Cloud infrastructure services,
components & leading platforms

Cloud infrastructure services, components & leading platforms

Cloud infrastructure refers to all resources such as computing power, storage, networking, and software applications, which enable businesses and individuals to run software solutions, business workflows, and data processing at remote data centers maintained by cloud service providers.

Itransition’s cloud experts help enterprises across industries improve their existing cloud infrastructures or build new ones from scratch, supporting their digital transformation and efficiency improvement initiatives.

Cloud infrastructure market state

enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services in Q2 2022

Synergy Research Group

CAGR of the global cloud infrastructure market from 2021-2030

Emergen Research

of the cloud infrastructure services market was controlled by AWS in Q4 2022

Statista

IaaS market segment growth in 2023

Statista

Cloud infrastructure components

There are four key components making up a typical full-scale cloud infrastructure:

Cloud infrastructure components

A cloud network is a collection of computing devices to communicate and exchange data through special communication protocols. Physical and virtual tools such as routers, load balancers, and switches provide the connection between individual network elements, and cloud providers build their abstractions around physical elements to provide more robust, unified, and secure connectivity.

Cloud storage is a network file resource that allows an enterprise to securely store large amounts of data on a remote server in the form of files, tables, objects, or blocks and transfer it to other cloud destinations. Moreover, they can ensure data safety in case of system downtimes by distributing it across data centers in different regions. Since setup and maintenance are the responsibilities of a cloud provider, cloud storages are easy to implement. Post-deployment, an enterprise gets access to convenient interfaces and automation tools using generally accepted and standardized protocols to easily manage their cloud without the need for complex app and system configuration.

A server is a device (physical server) or a computer program (virtual server) that processes requests from various network nodes. An integral part of cloud infrastructure, a server can perform various tasks, and allocating computing resources, hosting containers, and empowering cloud-managed service solutions are some of them. Coupled with additional software components, servers act as an intermediate computational layer between hardware resources and the cloud service itself, providing users with virtual versions of hardware resources.

The cloud infrastructure also includes security mechanisms that help encrypt data in storage and transit, detect malware, and authenticate and authorize users. In addition, when using the cloud, enterprises can define service roles to provide employees and clients with granular access to data, further enhancing data security.

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Cloud infrastructure options

Depending on business requirements, enterprises can choose various types of cloud infrastructures based on different deployment models.

By cloud deployment model

An infrastructure can be deployed in a private, public, or hybrid cloud.

Private cloud
A private cloud is hosted and used by one enterprise only, which has security benefits but can be challenging and costly to manage.
Public cloud
As for the public cloud, enterprises get computing power from vendors on demand, which limits their control over corporate infrastructures but also helps reduce IT costs.
Hybrid cloud
A hybrid cloud is a mixed environment consisting of private and public clouds that takes the best of both worlds to provide enterprises with increased flexibility and security. However, hybrid clouds remain the most expensive and difficult-to-implement cloud model.

By cloud delivery model

There are five main cloud delivery models, each differing in purpose, complexity, and cost.

IaaS

PaaS

SaaS

CaaS

FaaS

Cloud provider’s responsibility

IaaS

PaaS

SaaS

CaaS

FaaS

Infrastructure (hardware, virtualization, network)

Infrastructure and platform

Infrastructure, platform, and software

Infrastructure and software for developing container applications

Infrastructure and a physical or virtual server to host and execute a piece of code

Company’s responsibility

IaaS

PaaS

SaaS

CaaS

FaaS

Platform (middleware, OS, runtime) and software

Software

End-user doesn’t need to manage anything and can just use the software

Development, running and management of applications

Building and deploying the code

Infrastructure as a service

Within the IaaS model, enterprises rent computing powers from a vendor who provides necessary virtual servers, networks, and storage services. Given that businesses don’t have to configure and maintain hardware, the IaaS model allows for rapid deployment and scaling of cloud infrastructures.

IaaS is typically used for:

  1. Resource-intensive operations with high utilization workloads and strict hardware requirements
  2. Support for legacy and infrastructure topology dependent solution
  3. Flexible, easily customizable, and disposable workloads

Our cloud infrastructure services

Itransition offers a full range of cloud infrastructure services, including professional advisory, cloud migration, and integration.

Consulting

We help enterprises comprehensively assess their existing infrastructures, determine their cloud readiness, and create an actionable cloud adoption strategy.

Migration

We develop detailed cloud migration strategies, determine the right migration tools and technologies, and help validate migration success after the project ends.

Integration

We integrate cloud solutions with other on-premises or cloud applications to create more efficient infrastructures and enable seamless data exchange.

Case studies

Cloud BI for a vehicle manufacturer

70%

faster time-to-market

We built a microservices-based cloud architecture to help an automotive BI software vendor revamp its proprietary software solution.

Cloud-based software for a nuclear power plant

A cross-platform

web app

We modernized a legacy risk assessment and management system into a cross-platform web application to help the client manage their nuclear power plant more safely and efficiently.

SaaS claim management software

AWS-based

infrastructure

We delivered a microservices-based pay-per-use SaaS solution that automates and streamlines the management of insurance policies and claims.

