3 days long exuberant affair.
The catch ups at The Hub, the discussions, key speakers’ notes, CoreNote, all added to the 3 days Gala event, numerous discussions, meetings, brainstorming and a host of other activities on the latest technologies, updates, programs and applications pertaining to services and solutions such as Cloud Management, Artificial Intelligence, Business Applications, Teamworks, Internet of Things and much more, the event wrapped up with one of the largest celebrations, or rather, the One Celebration. The event throbbed with the high energy levels of Microsoft employees and partners alike, celebrating their shared success and at the same time paving way for the year that is to come.
On Thursday, the 18th July, the day for the final see- offs, the content was concluded with the First Time Attendee workshops, some more networking sessions and Area General Sessions which worked out like more of cool down sessions to kick start the wait for the event next year!
Cloud Computing Services offer information technology (IT) as a service over the web or dedicated network, with delivery on demand, and payment supported usage. Cloud computing services based on the full applications and development platforms to virtual desktops, servers, and storage.
However, a business ought to attempt to go in the Cloud Computing on condition that it’s having products with high server usage and ranging masses. If it’s facing fast business changes, international competitive pressure and social responsibility demands, then conjointly it will select the cloud. Several corporations conjointly move their solutions to the cloud for adjusting with the increasing end-user sophistication and speedy data growth.
If a business decides to enter into the cloud, it ought to solely trust a Microsoft Cloud Consultant. Luckily, there are several skilled cloud computing service suppliers accessible these days. They provide services like cloud consulting, shared infra utilization, test management, collaboration, product migration, net server & portal, directory services, cross-domain services, app preparation, network simulation, security analysis, version management services and plenty of a lot of. Cloud services guarantee several edges like lower infrastructural prices, improved performance, instant package updates, improved document format compatibility, unlimited storage capability, hyperbolic knowledge reliableness, Universal document access, latest version convenience, easier cluster collaboration, device independence and far a lot of.
Bitscape provides Cloud Management Services that enhance a business existing product to expand within the cloud. They’ll add cloud parts to reinforce a business’ server capability and style migration methods to maneuver current production servers into the cloud. However, a business ought to think about sure points before entering into cloud computing. The cloud service supplier they select should have a tried documentation. They ought to provide high network and fringe security. They ought to make sure that their servers are utterly secure for the storage of business-critical info and provide an honest client service by resolution problems instantly.
Who uses cloud computing services and why?
Corporate and government organizations utilize cloud computing services to handle a huge number of application and information requirements like database, computer, CRM and information storage. In contrast to a conventional information technology (IT) setting, wherever software package and hardware are funded up front by a department and enforced over a number of months, cloud computing services deliver IT resources in minutes to hours and align prices to actual usage. As a result, organizations have larger legerity and might manage expenses a lot of expeditiously.
How cloud computing services work?
Cloud computing services have many common attributes for their users:
- Virtualization- Cloud computing utilizes server and storage virtualization extensively to allocate/reallocate resources speedily
- Multi-tenancy -resources are pooled and shared among multiple users to realize economies of scale
- Network-access – resources are accessed via web-browser or small consumer employing a sort of networked devices (computer, tablet, and smartphone)
- On demand – resources are self-provisioned from a web catalog of predefined configurations
- Elastic -resources will proportion or down, mechanically
- Metering/chargeback -resource usage is half-track and beaked supported service arrangement
As we know that Cloud Computing new method of sharing data in bulk. Adopting this method gives a huge benefit to your organization, no doubt! Though, if something has huge benefits there also some risks are included in it. To understand the risks and benefits of this technology method, first we will talk about the benefits, then the risks.
It is a type of internet based computing in which various services are delivered like servers, application, and storage to the company’s computers via the internet. It depends on sharing computing resources instead of having personal devices or local servers to hold the applications.
Cloud Computing Benefits:
This technology works on the cost saving. It offered a versatile technique such as pay per use model and the low barrier of entry. This is more beneficial for large business, whereas reasonable for the small ones. A number of resources can be lower to the clients and the cost can distribute among the clients. The best thing is that the cloud provider offers a number of resources to many users at one time. Due to less cost and time, the company can make their efforts to other work efficiently.
