The need to meet government regulations, and the market's ever-increasing demand for a quality service and availability, pose enormous challenges for service providers.
The inevitability of storing a huge amount of access logs, and how to maintain an authentication infrastructure and accounting redundant with high-availability, results in high costs for the data center infrastructure and equipment acquisition. Cloud computing can help optimize and reduce these costs.
The civil landmark law of the internet has created the obligation to store logs for up to 1 year. The costs required to store these logs can be optimized with the use of cloud computing capabilities as the required resources can be allocated as needed as data increases. This avoids the high costs of acquiring and maintaining equipment if the data were stored on an infrastructure of its own. The optimization of spending is another point to highlight, since the acquisition of own equipment creates the problem of "solution in search of necessity", where full use of new storage equipment occurs only in a few months (or years), leaving a considerable period of underutilization of the new acquisition.
Cloud computing solutions enable dynamic allocation of resources, occasional temporary demands (such as launching a new version of windows or IOS, launching a new game, streaming a new serial episode, etc.), allocating more resources only during the period of greatest use, avoiding idling resources and subsequently generating unnecessary costs.
Currently all major network solution vendors, also have virtualized solutions for routing, firewall, access control, load balancing, and can be deployed on demand. With this it is possible to provide an environment with greater availability and with the quality demanded by the clients, as the new demands of connection can be allocated dynamically as needed.
Have a look at a detailed example on this subject:
A provider has an authentication server capable of handling up to 100 requests per second. The World Cup increases the number of requests to 200 per second, and after the games, the demand returns to normal. A conventional solution requires the purchase of new equipment capable of meeting the greater demand, only for this short time during the event, or reduce the quality of the service offered in the period, which is quite undesirable and can generate future loss.
A solution based on cloud computing would allocate more resources to meet the peak requests only during the time of greater demand. Customers would not notice any drop in the service quality, and the provider would be charged only for the additional use of the resources, without any future unnecessary additional costs.
Another example of use is the storage capacity of connection logs being close to the maximum limit, and to comply with the laws and regulations it is necessary to acquire a new storage. The purchase and installation process is slow and may take days or months depending on the size of the solution required. A feature in cloud computing can be instantly allocated to meet new demand, avoiding any hassle for loss of information, or even fines or lawsuits due to non-compliance with standards required by regulatory agencies.
As we can relate, even small access providers can benefit from cloud computing technologies, enabling them to provide a higher quality service to their customers, optimizing costs, enabling the controls needed to meet standards and requirements, and finally, provide a differential for an increasingly competitive market.