Cloud migration for a finance platform provider

30% cost savings

for hardware and maintenance costs

We helped the client reduce their infrastructure’s total cost of ownership by migrating Jira and Confluence server instances to the cloud.

Cloud BI for a vehicle manufacturer

70%

faster time-to-market

We built a microservices-based cloud architecture to help an automotive BI software vendor revamp its proprietary software solution.

Cloud-based software for a nuclear power plant

A cross-platform

web app

We modernized a legacy risk assessment and management system into a cross-platform web application to help the client manage their nuclear power plant more safely and efficiently.

SaaS claim management software

AWS-based

infrastructure

We delivered a microservices-based pay-per-use SaaS solution that automates and streamlines the management of insurance policies and claims.

Cloud migration for a finance platform provider

30% cost savings

for hardware and maintenance costs

We helped the client reduce their infrastructure’s total cost of ownership by migrating Jira and Confluence server instances to the cloud.

Cloud BI for a vehicle manufacturer

70%

faster time-to-market

We built a microservices-based cloud architecture to help an automotive BI software vendor revamp its proprietary software solution.

Cloud-based software for a nuclear power plant

A cross-platform

web app

We modernized a legacy risk assessment and management system into a cross-platform web application to help the client manage their nuclear power plant more safely and efficiently.

SaaS claim management software

AWS-based

infrastructure

We delivered a microservices-based pay-per-use SaaS solution that automates and streamlines the management of insurance policies and claims.

Cloud migration for a finance platform provider

30% cost savings

for hardware and maintenance costs

We helped the client reduce their infrastructure’s total cost of ownership by migrating Jira and Confluence server instances to the cloud.

Top cloud infrastructure platforms

The top five cloud computing platforms companies can use to empower their cloud infrastructure include:

AWS is the most popular cloud service provider in the world, offering users virtual machines and servers and providing a wide range of cloud management tools such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage (S3), and Amazon CloudWatch. Also, the vendor provides a proprietary AWS Well-Architected Framework to streamline AWS-based solution creation.
Features
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  • Built-in data encryption
  • Serverless cloud functionalities
  • IoT-based development
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  • Enterprises that require support for multiple programming languages and operating systems
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Essential qualities of a cloud infrastructure

An effective and reliable cloud infrastructure must have the following characteristics:

Resilient

Cloud infrastructure should ensure round-the-clock availability of cloud computing resources for the enterprise because the continuity of operations depends on it. To prevent potential downtime, enterprises can distribute workloads among several providers and set up regular data backups.

Secure

While cloud hosting is often considered more secure than an on-premise approach, still no cloud infrastructure is secure by default. To guarantee the security of corporate and user data, enterprises should regularly audit their cloud infrastructure, regardless of a specific platform provider.

Easy to maintain

Although maintaining cloud resources is not easy, it should not be a burden for businesses. To facilitate cloud management, enterprises can adopt various automation tools that help create test environments, install patches, and perform other tasks without human involvement.

Cloud infrastructure benefits

By shifting to a cloud infrastructure, enterprises can achieve the following business advantages:

Advanced scalability

Enterprises can smoothly scale their cloud infrastructures on demand, increasing or decreasing usage of computing resources like storage, computing power, or networking capabilities.

Decreased IT costs

By moving workloads to the cloud, businesses can naturally reduce the costs of purchasing and maintaining physical data centers, servers, and other hardware.

Accelerated innovation

With a cloud infrastructure in place, an enterprise can easily adopt emerging technologies, be it artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, or robotic process automation, as physical infrastructure’s capabilities no longer limit it.

Improved performance

Working with a cloud infrastructure, employees and clients can access corporate data and systems from anywhere, anytime, which fosters collaboration and leads to improved business performance.

Cloud infrastructure considerations

To access the benefits of cloud computing, enterprises should take into account a number of challenging aspects.

Challenge

Solution

Managing cloud costs

Challenge

As an enterprise uses increasingly more cloud solutions and services, the total cost of cloud usage can rise significantly.

Challenge

Solution

Enterprises can analyze services pricing and optimize cloud usage spending continuously by using frameworks like FinOps, which is a management practice and a set of AWS tools for documenting and analyzing cloud operations and identifying and optimizing cloud costs.

Running multi-cloud environments

Challenge

Using computing services from multiple providers can make the infrastructure highly complex, costly, and unmanageable.

Challenge

Solution

An enterprise can initiate a series of training sessions to teach its IT staff to manage the multi-cloud infrastructure more effectively; in addition, an enterprise can resort to third-party managed IT services and delegate maintenance tasks to professionals.

Allocating the right talent

Challenge

Creating and maintaining a large-scale cloud-based infrastructure requires a wide range of skills and qualifications, from cloud architectures and project managers to DevOps and database engineers.

Challenge

Solution

To close the skill gap, an enterprise can hire a cloud consultant and augment its workforce with third-party professionals.

Ensuring cloud security

Challenge

Although enterprises can delegate this task to a vendor, managing cloud security still remains a shared responsibility in a private or hybrid cloud model.

Challenge

Solution

Enterprises should regularly audit their cloud infrastructures to identify potential loopholes, fix them, and tailor corporate cloud security policies.

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