Cloud Computing and SaaS are the latest buzz words in the IT industry these day. Businesses today are migrating their legacy applications to the Cloud, mostly as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The reason being, Cloud Computing offers convenient on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources including networks, applications, services, storage, servers, etc. These computing resources can then be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management efforts. There are many other benefits of cloud computing:
- Cloud Computing offers a broader network access. This means that you can access anything at anytime from anywhere.
- It helps you in achieving economies of scale. Your output is more with lesser people.
- You don’t have to spend huge bucks on technological infrastructure where you have everything that you need on the cloud.
- It helps in streamlining processes which ultimately lets to get more work in lesser time and people.
- With a cloud supported set up, it takes fewer people to do more work. So, there is less personal training required.
Despite all the benefits, the decision to migrate your legacy application to the cloud should not be taken lightly. Your decision should be based on a deep thought given to your business requirements. Remember, it is more about applying the correct strategy for the right application and least about the benefits offered by cloud computing.
A business must consider answering the following questions before deciding to migrate their legacy applications to the cloud:
- Why should I make the move to cloud?
The answers are simple. You should move your application to the cloud when you need to change the architecture of the app, or when you want to upgrade the app, or when you think implementing hybrid networks are required for your firm.
- Which application should I migrate?
When it comes to numerous applications, it is never possible that one size will fit all. All applications are different from each other. Some are monolithic while others are single-thread applications meant for processing transactions.
- Which approach should I use to move to the cloud?
You need to decide how far you want to head into the cloud. If you need to have control over the code of your legacy application, SaaS is the best option. If you want to keep only certain functions with yourself as a legacy application, split those functions and outsource the other functions to a cloud provider.
But that’s not it! After answering all these questions, the enterprise must make sure that the applications continue to deliver excellent service to its end users.
Internet World 2014, Europe’s most anticipated ecommerce and marketing trade show is just three days from now. And we are excited to share with you that we have packed our bags. The 3-day exhibition is scheduled from June 17 to June 19 and the venue this time is ExCel London.
Being a well established web and mobile apps development company in London which always look for scope to expand, we aspire to exchange our knowledge with startups, learn from the experts, explore new markets, win new projects and make friends at the Internet World 2014.
We still go back to the immense learning that we received at events like Adtech, CBIT Germany and E-Commerce Expo. The memories from these events are still etched in our hearts. But our love affair with the Internet World started in 2010 and since then we have gained a lot, both in terms, of knowledge as well as customers. We, at Classic Informatics never miss a chance to learn from the experts, showcase what we got and reach out to our potential customers. And that’s precise why we cannot wait for the event to start already.
Exhibits such as the Internet World serve as a great platform that bring together business leaders, developers, digital marketers, technical experts, business development guys and the IT specialists. Not only does one get hands-on learning on each aspect of a technology-backed business, but you get to hear experts sharing their knowledge to help you get better and succeed.
This year, at the Internet World 2014, we look forward to discuss exciting new projects with new and existing clients in the following areas:
- eCommerce Solutions
- Cloud Solutions
- Enterprise Mobility
- Web Development Solutions
- On-going Support and Maintenance
Do stop by Stand Number IW248 at ExCeL London (One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL) any day between June 17 to June 19, 2014. We would love to meet you and hear all that you have to say.
For any further inquiries, please feel free to drop in an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
See you soon, London!
This year at World Wide Developers Conference keynote, Apple spent a significant amount of time focusing on and speaking about the iOS 8. And it got everyone thinking about how the new version would look like. But you will have wait until September for the iOS 8 release. That’s too long, right? Well, being in the iOS app development business has its perks. The new operating system is available for iOS developers and we will tell you what makes iOS 8 more than just a new number.
No redesigning has been done to the new operating system. iOS 8 is built on iOS 7, taking its design and has included new features to it. The latest iOS updates are nothing like you have seen before. The new iOS 8 features will let the third parties score more with their apps. Yes, Apple is finally allowing the third-party apps to communicate with its own operating system as well as server through a number of extensions. The extensions that will allow the app developers to make apps are:
- Today Extensions
Like Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and Android’s home screen widget, iOS 8’s Today extension will let you show limited information in the Today view in the Notification Center.
- Share Extensions
Share extensions will let you share information from one app to online service. While one could share links or photos on Facebook and Twitter earlier also, the iOS8 is now open for online services such as Tumblr and Pinterest as well.
- Action Extensions
The most interesting of all extensions, Action extensions will allow apps to manipulate or view content in another app. For example, by using Bing Translate one can translate the text in a Safari window.
- Custom Keyboard Extensions
With the Custom keyboard extension, you can ditch the default keyboard and use third-party keyboards such as Fleksy or Swype.