As it is internet based, so the connectivity and the provider may lead to a scary factor of it. After this also, it is very reliable in terms of resources and supports. It gives technical support all time. Its trained and experienced staff allows benefits to be distributed to all their clients.
This method offers easy and improved IT management and maintenance by the administration of resources, SLA agreements and the vendor managed communications. Microsoft Cloud Consultant maintained all your resources. In addition, it provides a simple web-based user interface to access services, software, and applications without the installation. The SLA makes sure to provide efficient delivery and management of your IT services.
It fully based on strategic edge that means it offers to raise computing resources to deal with organization’s tough applications. With this, it focused on cost and less time, in addition, it allows you to concentrate on your business goals.
Cloud Computing Risks:
The Cloud Service Providers handle a number of clients every day and all this become so confusing may lead to technical outages. As a result, your business activities may get suspended and in case you are offline, you may not able to access any applications.
Talking about the security, it offers much security to clients, but there is already a big risk in hosting data in house. There may be a privacy issue, however, your data may hack easily. Well, there are people who always work on improving hacking skills.
Transfer Lock in:
The cloud providers assure that it is flexible, while most of the organizations may find hard to transfer the services from one client to another. Integration and hosting on the other platform of the present applications and documents may result in some issues.
Though the cloud communication is managed and observed by the service provided, the control is limited to the clients. They can only manage and control the resources and services, not the infrastructure. Main elements such as accessing the server, updating, and management of firmware may not be possessed by the customer.
The word “digitization” is the buzz word in the industry today, but what exactly do you mean by digitization? Digitization if to be explained in plain vanilla terms can be described as “Augmentation” and “Analysis” of DATA to aid in taking quicker and prudent business decisions.
And how exactly Digitization is made possible? The answer to this is ‘CLOUD”. Enterprises have embraced the concept of “Consumerization of Enterprises” which means Enterprises are getting empowered through the ease of execution of their operations which is supported by “CLOUD” and “DATA”.
Cloud and Data are the two pillars of any organizational strategy as more and more information is getting stored on the cloud. It is an estimation by the tech experts that roughly 40 % of the organization’s data would be getting stored on the Cloud and accessing this information and deriving value from it will form a part of Business Intelligence.
Businesses will be leveraging this information to take smarter and quicker business decisions. One of the fine examples of using and analysing the collected consumer data is that of the e-commerce company’s commerce companies gather a huge amount of data in the terms of shopping tendencies of their customers and potential customers and then they provide shopping deals based on their analysis. Companies who can master this art of first collecting the data and then analysing this data by using Analytics to derive actionable business decision are sure to make a positive impact on their profitability.
So in effect, we can conclude that the efficacy of the businesses can be improved if the businesses show sagacity in the terms of Data collection and evaluation of this information. This requires large-scale technological investments which can be optimized and scaled down using the Cloud infrastructure.
Cloud storage provide the elasticity of storing huge amounts of data in the terms of location. Data which is stored across multiple locations can be grouped together, scanned and examined for it’s accuracy. Adopting Cloud based infrastructure will enable the organizations to track their consumer behaviour in a more effective and exact way.
There is little left to doubt that Cloud can propel the business efficiency by shortening the product lifecycles, enhancing the product design capabilities and turning your marketing campaigns more impactful.
The weather is changing in the space of ERP, with the advent of enterprise CLOUD technology, changing customer requirements and most of all digitization of office spaces means the Software service industry giants have to change their approach in order to sustain.
Most of the organizations today be it large corporations or small and medium enterprises rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) softwares to help itself in better aggregation and management of data between it’s various departments.
However traditional ERP softwares till now were housed within the local server if the company which was housed in it’s own premises and it certainly involved a huge cost in updating them and maintain them.
This is where the concept of CLOUD based solutions which are also referred to as SaaS (Software as a Service) has proved to be a boon for the organizations at large. As the name suggests Cloud ERP solutions are stored on a server which is owned and maintained by the company which is offering Cloud based services such as Microsoft. This goes to say that software solutions are stored and operated from a Cloud owned by the service provider rather than a proprietary server infrastructure.
