Every now and again I am asked, “What does MyCloudIT’s physical infrastructure look like”? The physical infrastructure in our office is as simple as it gets. We have a single Internet Connection with no physical servers in the office. Almost everyone connects to the Internet via WiFi and everything we do is cloud based. Each user has their own PC. We are a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) office, so we have a mix of old and new Windows PCs as well as some Macs. We even have an old thin client that gets used every now and then.
All our developers develop on a Cloud-Based desktop, that way their work is automatically backed up in Microsoft Azure. That also limits the risk of someone losing their personal computer with corporate IP or customer information on it. All customer information remains secured in our cloud. The other benefit to our development team is that they can quickly scale out their infrastructure during testing, and then scale their infrastructure back to a normal level when testing is complete. Back in the old days, when I was a developer, I had multiple computers in my office so I could test against different sized hardware to ensure our platform performed adequately in different scenarios. Today, we no longer need to purchase testing hardware, we just leverage the compute from Azure when we need it, and only pay for what we use, when we use it.
Some of our team (like me) works remotely all the time. Our cloud-focused infrastructure gives me access to all the company assets just like everyone else, without the need for any additional infrastructure. This is what I really like about the cloud-based infrastructures. Companies no longer need to build a remote access infrastructure for remote or mobile employees. From our infrastructures’ perspective, every employee is a remote employee, which means every employee can work from anywhere unless additional security controls are required. Yes, a cloud infrastructure supports additional controls like allowing access from only specific locations and even multi-factor authentication to ensure that a user logs in with more than just a user name and password.
If you want to understand more about how to move your infrastructure to a fully cloud-based solution, let us know, we’d be happy to talk to you about how our platform and our experience can help you move beyond your aging on-premises infrastructure. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.