- Photo Editing Extensions
The Photo editing extensions will allow the use of third-party photo editing apps by the users without exiting the main Photos app. This opens the way for many more photo apps like VSCO cam.
- Storage Provider Extensions
Storage provider extensions will let apps select documents from a variety of cloud services, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud.
One of the most popular and widely used open source web content management systems, Drupal is under the process of releasing its newest version, Drupal 8. Backed by a strong community, Drupal 8 CMS is going to be a platform with over 200 features that will change the way content management has been perceived till date. The official release is being awaited by Drupal developers in UK and the by the developers world over. Here are a few features that makes Drupal 8 release, an exciting affair:
The new Drupal 8 isn’t just mobile friendly. Instead, it has mobile at its core. All you need to do is deploy the content once and it will be displayed the way you want it, on any mobile device. All the built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive that will simplify designing and development of websites optimized for various devices and screen sizes.
Built-in Web Services
Drupal 8 comes with built-in web services that will allow a website to respond with data and not with an HTML page, to a request. It will make machine to machine communication possible. Also, there will be no need to define the context for data.
Drupal 8 will allow HTML-based page markup. This means that Drupal websites will be fully functional and compatible with mobile screens of all sizes. Speaking of mobiles, Drupal 8 will also have proper native input tools on mobile for fields such as data, phone and email.
Features like Inline editing and CKEditor will make authoring way easier that what it is right now. Inline editing will allow you to edit the content simply by clicking on edit on the body content. Also, CKEditor will replace Drupal’s default WYSIWYG, which will simplify HTML editing for web content.
Twig framework Theming engine will replace the PHPTemplate. Twig template engine is faster, more secure and highly flexible. The more mobile friendly Drupal 8 will have responsive themes including the default themes like Stark, Seven and Bartik themes.
Drupal 8 will have more field types in core and will allow you to attach fields to more types of content. For example, email, telephone, entity reference, date, link, etc.
Out of the plethora of services that Amazon offers, the most popular services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. These are also popularly known as Amazon EC2. Web-scale computing can be easily redesigned using this web service. The services offered by Amazon follow a simple policy according to which you will only have to pay for the services that you are using.
There is no concept of ‘minimum fee’ on Amazon. You can calculate your monthly expenditure using a tool called ‘AWS Simple Monthly Calculator’, which is available on the Amazon website. This blog explains the costing concepts for all the other services available with Amazon.
- On Demand Instances
This billing format allows users to pay their hourly usage of compute capacity. Moreover, there are no long term commitments involved. As a result, the large fixed costs involved are broken down into small variable costs. Besides, you are not required to pay for plan, purchase and maintenance of hardware. The pricing done for a service is billed on a per hour basis for each of the instances used. The pricing is different for different operating systems though. The time is logged from the time the instance was initiated to the time that it was terminated. Besides, a partial hour is also taken as a full hour. But the best part is that there are no long-term commitments required with Amazon.
- Reserved Instances
This payment format allows you to make a small one-time payment, which reserves an instance for your use in the future as well. Against this, you get a discount on the hourly charge for the service. According to Amazon’s own website, with this payment format you can save up to 65% over On Demand rates. Reserved instances are of three main types – Heavy, Medium and Light Utilization. These instances are available for SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise, Windows and Linux/Unix. Instances of Amazon VPC can also be reserved at a price. You can also expect to get good discounts if you buy bulk reserved instances. Discounts are directly applied on future purchases and upfront fees.
- Spot Instances
This payment format follow the simple rules of demand and supply. The users can bid for unused capacity on the Amazon EC2 using Spot Instances. Instances bought under this payment format are charged on the spot price. This price is not set and fluctuates on the basis of the demand and supply parameters. The spot price is determined by the Amazon EC2. In order to bid for a spot instance, you need to send a request specifying the type of instance, the desired zone of availability, Spot Instances’ number and your hourly bid price. Spot Instances is most suitable for time-flexible and interruption-tolerant tasks.
- Data Transfer
The billing done for data transfer is based on the amount of data that enter and exit the cloud. Different rate tiers are defined for different services. In this pricing format, provisioned IOPS (input/output operations per second) is charged by the you provision in IOPS. This amout is then multiplied by the percentage of days you provision for in a month.
- EBS – Optimized Instances
Amazon EC2 instances can utilize the full capacity of the IOPS on EBS Volume if you complement them with EBS-Optimized instances. The pricing of these instances depends upon the movement of inputs and outputs between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS.
All said and done, it is important for you to know that prices are region dependent. Therefore, you must look at the Purchasing Options page on the Amazon website for actual costing. An important functionality worth mentioning here is that Amazon allows its new users to access few of its services for free during the initial sign-up period. The services that are offered free on a monthly basis during the first year of sign-up can be found at the Amazon page.