The public cloud maximises flexibility of enterprise IT operations. Businesses can use the public cloud to run a high availability, scalable IT infrastructure, while keeping full control of the costs and utilising its numerous services for digitalisation tasks. With Syntax Managed Public Cloud Services, we get the best out of the public cloud for our customers.
Overview of our Managed Public Cloud Services
We guide companies through all parts of their journey to the public cloud. From choosing a strategy to implementing plans and operating and managing systems, we ensure that they maximise the potential of the resources available to them.
Our services cover five phases of the cloud journey:
What are the specific requirements? What functions are needed? In collaboration with all of the major stakeholders, our experts will develop an appropriate public cloud strategy to achieve the company’s medium-term and long-term objectives.
Translating the public cloud strategy into a specific cloud adoption plan. We ensure that the company is in possession of all the technical skills and prerequisites needed.
Our experts get the existing IT ready for the cloud, set up the initial landing zone and map out the detail of the planning and selection of best practices for the target scenario.
Stage-by-stage migration of workloads, process optimisations, scenario development and implementation of process templates. In-cloud innovation projects: publication of a cloud innovation guide to explain how to use the public cloud correctly and realise process improvements.
Management and Governance
We look after operation of the cloud infrastructure as part of our Managed Public Cloud Services. Ensuring that KPIs and business targets are met, we future-proof the cloud landscape and provide tactical and operational support for creating and implementing a public cloud governance system.
Benefits of Managed Public Cloud Services from Syntax
We combine more than 40 years of experience in hosting and SAP operations with our expertise as a specialist for cloud computing. This mix of skills benefits our customers throughout their partnership with us, from the initial consultation to long-term management of public cloud services.
- Platform-independent public cloud consultation that focuses on finding the solutions for our customers’ needs
- A sustainable cloud strategy that is both practical for getting customers up and running to meet business objectives quickly and visionary to support future IT requirements
- Services based on best practices, closely aligned with industry processes and our customers’ individual requirements
- Smooth planning and implementation, avoiding bumps in the road and dead-ends while taking opportunities offered en route to the cloud
- Tried-and-tested templates and best practices to ensure quick wins in the public cloud
- Security expertise so that the public cloud infrastructure has the maximum protection
- Managed Public Cloud Services – for companies that would rather think about strategic and revenue-generating matters than running IT
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What is a hyperscaler?
Hyperscalers are the global providers of public clouds, comprising the IT infrastructure and various services, including web services, on a massive scale. They include Amazon’s subsidiary AWS, as well as Microsoft with its Azure platform. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Alibaba are further examples.
Companies that work with a hyperscaler benefit from many different factors: The offerings are available around the globe, so applications and web services can be rolled out worldwide, easily and at low cost. The IT environment provided to customers is extremely secure and highly available, not to mention stable and completely scalable. And since companies only pay for what they actually need, with the ability to activate and deactivate services flexibly, they retain a large amount of control. With a number of up-to-date, well-designed and documented services, hyperscalers also provide modular frameworks that act as a platform for realising a business’ digitalisation plans.
What businesses are public cloud solutions most suitable for?
Enterprises that want a leaner IT operation but are also seeking an innovation platform for business processes and models will find the public cloud to be just what they are looking for. Infrastructure is just one aspect, and could also be covered by a private cloud solution. The key factor for the public cloud is the range of services that it hosts, and the volume, quality and speed at which new services are added. These serve as the basis for companies that want to rewrite the rulebook on their business models, for example an engine manufacturer that wants to switch from selling engines to selling operating hours. Or a mechanical engineering business that supplies finished vehicle body parts to the automotive industry.
Disruptive changes such as these involve complex IT processes in the background, which often include the management of many distributed systems. Using the services of a hyperscaler, these processes can be integrated and orchestrated so that they can be rolled out to employees or customers around the world at the touch of a button. Managed Public Cloud Services providers support businesses in implementing and operating such solutions.
The route to the public cloud with Syntax
Syntax guides customers through a tried-and-tested four-stage process in implementing a public cloud strategy:
A stock-take of the current IT landscape, looking at hardware, software, networks and processes, plus a definition of both qualitative and quantitative requirements for future deployment of a public cloud solution.
2. Operation Strategy
Selection of the specific operating model (for example, hybrid operations vs. public cloud only), the suitable management model (for example Managed Public Cloud Services), ensuring that the required skillsets are available in-house, along with processes and organisational structures
Launch of the change management process and development of a suitable system of public cloud governance, taking account in particular of IT security and cost management. Development of mechanisms for controlling cloud deployment and the necessary process adaptations
4. Adoption Plan
All activities are brought together in a migration plan for the 6 Rs – six steps for successful cloud migration; carry out the migration in sprints as part of an agile methodology: Creation of the landing zone and first pilot project through to transition of processes to the public cloud
FAQ: Public Cloud
What is public cloud computing?
The public cloud is a specific type of cloud computing. Cloud computing refers to the concept of a distributed (decentralised) IT infrastructure that companies and users can take advantage of to obtain services comprising computing power, storage, applications (Software as a Service, SaaS) and web services. The public cloud provides access to this infrastructure via the public internet, thus making it available to a large number of users. In general, public cloud services are billed by usage, although there are also flat-rate subscription models as well as free versions, often funded by advertising, that are provided for individuals. The data and applications belonging to different companies within the IT infrastructure are fully separated and shielded. Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) allow businesses to realise an environment that resembles a private cloud within the public cloud systems. The very large global providers of public cloud systems are known as hyperscalers.
What are the benefits of public cloud computing?
- Fast and flexible access to high availability IT infrastructure
- Low investment in hardware, software and staff
- Managed Public Cloud Services free up in-house IT resources
- Pay-as-you-go billing helps keep a lid on costs
- High level of investment by providers in features such as resilience and redundancy, disaster recovery and security
- Supports creation of Virtual Private Clouds (VPC)
- Extensive scaling options available at the press of a button
- Powerful services provide the basis for digital business models