If Not Cloud, What? If Not Now, When?

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Most Saudi businesses and their IT teams have embraced that Cloud Computing is a reality. What prevents them is which cloud provider to go with Some businesses cite fears of information security and unauthorized access to their confidential data. Others are skeptical about the hidden costs. While others worry about vendor lock-in and unavailability of local backup of their data on the cloud.

Cloud infrastructure has been at the core of CloudiSystem’s strategy since 2013 when we launched the first generation of our cloud services. Since then, we’ve been working with hundreds of Saudi businesses helping their cloud journey by planning, executing and managing their cloud workloads. In addition, we’ve been enriching our cloud offering regularly so that our customers get the best value for their infrastructure investments.

CloudiSystem offers multiple hosting options:

  1. Private cloud infrastructure
  2. Hybrid hosting between public cloud and dedicated infrastructure at customer premises and/or in Cloudisystem data center
  3. Public cloud hosting at NourNet public cloud, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services

Accessible over KSA’s most advanced MPLS network and multiple Internet providers
Our cloud infrastructure is accessible over Saudi Arabia’s most advanced MPLS network. Our network covers the length and breadth of the Kingdom and offers a multitude of lastmile media. It is backhauled by multiple telecom operators to ensure service availability 24×7. If customers want to access our cloud over the internet, they could do so over multiple Internet service providers.

Backed by Managed Services
We’re one of the few cloud providers who offer cloud infrastructure along with optional managed services at very cost-effective rates. This relieves your IT team from managing your infrastructure on our or an international cloud so that they may focus on more meaningful tasks such as IT initiatives to support business growth.

24×7 Monitoring
Our cloud infrastructure is monitored 24×7 under an ITIL service management framework by a team of engineers who have advanced skills in all components. So you can be at peace that someone is watching over the infrastructure which hosts your crucial business applications.

Highly Secured

We have deployed multiple levels of security at the physical infrastructure level. In additional, your virtual servers are protected by antivirus software. Internet facing virtual servers are protected by web application firewall. Customers also have the option to further protect their Internet applications by DDoS services which ensures availability of your Internet based services.

No Hidden costs
Many local and international cloud providers do not reveal true cost of ownership. The devil is only revealed when you’ve signed up and get into the details. Not with us. Our proposals and contracts provide 100% visibility and predictability into the expenses.

Scalable
NourNet cloud services are scalable so that you don’t have to invest in over-sized infrastructure to cater for peak loads. You can start small and then increase the size of your infrastructure permanently or temporarily, as the need be.

Zero capex, only Opex
There’s no upfront investment that we ask for. Just pay a fixed monthly charge and you’re good to go.

Elastic
We do not force you to buy a minimum set of services. Start where you want to and then increase or decrease your consumption as per your business requirement

Having started as a local cloud service provider in 2013, NourNet has graduated to become Saudi Arabia’s only truly vendor-agnostic cloud services provider. We offer IaaS and PaaS on the following cloud platforms:

• Hosting on our public cloud
• Private cloud hosting in our data center
• Microsoft Azure
• Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This approach is driven by our customers. When we ventured into cloud services, cloud hosting was a novice concept in Saudi Arabia. Some customers were not sure as to how to go about it and those who were aware were skeptical of keeping their data outside Saudi Arabia. This became the primary reason why we begun by offering a 100% Saudi cloud. The traction was slow to begin with, but our local cloud adoption picked up and by the end of 2016, we had already launched 2nd generation of our cloud services.

By then, International vendors also started to pitch their cloud offerings to Saudi customers. We evaluated our options and concluded that adding international cloud services to our local offering would provide a good hybrid option to our customers. There are multiple reasons for this hybrid strategy.

1. Legacy Infrastructure

Almost all Saudi businesses started by hosting their production workload on-prem. While many customers have opted for hosting one or more subsequently services with a cloud provider, it is often difficult to move the production workloads to a cloud infrastructure of their choice. Hence both on-prem and on-cloud workloads need to be supported

2. Skillset
Since most cloud providers offer un-managed infrastructure, different customers opt for different cloud platforms depending upon the skillset their team had. Over time, as it happens, the skillset of IT teams changes due to people leaving or new people joining. Consequently, customers end up having a truly hybrid environment with multiple workloads on multiple platforms

3. Cloud Infrastructure Availability
Since none of the International cloud providers have an in-Kingdom infrastructure, customers have multiple considerations for opting for one over the other. Sometimes it is the Internet latency, other times it is native integration with their applications and other times it could promotions/offering from a certain cloud provider at a certain point in time.

For a customer-driven organization like NourNet, it therefore became clear that we won’t be able to support a large cross-section of our customers if we get into a lock-in partnership with one international cloud provider. That is the reason why, NourNet today offers multiple options when it comes to cloud infrastructure.

Virtual Servers
Virtual server on NourNet cloud is our basic cloud offering. Alongside basic compute, memory and storage, VMs come with options of Windows and Linux operating systems, antivirus, backup and managed services.

Backup as a Service
Our backup as a service is best suited for customers who have an on-prem infrastructure and who want to have an off-site backup. The service is also ideal for customers who have their primary workloads on Microsoft Azure but want to keep their primary or backup data within Saudi Arabia for compliance reasons. Microsoft Office 365 customers can opt for the service to have a local copy of their mailboxes.

We offer multiple options of backup on our cloud.

Every business knows that recovering from natural disasters, fires, and terrorist activities is difficult. However not every business realizes that disruptions caused by server breakdown, cyber attacks and power outages can also have a significant impact on business continuity and business’s credibility.

NourNet offers disaster recovery solution on our cloud.

DR on our Cloud
This is the most cost-effective option for a disaster recovery solution for your business. Whether your primary application infrastructure is on your own premises, is hosted in a provider data center like NourNet or is on an international cloud like Microsoft Azure or AWS, we offer a virtual DR service on the cloud. We achieve this by creating an environment which is similar to your primary environment and depending upon your recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), we setup the replication to be either continuous or timed.

Customers also opt for business continuity workspaces (hot seats) to enable their IT team to continue running the IT infrastructure in case their primary location of operation becomes unavailable.