Blog posts on the subject of cloud computing by management and developers at Optimus Information Inc.

Cloud adoption is growing rapidly as enterprises become more comfortable with the concept and understand the advantages and how to mitigate the disadvantages.

Learn about the benefits of cloud computing for enterprise, some of the pitfalls to adopting cloud computing in an enterprise setting and how to deal with those pitfalls so your cloud computing experience is a positive one.

Microsoft Azure Cloud: Move your applications to the cloud

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Set your apps up in the cloud using Windows Azure.

Many clients have been asking us about the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform. Therefore, we’d like to take this opportunity to give a brief overview and let you know what we’ve been working on.

The Azure Cloud platform is a platform-as-a-service offering from Microsoft that competes with Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, and Salesforce. It is everything you need to move your applications to the cloud. This enables developers to focus on developing great applications, instead of worrying about infrastructure.

Benefits of Microsoft Azure Cloud platform

It supports a variety of programming languages out of the box including Visual Studio, .Net, Java, PHP, and Ruby.

As illustrated above, using the Azure platform you can deploy your application, database, services, and access control service to the cloud. As a result, you can control who has access remotely while deploying your application through Microsoft’s globally distributed datacenters. The Microsoft Azure Cloud platform will then automatically scale infrastructure up and down depending on load and charge only what you use. There are no upfront costs and organizations even have a free trial to get started.

A few other key components worth mentioning are:

  • The Azure Platform Appliance: If you need to keep your applications and data in your own data center, you can setup a private cloud using the Azure Platform Appliance. It is essentially a suite of software and hardware to setup on your own infrastructure. It is designed to be extremely efficient while providing massive scale.
  • The Azure Market Place: This is a market place for components, applications, and even services that run on Azure.
  • The Azure Data Market: This market is used for buying and selling raw data. From real estate to demographics, these data sets are rich with information that can be utilized in your applications.

At Optimus we focus on Software Development, Software Testing, and Business Analytics. We have been working with our clients to move all three services onto cloud based infrastructure. It has proven to be reliable, scalable, and increasingly cost efficient.

To learn more about how you can move your applications to cloud, contact us.

(image courtesy of Microsoft)


Note: This blog has been updated with new information.

Benefits of Cloud Computing: Where are the Opportunities

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Enterprise data centers moving to the cloud

What are the benefits of cloud computing?

The cloud is a fast-emerging segment that has companies of all sizes measuring the benefits of cloud computing. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and now Apple are battling for market dominance in the field of cloud computing.

The big players are offering services ranging from software-as-a-service (ie: hosted email), to platform-as-a-service (ie: virtual desktops), to storage and computing as a service. Companies large and small can use these services on a pay-per-use model to access flexible, scalable, and powerful data centers.

Is outsourcing your cloud management beneficial?

Outsourcing is gaining in popularity as companies move towards storing their data on secured public or private infrastructure. Tech behemoths such as Amazon are vying for market share against their competitors, deploying faster networking servers that are available on demand. Scalability and ease of deployment are key reasons why enterprise software is well suited for the cloud.

The end customers today will enjoy the several benefits of cloud computing due to the big market players making sizable investments in their unique product offerings.

  • Apple’s iCloud promises consumers seamless integration services across all your applications.
  • Microsoft has launched its Azure platform backed by a significant investment in web infrastructure and thousands of servers.
  • Google’s App Engine resides on Google’s own infrastructure and delivers more than 250 million page views each day.
  • Amazon Web Services are constantly evolving and being enhanced to include database, auto-scaling, and monitoring.

Each player can benefit from different revenue streams from the cloud computing boom. This includes monetizing their infrastructure and attracting new developers. The cloud wars have led to rapid reductions in the price of utilizing the cloud infrastructure.

The cloud wars have benefited companies seeking to trim their internal IT expense by moving their data on the cloud. Furthermore, they have also led to the emergence of small, focused, quality-oriented outsourcing companies such as Optimus. Hence,, these companies can offer services in their cloud infrastructure at a lower cost than larger, more established peers, such as Accenture. Optimus focuses on providing excellent, tailored services to all its customers, which comprises large as well as smaller companies.

Optimus helps companies with their data management and business analytics needs. For more information on our services, please contact us at


Note: This blog has been updated with new information.