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  • Florian Wartner

The right IT infrastructure does not have to cost a lot

In today’s world, it is increasingly important that applications run reliably, whether on-premise or in the cloud. But what if there are problems? This is usually associated with high costs in the area of ​​disaster recovery and the like. This article is about how to avoid such pitfalls.

The Planning

The right planning of a solid infrastructure is basically the first and most important point when it comes to saving costs and trouble in the long term. Unfortunately, this process is often not taken too seriously and problems arise as a result. However, we can already put this into perspective in three important points:

  • What is our budget? – Based on this question, the people involved can determine to what extent they are willing to take certain risks. Consider the trade-offs between potential cost-saving technologies like serverless architectures and the potential complexities they might introduce.

  • How do we scale? (Do we even want that?) – Plan carefully for scalability, ensuring that the application can respond to changing demands. Investigate solutions that offer auto-scaling capabilities based on usage patterns to optimize costs.

  • Do we have a partner by our side? – A partner specializing in the latest cloud and infrastructure practices can be invaluable. At cloud37, we specialize in building and operating highly available, cost-optimized infrastructures. We can help with emergency support or simply take the operational burden off your shoulders.

Cloud or on-premise?

Choosing the right cloud provider is crucial. Explore the market carefully, comparing pricing models and features of major players like AWS, GCP, and Azure. Pay attention to areas like serverless offerings, managed services, and potential lock-in risks.

With an on-premise solution, it can be more difficult to optimize costs dynamically. The cloud allows you to pay only for what you actively use, and to scale resources up or down on demand. This can lead to significant cost savings.

Maintenance is another key factor. Cloud-based solutions often simplify upgrades and allow for zero-downtime maintenance through load balancing and instance swaps.

The Implementation

Using the right toolset is crucial for building and maintaining a consistent environment. Standardizing on Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools like Terraform or AWS CDK can streamline collaboration and reduce errors.

The Right Monitoring

Monitoring is critical for mission-critical infrastructure. Integrate proactive load monitoring, smart alerting systems, and leverage auto-scaling features where possible. Consider exploring the growing range of AI-driven infrastructure management tools for predictive insights This allows you to react quickly, minimizing downtime and potential unforeseen costs.

We can help!

cloud37, a company founded in 2018 with headquarters in Switzerland and a branch in Germany, has more than 200 years of product and project experience. Independent consulting is the basis for sustainable successful projects – that is what cloud37 stands for.

Cloud services are our core competence.

We help you to decide on the right provider based on your specific requirements, and to exploit the full potential of the cloud.

We offer architecture reviews, design creation and improvement, migration concepts or development – all topics you can talk to us about.

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