As we mention in Ten Technical Tips Your Startup Can't Ignore, in the time crunch of pushing a new product to market, many early-stage projects launch utilizing a single physical server or cloud instance. The convenience of having the web, database, and caching services all in one place is sometimes too tempting to pass up.
You've heard it time and time again: 'X as a service', where X is either a random letter or a usually meaningful computer science term. Confusing? Sometimes. 'As a service' solutions are services that abstract away a part (or all) of an operation from an end user. While 'painting as a service' and 'lawn mowing as a service' have existed in some form or fashion for quite some time, technology companies have traditionally maintained almost all of their infrastructure and platform in-house, leading to unnecessary duplication of common work across business entities and wasting precious product development time.
This post has been brewing for a while over here at the Bitlancer headquarters. Over time, we've begun to notice patterns among the requests we receive from clients and prospective clients alike. More often than not, we're seeing the same questions being asked and we're recommending/implementing the same solutions.
So you've made the decision to dive into "the cloud" head first. One question: Why? Don't misinterpret our curiosity: there are many benefits to using cloud technology over more traditional hosting methods. However, it's important to remember that "the cloud" isn't all magic behind the curtain, and great caution must be taken when making new operating and engineering plans.
As technology becomes more progressive and dynamic, the need for tech-savvy individuals to fill relevant positions increases. With social media, apps and sophisticated websites becoming the norm, and innovative high-tech solutions being developed continually, it can be understandably challenging and frustrating for those not submerged in the tech world to keep up with the latest and greatest developments.