On May 3, 2018

Why We Call ‘Managed Cloud Services’ by Another Name: Part 2

By Guillaume Labelle, Practice Manager, Continuous Innovation Services, and Filipe Schroeder, Senior Cloud and DevOps Engineer

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the difference between traditional “managed cloud services” and a more proactive approach that we call “continuous innovation.” Now, I’d like to explain why we think this way and give you a few of the benefits you can expect from an approach that is based on continuous innovation (CI) principles.

Four Things CI Can Do for You

When we talk about “continuous innovation,” what we mean is that, as your application consultant and partner, we will continuously look for new ways to architect, develop, test, deploy, engineer and deliver your applications. From our DevOps workstations to your full production environment in the cloud, we will help you manage your environment in a way that continues to innovate and bring you better, faster software solutions to your most pressing business problems – all without breaking your bank account.  What does that look like in practice? While only four out of many benefits, the following list will give you a good idea.

  1. Faster Development and Delivery: No matter what your business is, you’re probably working every day to stay a step ahead of your competition. That means, there’s always a “next step” when it comes to evolving your business processes and the computing infrastructure that enables those processes to work to their fullest potential. When you need fast-paced delivery of code to do that, you need an agile-minded AppDev partner with global resources.

Why does global matter? Having developers all around the world working on your project in stages means your project continues to progress regardless of what time it is on the clock in any single state or country. When one team of solution architects go to bed at night, engineers in other parts of the world continue to work on the next phase of your project, and when their counterparts on the other side of the globe are ready to work, they can tap in to the code created while they slept, moving your project forward during their workday. This takes tremendous coordination, and that’s what Coda Global has perfected with our DevOptimized® Approach to application development.

  1. More Cost-Effective Resource Utilization: When you run one application on a physical server, you may not be fully utilizing all the resources at your disposal, and you have probably over-purchased resources to allow for spikes in your computing needs. By moving your applications – and your AppDev – to the cloud, you gain the advantage of paying for only what you need yet having additional resources available at the “flick of a switch.” And we can help you tap into the power of containerization – and in the right circumstances even use public CaaS solutions – to support a public or hybrid cloud infrastructure. We can also use containerization to implement your code on premise.

By doing this, you will begin to use the full compute power available to you, and you will only be paying for what you are actually using at the time. This will allow you to expand or contract your computing resources to meet the demands of your business.  Consider, for example, an ecommerce business: You may want to double or triple your compute resources around Black Friday, then scale back the rest of the year. By operating in the cloud and taking full advantage of CaaS, you can either schedule that to happen automatically or control it on the fly with only a few keystrokes.

  1. Better Consistency Among Developers: By using containers for development, you can share Docker container images, for instance. This allows any developer you’re working with – Coda’s developers or your own in-house team – to efficiently and effectively share the latest version of what has already been created. When the app goes through testing, you can take that same container and push it straight to production because you know its consistencies will carry forward. This also allows you to create a library of containers that can be re-used to make completed applications ready for market or deployment faster.
  2. Shrewd Reliance on Automation: Automation is a critical component in getting to that “better, faster” way of doing business. Companies sometimes shy away from building important automated features into their applications because they are worried about the up-front costs. At Coda, our experience has shown us time and again that automation saves money in the long run. Think for a moment about an auto-recovery feature.  If you’re running an online service and a container goes down, but there’s an auto-recovery feature built into the program, when that service becomes unresponsive, it will simply restart itself. You don’t have to call anyone or complete even a single keystroke to be back online. These are the kinds of things an experienced partner like Coda can lead you through while managing your cloud solutions in a way that focuses on continuous innovation – always watching out for the improvements that can be made to your applications that will have tremendous benefits for your business.

Want to learn more? If you’re hoping to turn your application dream into a dream application, find out how Coda can give your project the RightStart it needs using our proprietary DevOptimized® Approach to application development. Maybe you just need to reduce the time, money and effort you’re spending to support legacy infrastructure and software; if so, start by exploring four key ways we can help you move your legacy apps to the cloud. Next, learn why automation may be the “secret sauce” in successful applications and how Coda’s “continuous innovation” method for delivering managed cloud services can benefit you. Still have questions? Contact us to talk about the obstacles or challenges in your specific project and how Coda can help you overcome them.

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