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How to guarantee IT flexibility through these uncertain times

7 January 2022 by Sheetal Targe

We discuss how the right virtual private cloud environment can help provide flexibility, stability and predictable costs.

As businesses settle down into the new year, uncertainty seems to be the watchword of 2022. While the latest COVID variant spreads its way across the country, businesses look towards a third year of potential lockdowns, remote working and guessing which government-imposed restrictions will apply this week. 

One thing, however, is certain: we’ve never been in more uncertain times. Now, businesses need to be able to instantly adapt to changes in demand, working requirements and operating conditions. So how do you do that?

The challenge of uncertainty

With uncertainty looming, there’s a real danger that businesses could be caught off guard, risking steep costs, IT outages and reputational damage – if they aren’t prepared for what’s coming. For instance, if you’re in the travel, hospitality or food delivery business, you’re almost certainly going to experience sudden spikes in traffic to your website or app if new government restrictions are imposed. And even if rules aren’t set by the government, an increase in people self-isolating and avoiding leaving the house is likely to have a similar effect. 

As well as that, if your workforce is going to have to increase or return to 100% remote working because of a new spike in COVID, you’re going to need to make sure you have the resources to support that. But the challenge is, if businesses don’t know when or how these changes are going to come, or how long they’re going to last, it’s difficult to make sure you have the resources you need. After all, the last thing you want to do is purchase resources and capacity you don’t need, just so it’s there when you need it. 

The solution is to find a cloud platform where computing power, memory and other resources can be quickly flexed up to suit your needs – without rapidly affecting your costs. To do that, you need the cloud – but not all cloud platforms offer the same flexibility. But with a virtual private cloud in UKFast’s own cloud platform, eCloud VPC, you’re covered no matter what happens. Here’s four reasons why:

1. Predictable and controllable costs, with no bill shock 

When it comes to times of uncertainty, businesses need the stability of knowing what their IT costs will be, whatever happens. But in the cloud, that’s not always the case. The established, large public cloud services generally operate on a consumption-based pricing model, which means that costs can fluctuate vastly depending on your usage. If, for instance, there’s a sudden spike to your website, or you need to spin up new instances to work remotely, your costs could shoot up quickly and suddenly.

eCloud VPC avoids this bill shock by giving businesses simple, predictable and repeatable costs.

2. Scale up quickly without technical expertise

When it comes to running an IT environment in periods of uncertainty, it helps to be able to make changes quickly. That might be assigning new resources to cope with a surge to your website or without needing external or technical expertise. After all, going through a third party to make changes takes time and money – a luxury which many businesses don’t have when reacting quickly.

With eCloud VPC, it’s easy for non-technical teams to quickly and easily spin up new instances, manage costs and reassign resources from within the MyUKFast platform.

3. Quickly reassign resources

Another challenge in many cloud platforms is the lack of flexibility once you’ve picked out the resources and workloads you need. If you’ve purchased, for instance, a certain amount of RAM and decide after a few months that the cost is better served by being converted to CPU, it’s very difficult to transfer the resources. Generally, you’re locked into the resources you’ve purchased, even if you no longer need them.

In cloud platforms like eCloud VPC, however, it’s easy to reassign resources within your cost bracket month to month, making it as affordable as possible to respond quickly to changing events.

4. No need to re-architect

Another key barrier when it comes to many cloud platforms is that it can be time-consuming and expensive to migrate workloads from an on-premises server. Generally, apps and workflows need ‘re-architecting’ to be effective and cost-efficient in the cloud – particularly when moving to large public cloud services like Amazon Web Services or Azure. This can be a significant barrier to moving workflows to the cloud, particularly if you’re having to do so quickly because of the latest government restriction or lockdown.

To avoid this, select a VMware-based virtual private cloud platform like eCloud VPC, which allows you to easily move apps and workflows without re-architecting.

Stay covered with UKFast’s virtual private cloud 

After a long pandemic, businesses everywhere crave certainty and stability. And while we’re certainly not going to get that about the pandemic any time soon, you can ensure your back is covered wherever and however you need to work in 2022. If you want to find out more about eCloud VPC, get in touch with our team today, or visit the eCloud VPC to find out more.