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A license to drive into the cloud

The services underlying many of the most popular online services would not be possible without a simple license, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

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If the disadvantages of the old ways are not convincing, consider these benefits of the new ways, suggested by Microsoft:

  • Increased storage and computing abilities enable both future growth and adaptability;
  • access to artificial intelligence and machine learning,built into the latest servers, helps to streamline existing processes and identify inefficiencies;
  • control and manage Windows-based networks more easily and comprehensively.
  • Reduce the risk of security breachesby designating what can run on servers, detecting when unauthorised users or machines are trying to connect, and offering better control of who has access.;
  • Prevent attacks and detect suspicious activitybefore it can harm company data or damage the business;
  • Most significantly, given the Covid-19 crisis, ensure maximum business continuityin case of natural disaster or failure, with site recovery in the cloud.

Companies that are still trying to understand the benefits of upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Server would do well to explore the Microsoft/Tencent Games case study. In summary, it argues that the combination of microservices and server technology allows the company to “create, deploy, and maintain the new game applications at large scale, that can start small, as needed, and grow to massive scale with hundreds or thousands of machines”.

Further, “game functions are isolated into a variety of services that help to reduce the complexity when building applications, avoid the repeated development workloads due to the dependence, and upgrade new features within applications independently. This means players only need to download a small installation package to play the newest game content that is updated automatically when they log in to the PC games”.

Now extrapolate that into business applications, and translate it into business operations. Suddenly, the full picture comes into focus. By upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Server, companies ensure their software is kept up to date even as it is being used. In this scenario, downtime will eventually become as archaic as manually installed software. A simple licence will be the only ticket to the game.

  • Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram on @art2gee

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