6 January 2021 - Startups

Building And Managing Cloud App Services With IT Svit

The US is the primary market for all modern applications, and if you want to succeed there, you must use cloud application services. IT Svit delivers in-depth expertise with running and managing application cloud services to help your company succeed on the market.

Developing useful and popular applications demands a polished and reliable software delivery process with predictable releases and short feedback loops. Using cloud application services for software development enables this approach. IT Svit helps configure cloud services for app development, so your team can concentrate on building great products, instead of managing virtual servers.

Optimization of the Google App Engine cloud service systems

Any customer can rent and start using Google App Engine on his own, thus enabling rapid cloud service app development and reliable releases with quick roll-back options. However, while everybody can start using this cloud service for app delivery, it is quite hard to configure it in the most robust and cost-efficient way from the very start. IT Svit can help with this task, as we have ample experience with optimizing the existing cloud infrastructure to deliver top-notch results.

Can I get long-term cloud services for my app?

Every startup wants to be as frugal as possible and spend little money until it surpasses the breakeven point. This is why many companies prefer to use the absolute minimum of cloud services for app development and avoid hiring external help. However, this quite often leads to building inefficient infrastructures that have to be rebuilt once you start to scale and they begin to hinder your growth. This is why the best solution is to actually get long-term services for app development from the very start — and IT Svit is glad to provide them!

Cloud app services for every business from a reliable provider

The startup scene is booming, as the rise of new technologies opens new wide horizons for developing new exciting products and changing new areas of our lives fr better. However, in order to succeed, your product must meet several crucial requirements:

  • it must solve some important problem or address some pain of your target audience
  • it must be user-friendly and easy to use
  • it must be available at all times and for any numbers of end-users
  • it must have unique features that make it memorable
  • it must have short feedback loops, so customer feedback is quickly integrated into the new product or service features

Thus said, most startups and small-to-medium businesses are building their apps on cloud infrastructure from the start. This is only natural, as there are specific cloud products that provide the full cycle of services for startups, enabling them to build, test and release their products cost-efficiently, like IBM Cloud Foundry, Google App Engine or AWS Pipeline.

These products consist of a couple of main and several supplementary systems with predefined configurations. For example, Google App Engine automates the setup and configuration of build, testing and staging environments, as well as enabling automated code pushes to and releases. This removes a great deal of pressure from your developers, allowing them to do what they do best — create exciting product features, instead of configuring the cloud infrastructure.

However, code development is not the only part of the software delivery, nor is it the most important one. Even the best-built product will be useless if it is inaccessible for the customers. Thus said, the main part of the software lifecycle begins only once the code is released to production. It must work 24/7, be available to customers worldwide without lags, you must be able to keep a close eye on their performance, monitor and log the systems, etc.

Of course, most of these functions are provided by Google Cloud Platform, but they must be enabled and appropriately configured to run at full capacity. Some of the businesses decide to go full-out with the cloud vendor of their choice and hire their certified software engineers to build scalable and easily-manageable cloud app services. However, this is not the most cost-efficient approach and here is why.

Google software engineers will build excellent software delivery pipelines based on Google App Engine, which will provide operational continuity, traceability and manageability. There will be but three downsides:

  • these infrastructures will be configured by Google cloud engineers for Google Cloud engineers. If something outside of the depth of an ordinary IT engineer takes place, you will need to issue a ticket to a general queue along with the other customers. And while Google engineers will probably solve the issue in under the 4 hour time period covered by NDA, something your in-house specialists can’t solve easily can usually be mission-critical for your business. Waiting for 4 hours while your app is down and cannot be rebooted is a nightmare any cloud app service user fears.
  • the systems and workflows set up by Google staff will work in excellent cohesion because these will be Google Cloud services — and they cost money to use. Meanwhile, there are free-to-use open-source alternatives, that do exactly the same thing and work exactly as well — but Google staff will not use them, of course. Thus said, you might end up overpaying for the system components you could have gotten free of charge.
  • there might come a time when you decide to leave for greener pastures. While renting cloud resources is definitely cheaper for a startup than buying and maintaining the servers in-house, it will not always be that way. When your product becomes popular and you begin to scale, the bills for cloud application services can skyrocket, especially if you run a bunch of platform-specific tools like Google BigQuery or Google Functions. This is vendor lock-in, a situation you do not want to find yourself in.

Cloud application services optimization

There might come the time when you will ask a question: – is there a way to optimize cloud services for my app and make them more cost-efficient? IT Svit handles such tasks quite frequently, and we can help your company to both optimize the cloud app services in use or migrate your workflows and infrastructure to an on-prem cloud, mirroring all the functionality of vendor-specific tools with open-source analogs.

Alternatively, we can help rebuild your cloud infrastructure and workflows to use fewer resources without any compromise on quality. This can be done by enabling load balancing and auto-scaling groups for your production environment, IaC, CI and CD processes for your software delivery workflows and infrastructure management processes.

Long-term support for application cloud services from IT Svit

While some companies stay with their cloud vendor support and some try to hire DevOps engineers in-house, quite a lot of startups prefer to outsource cloud services & app development to trustworthy contractors like IT Svit. This ensures all the challenges are taken care of and your application is developed and managed cost-efficiently, allowing you to concentrate more on growing your business, and less on configuring and rebooting the servers.

We can step in on any stage — from idea refinement, infrastructure design, implementation and optimization to full-time support of your cloud systems and workflows. If you need these services — IT Svit is ready to help, just contact us with the project requirements!

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