At the core of Cloud-based services lies it’s immense flexibility in the terms of data sharing across multiple departments within the organization ensuring data security and privacy. This means the employees belonging to different departments can access the data on a need to know basis rather than the entire database being freely accessible to everyone within the organization. Not to mention the advantage the companies get in uploading, modifying and accessing the data in REAL TIME via the cloud from any device which is connected to the Internet from anywhere in the world.
Microsoft has been a world leader in providing Cloud based ERP solutions to the organization world over through it’s SaaS service called Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning. It empowers the organization to connect and manage the different divisions of business such as Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain etc in real time from anywhere in the world in real time only through a handheld device connected to the Internet.
Bitscape Infotech, a Microsoft Certified GOLD Partner since the year 2004 has been into the business of delivering enterprise solutions which have shown quantifiable results for organizations of varied magnitude. Bitscape Infotech is into the business of partnering with the organizations engaged in different business verticals in their journey of Digital Transformation.
Bitscape understands that the challenges face by each business model is vastly different from another and hence has developed it’s expertise in delivering “Custom built Solutions” for it’s varied client base.
We have worked with some of the most reputed names in verticals such as Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Pharma to name a few in streamlining their IT processes and resolving their challenges thereby achieving their ultimate goal of increased productivity, ideal human resource utilization and most importantly optimizing their COSTS.
Our core offering of CLOUD services also called as SaaS (Software as Service) is designed with the sole aim to empower the organizations to better manage their data, coordinate efficiently between various departments and thereby take prudent business decisions which would meet the ultimate goal of making the organization LEANER and more efficient.
And yes, this all certainly means that the organizations have no longer to worry about investing in server infrastructure, servicing and maintaining them and any other additional costs that may be involved.
Not to forget Bitscape guarantees your “DATA SECURITY AND PRIVACY” at the same time ensuring data access flexibility from any part of the world.
In today’s business priorities are shifting. The most important and greater focus is being placed on accelerating the growth of your business with reducing the cost of maintaining your applications and legacy systems and shifting your resources to higher value, innovative projects. Windows Azure has become premier solution to concentrating these business needs. As a leading cloud platform, Windows Azure offers a convincing set of features and capabilities to realize the benefits of cloud computing.
Bitscape, an elite Microsoft partner and member of the Azure Circle program, offers dedicate global solutions for providing enterprise-level. Azure services meet your unique goals and requirements.
One of the large company Microsoft, which has extensive experience of managing large data centers, are offering customers to “rent” data capacity. This is one of the most immense news for the companies which want to focus on their core business application and not worry about the underlying platform. Microsoft cloud platform offering is called Windows Azure.
Bitscape offers a full suite of services including:
- Realize the benefits of cloud and identify applications best suited for Azure.
- Shift workloads, transfer the existing applications and extend on-premise applications to Azure.
- Convert the applications and deploy to Azure.
- Development, designing and test public or hybrid application on Azure.
- Re-deployment or deployment packaged applications on Azure in a public, private or hybrid.
- Provide dedicated, skill excellence, global support team.
- Securing cloud deployment with an advanced protection, monitoring, governance and automation.
Benefits of Bitscape Application Services for Windows Azure include:
- Outstanding relationship with Microsoft, translating into deeper insight and early access to new features and capabilities.
- Solution centers with excellence skillful assistance where you can explore issues like performance, security and governance.
- Group of skilled, dedicated professionals who specialize in Windows Azure deployments.
We at Bitscape, make sure you achieve the benefits of Windows Azure is cost-effective.
Bitscape’s Cloud consulting services facilitates our customers to assess parts of clouds as their IT service delivery strategy, categorized which enterprise applications can be moved to the cloud, and also helps to identify target operating models, processes and technology which are essential for using cloud. We at Bitscape, use different range of cloud assessment to assess the presentation and capabilities of the various cloud services.
In business every owner has these questions, what is the most excellent course to the cloud for your organization? How the organization know which applications to host in the cloud – and which cloud technologies are the best suitable? Bitscape’s Cloud consulting services can facilitates our clients to speed up their drive to the cloud, renovate IT and reduce operational costs.
