Think about Cloud – the correct way

Recently I got a question from a friend – what good will moving to cloud give me, will it save my money?

Maybe or maybe not – it depends and it depends on how you look at your money/time correlation.

Moving to cloud and thinking about saving money first of all is very wrong. Cloud gives you reliability, capacity, high-availability, performance, flexibility, mobility, seamless experience, newest versions of hardware/software… Cloud is your possibility to make your company work better and more efficient. For example, what about cross-continent high-availability? What about five "9" availability? What about new hardware that is being released every year? Can you afford the downtime caused by faulty software update? Think how much effort you would need to accomplish these complex things on your own and those are there, in cloud, ready to be used and deployed, just a few mouse clicks away.

Apart from that, moving to cloud means that you do not have to think about hardware or software maintenance, patch management (countless hours of pretesting included), new versions, updates and upgrades and so on. You always get the newest hardware, newest software and almost all the work is done there already for you, particularly if you choose SaaS and PaaS. That means that your IT team does not waste the valuable time to problem solving. Instead, they can focus on innovation, focus more on things that will move your company forward in much shorter timeframe.

As you are already thinking about cloud the correct way, we can say some words about saving money too. There are many cases when cloud costs less than on-premises. For example, when you need a SharePoint or SAP development environment for your developers – why pay money for licenses? Why pay for the hardware or someone to construct that complex environment for you? Instead, you can do that all in minutes – in cloud (Azure is a good example here).
Another good case is a new company – building your own, albeit even a small sized datacenter costs a lot of money. Often cloud is way cheaper for such cases.

If you already have existing infrastructure, cloud may be a great place for your backup datacenter – particularly when modern cloud providers charge only for the amount of resources you use (e.g. you do not pay a cent for a turned off VM in Azure, you pay just for storage).

The topic is huge and we can talk a lot about it but I hope I touched enough in this short post to emphasize some of the key elements of cloud.

So think about cloud, but please, the correct way :)

whoami /all or First post and some about me

With more than 7 years of work experience in professional IT, I am now working in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia as the Head of Systems and Network Maintenance Division, System Administrator and Information Security Officer. Pretty much for one man, you might think, but that’s it.

I am heavily focused on Microsoft technologies, included but not limited to Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, SQL, System Center, IIS, TMG and others.
Aside from that I speak two virtual languages: Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

Certified since 2011, I passed certifications such as MCSA, MCP, MCITP, MCTS and currently I am working my way on completion of my MCSE certification paths.

I founded MCP-Way Blog a year ago but never was able to find enough time to operate it, untill today. The blog will mainly focus on interesting news, guides and things worth sharing from my everyday working life and experience. Hope I will be able to always find time to share something interesting with you.

You can find me at LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Though of course it all began with something:

My relationship with IT begins way back from 2001, when we bought the first PC in family and I fell in love with her. It was based on Willamette Pentium 4, equipped with 128 MB of SDRAM and 20 GB HDD. Pretty nice one for the time being.
At that time I was a 11 year-old kid, so I had plenty of time to learn.

In 2003 I joined CompInfo team – it was the first e-magazine in Georgia. Years in CompInfo, I think, were the most productive in my IT life – igniting an “IT fire” inside me. At that times I got my internet nickname – Power_VANO, which I retained and use even today. You can find me everywhere with that name.

In 2007 Overclockers.ge project emerged and I joined them in 2008. Currently I am the co-founder of modern Overclockers.ge community. This might be the beginning of my official IT career.

After that it was a year in advertising laboratory 919 – one of the best of its kind in Georgia. Great team with great projects and ideas and my role with them – web programmer and general IT Specialist.

Then I moved to EMIS and then to my current home – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia – as IT Support Specialist. After a year I switched to the position of System Administrator – what was after that you already know.