12 reasons you(r boss) should choose a public cloud service

Implementing your online, globally accessible service can seem daunting. Especially if your background is in the traditional industries, your first instinct may be to go DIY. You buy the hardware and software, set up the connections, install everything, and hope that everything comes together on launch day.

This is certainly a valid approach in certain circumstances. If you’re doing gene sequencing or storing sensitive surveillance data for the defence forces, your particular situation is rare or unique. Then it might make sense to build your own environment and store your own data at a location that no one can get to. And then this article is not for you.

This article is for the rest of us with less specialized data system needs. Most companies are able find someone who already provides what you’d otherwise need to build.

So let’s see: what are some of the best reasons to build on top of a public cloud service?

1. Lower Total Cost of Ownership

In a public cloud service, the focus of your company can stay where it belongs: your core business. Without having to buy hardware and licenses, or budget for upgrades and maintenance. Maintenance, scaling and upgrades don’t involve downtime and work. That work can now go into your own products and services and generate revenue.

2. Only pay for what you use

3. Easy to set up

And even after the setup phase, you need fewer workers on your payroll to maintain and troubleshoot the system. This means less investment both salary-wise and in training costs.

4. No maintenance

What’s more, that Someone has training and experience in maintaining that particular system.

5. Better security

And if your business requires compliance certifications (such as PCI-DSS), a public cloud provider is better placed to apply for them. Certification is another pain you can do without.

6. Best uptime

7. No-risk failure

You have an SLA in place guaranteeing a certain amount of uptime (99.99% for Aiven). The cloud company will also compensate you for any downtime that exceeds it.

8. No long contracts

At the same time, new products and services come on the market that you’d like to try out, but you’re not going to fork out the price of two solutions at once.

A public cloud service won’t lock you into a solution that has become suboptimal. And if you’ve stayed on the open source side of the business, your data will remain easy to migrate to a new system if the need arises.

9. Easy to scale up or down

Brief usage peaks also mess with capacity requirements. If your service isn’t reachable at a time when lots of users want to access it, you lose goodwill that’s hard to build back up. At the same time, you don’t want to be paying for capacity that you’ll only use 1% of the time.

A public cloud service lets you adjust your plan according to usage at short notice. You can easily add or drop capacity, and immediately reap the benefits.

10. Easy to respond to changing business needs

If you subscribe to a public open source service, you can adjust the type and scope of the service to match new business needs. And it won’t take long.

11. New features available quickly

In a public cloud, you can pick and choose among the best new innovations. They can support your business model or even allow you to create your own business innovations on top.

12. Global access out of the box

Public clouds are designed from the ground up for global access and easy user management. Their network of servers can accommodate users all over the world from day one.

Wrapping up

To reach your business goals faster with more flexibility and lower risk, subscribe to a public cloud service. You won’t regret it.

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Originally published at https://aiven.io.

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