Cloud

Is Cloud the answer?

Is cloud the answer to the legacy system problem?

Businesses today demand their technology to be agile. Ironically, well established IT infrastructure and legacy software – are hindering large and small organisations alike.

It is becoming more obvious that old legacy systems will not cut it, in both support, scaling to keep up with the world of big data and the requirement for more processing power.

In 2015, a PWC survey about the future of business said that only 16% of workers believe that their employers are digitally prepared for what the company will need in the future.

Cloud computing may be the answer to the legacy IT problem.

The cloud enables individuals and enterprises alike, to be more flexible and more secure than ever before with less operational costs.

The cloud is changing how we work. As all business activity becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the three most compelling reasons to consider modern alternatives to legacy systems are:

  • Promotes Collaboration

The cloud enables you and your team, clients, vendors and employees, to use file-sharing applications to collaborate effectively. Businesses that operate on the cloud can provide staff with options to work on the go or at home, from their desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets, making your business more desire and flexible for your employees.

  • Improving limitations through data and value proposition:

Cloud providers are supplying the hardware and algorithms to understand, predict, and influence customer behaviour both online and offline. Now, cloud adoption can provide the ideal solution to data storage, analytical capacity and accessibility issues and is one of the most effective ways for IT leaders to prepare their companies. Companies can gather a massive amount of data, in order to make better business decisions. Additionally, cloud provides the ability to scale in a fast and cheap way. Need more space? Sure the click of a button you can double your space needed. Need more processor? Once again, select the option and then you will find the additional resources available as required.

  • Mitigates risk

Power outages, hardware problems, or general network issues are just a few of the issues that businesses need to protect themselves from. While these issues can affect the cloud as well as local hardware, a hybrid approach can help minimize these risks by backing up your data in multiple locations. Additionally, cloud providers have their own internal redundancy for their systems and your data. Often your data is fully redundant in these solutions.

Security is no longer a worry either with the private cloud deployment model, in which an organization operates a cloud strictly for its own use. Cloud providers have their own security solutions available and manage the security risks, so you do not have to. Gone are the days of worrying about patching your machines against the latest malware.

Couchdrop to the rescue

How does Couchdrop help with the cloud environment? Currently those legacy and rarely support Linux/Unix systems don’t have a direct way to get to the cloud, at least without install additional propitiatory software or jumping through hoops.

Couchdrop offers an easy one liner solution that helps you get your files and backups to your cloud storage endpoint. It takes only minutes to setup and get the ball rolling. Couchdrop uses the native Rsync and SCP application, with this it means there is no need to install additional software or run through complex configuration workflows. The applications run over SSH tunnels which ensures data security in transit and with SSH using PKI, you do not need to store passwords in scripts or locally on your machine.

Another feature that Couchdrop offers is the ability to provide access tokens with specific permissions to certain cloud storage directories. For example; Say you create a token for “Bob”, you can then set this token to have write-only or read-only access to ‘/dropbox/company-backups/bobsfolder’.

Some of Couchdrop’s integrations are;

  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • GoogleDrive
  • Amazon S3
  • NextCloud

To find out more, head to https://couchdrop.io

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