Our team of consultants contributes their efforts with you to assess the suitability of your applications for the cloud, choosing the right platform, and define a cloud strategy and roadmap for renovation and growth.
Need of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is one of the unique type of technology which transform the role of enterprise IT division from operating back office transactional systems of record to operating cutting edge real-time systems of commitment. The reality is to move towards cloud cannot be implemented haphazardly. A suitable and appropriate cloud strategy should take into account which can be technologically fit for each application and environment. Additionally, the probable investment cost and the revenue generated from business should be planned accordingly.
Many originations are realizing the benefits of moving to the cloud. The main part where complexities involved in implementation compared to the term cost benefit which moves fixed costs into operational costs. In reality cloud offers more than just cost saving. The first question which comes in everyone’s mind is that, WHT CLOUD? And the answer is,
- In today’s fast growing world every IT department is highly active in doing operational works which consists almost more than 70% of time and money which leave them with only 30% to innovate something new as far as technology is concerned.
Bitscape will facilities and assist your business goals and objectives to categorized regions where the cloud resourses can be valuable and appropriate . The cloud with high efficiency will be merging with business and application so that in order to identify the most significant area of value. Once the business key strategies are identified, system and applications will be review for cloud viability. The result will be planned which guides your organization so that you may leverage the benefits of cloud computing while minimizing the downside risk.
- Evaluations: detail evaluations of existing infrastructure.
- Classifying pain Points: classifying the point which may create difficulties while employing Cloud in existing infrastructure.
- Security Audit: Identifying data security concerns.
- Selecting appropriate Architecture: selecting a appropriate cloud architecture as per customer requirements, fitting faultlessly into their current IT landscape be it private, Public or Hybrid model.
- Designing of Cloud Adoption strategy: the appropriate and accurate designing of strategy to implement the cloud so that the relocation and amalgamation happens without any fault and issues.
- Business Continuity: ascertaining the plans for enterprise business continuity with covering backup, disaster recovery, high availability and preventing failovers so that business reamins unaffected.
Cloud computing is classifed as a kind of computing which based on sharing computing resources rather than having local server or personal devices which can manage applications. Cloud computing is a technology which employs the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications.
Cloud computing facilitates business and consumers to use applications without installing and accessing their personal files at any computer with just internet access. With this technology computing can be much more efficient by centralizing data storage, processing and bandwidth.
In a very simple term Cloud computing involves delivering hosted services over the internet. These services divided under three categories,
- Infrastructure – as- a- Service (IaaS)
- Platform – as – a – Service (PaaS)
- Software – as – a – Service (SaaS)
Cloud computing is nothing but delivering hosted services over the internet.
Cloud computing, the word “Cloud” narrates as image for “the internet”, so the phrase cloud computing means, “ a category of internet-based computing”, where special services – like servers and storage and application – are distributed to an organization’s and devices through the internet.
Functioning of Cloud Computing:
The main objective of cloud computing is to manage traditional or high-performance computing power, which generally used by military and research facilities, to execute consumer-oriented applications like financial portfolios, to deliver personalized information, to facilitates data storage or power large, immersive online computer games.
To perform these tasks, cloud computing uses network of large group of servers which typically rus on low – cost consumer PC technology with specialized connections to spread data processing chores across them. This shared IT infrastructure contains large pools of system which are connected together. Very frequently, Virtualization techniques are used to maximize the power of cloud computing.
Cloud computing assures numerous attractive benefits for business and end users. Three of them cloud computing benefits which are excellent are,
Self- service provisioning: End users can twist up computing capital for the almost any type of workload as per the demand.
Elasticity: companies or business organization can increase computing or reduce computing demand as per the demand.
Payment as per the use: computing resources measures at a rough level, where users need to pay only for the resources and workloads they use.
Architecture of Cloud Computing
In the conversation of Cloud computing system, it will be easier to divide it into two sections: the front end and the back end. Both the ends connected with each other through a network, mostly the Internet. The front end is the user of computer or client and the back end is the “cloud” section of the system.
The front end contains the client’s computer or can say computer network and the application which required accessing the cloud computing system. All cloud computing systems are not necessarily same user interface. Services such as Web-based email programs controls existing web browsers like Internet Explores or Firefox.