Cloud Development

These days, organizations don't need to own expensive server computer systems and hire personnel to support them. In most cases they shouldn't because big companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft are providing cloud hosting solutions which are better options. There are numerous advantages to going to a cloud services provider, some of the main advantages are:

  • Only pay for what you need because cloud systems can grow and shrink
  • Pay fewer IT personnel because the cloud company builds and maintains the computer hardware infrastucture, you don't
  • Choose from more options because the cloud company can afford to provide them
  • Provide local access speeds over the entire globe because cloud datacenters are located on every continent
  • Let the cloud company pay for security audits and maintain security cerfications instead of paying for that yourself
  • Let the cloud provider pay for expensive air-conditioned, secured data centers
  • Quit managing hardware support plans, waranties, life cycles, etc

ATS has years of experience working with Amazon, Softlayer, Google, Three Essentials, Arvixe and other cloud services providers. For example, ATS administrates development, test and production systems on the Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) virtual hosting system. The EC2 system provide a seemless infrastructure on which developers and users in the North America other continents can work. EC2 servers are leased, optionally with software licensing for ArcGIS Server, SQL Server and other major software platforms included. ATS also administrates dedicated servers from other vendors such as Softlayer on which web applications can be hosted. ATS has compared Amazon EC2 and Softlayer. Ultimately, for enterprise applications Amazon EC2 offers the most flexibility, but costs can be a lower for a dedicated/managed/monitored production server with Softlayer. ATS has also worked extensively with in-house VMware virtualization and Network Attached Storage (NAS) across data centers in multiple organizations.