Cloud Deployment Models - Finding Your Business Fit

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 FingerTec 0 Comments



Companies have shifted to the cloud in throngs. According to Mc Kinsey’s report “Cloud-computing adoption has been increasing rapidly, with cloud-specific spending expected to grow at more than six times the rate of general IT spending through 2020”. Amongst the many benefits of cloud adoption are the reduction of IT overhead costs between 30-40%, helping to scale IT processes, optimizing IT asset usage, improving the overall flexibility in IT with better and more features, increase the quality of service, and many more. In short, the cloud is a means for businesses to achieve digital transformation. Nevertheless, organizations have to make that crucial decision of the type of cloud to adopt because apparently, not all clouds are the same. 

Let’s explore different methods by which a company can select the perfect cloud deployment model for the business, and we should understand the types and the advantages of them. 

Public Cloud - The Public Cloud model is the most sought-after cloud deployment by the masses. It provides reasonable levels of security, reasonably easy to implement, cost-effective and operation cost is affordable. These services are made available to the public and accessible to anyone. The resources such as servers and storage are owned and operated by a third-party cloud service providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, and delivered via the Internet. The cloud provider provides all hardware, software and supporting infrastructure and support to the customers. And the customers access the software and their accounts through a web browser. This type of cloud model provides maximum levels of reliability and scalability. 

Private Cloud - The Private Cloud model is the cloud services that are meant exclusively by a business or an organization, it resides inside the organization behind a firewall, and only the organization personnel has access to it. Data residency or the servers can reside at the company’s data centre or host at a third-party service provider. However, the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network, and the hardware and software are solely dedicated to one organization. This type of cloud model provides maximum levels of reliability and scalability. It is designed exclusively for the enterprise, whereby the businesses have greater control over the infrastructure and get network access and computational resources. This model is preferred by government agencies, financial institutions, or companies that require total control over their operations. 

Hybrid Cloud - The Hybrid Cloud model offers better flexibility for companies that want to keep the critical and sensitive data saved and intact in a third party system while sharing general resources in the public cloud for more lenient data access. There could be two parts of hybridization, on infrastructure and applications. Anyhow, the model should ensure safety, scalability, and performance overall. Hence, the Hybrid Cloud model distributes its services/features among public and private clouds via API integration. In daily operations, the users can use the on-premise application (third party application) or TimeTec application on a public cloud when necessary. Many businesses have adopted hybrid solutions because it allows employees to access business-critical applications and information to improve collaboration. 

TimeTec is a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider that opens up the possibility for any organizations or businesses that have an interest in our myriads of solutions to explore the possibility of the different cloud models with us. 

Going private with TimeTec solution is a possibility considering the budget and timeline of an organization. Rather than starting to develop applications desired from the ground up, TimeTec can help to mould the readily available solutions to match your business needs at a lesser cost and reduced timeline. Worth to note that the investment is still significant if compared to the public cloud, however, your organization will be in charge of the critical data, the security and the infrastructure of it, going forward. TimeTec, on the other hand, will be collaborating with your organization on the development of the application.

The scope TimeTec undertakes for a Private Cloud model on-premise or on a third-party cloud provider platform  includes: 

  • · Client’s Account Setup and Configuration
  • · Time Attendance Web Setup & Configuration
  • · Time Attendance Mobile Server Setup & Configuration
  • · Time Attendance iOS & Android App Setup & Configuration
  • · Client Database Server Setup & Maintenance (Multi AZ, Read Replica)
  • · Google Map Services Setup
  • · AWS Other Services Setup
  • · Installation & Commissioning of the Private Cloud for a client will be finalised pending discussions with the client
  • · Modules included:
    •     - Dashboard
    •     - Clocking Methods (Beacon, GPS, WiFi)
    •     - Attendance
    •     - Report
    •     - Report Scheduler
    •     - Language (English + One other)
    •     - SAP Integration (import or export of user listing/transaction log)
    •     - API & SDK for all supported current functions
    •     - Maintenance & Bug Fixing 

If you intend to go Private with our solutions, contact us at info@timeteccloud.com for more information and discussion. 

Another option on the table is Hybrid cloud; where TimeTec is open to collaborating with your company to achieve the level of integration required in the application side. With this integration, the organization can use both the on-premise/private application and TimeTec application on a public cloud when necessary for its daily operation. For Hybrid cloud the license subscription remains with additional requirements from the client and the scope TimeTec covers for Hybrid include:

  • · Integration via API on public cloud
  • · Maintenance & Bug Fixing
  • · Post Project Customization Requests

Interested to explore Hybrid Cloud Model, contact us at info@timeteccloud.com




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Benefits from Cloud-based Access Control System

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 FingerTec 0 Comments



Cloud computing is a burgeoning trend as today's world is keen to leap at the opportunity to transform into more technologically-adapted environments. In the world of business, the cloud is changing management at its most global ever. Is the cloud system a breakout hit? Definitely not. Chances are, humans relying more and more on cloud computing services to tackle problems and uprising challenges faced by a growing company and a fluctuating workforce.

At this juncture, enterprises should acknowledge that the intimate link between workforce and workplace security exists as the management demand evolves. Think about strengthening security, we all know that cloud-based access control systems claim best at reducing time consumption and lowering expenditure on operational costs while having the capability to tame the business empires' craving for security access system optimization. There are no accelerated formulas to achieve the best performance outcome if the gap between conventional and unconventional is not bridged.

To exclaim on the most trendy way of tightening security on-prem in the present, most companies have been moving the door of access control to cloud, believing that it can ultimately improve the efficiency and the security in a way that routinary don't. Here are the growing benefits and implications to convince you what cloud access control can bring to businesses:

01 Mobile-Friendly Real-time Validation
With cloud merging the application software, the Cloud Computing Applications are starring as the fastest-growing in the market with the ubiquitous smartphones. The mobile cloud approach enables access control to be designed, especially for mobile users to enjoy the 'remote access anywhere' and to use without being bound to the device operating system. Data synchronizes with people movement in real-time generated a strong monitoring platform for a revolutionary era.

02 Globally Scalable
Scalability is unquestionably another predominant and valuable feature of cloud computing. Scaling in the cloud demonstrates the delivering performances of the flexibility of time and money. There are no restrictions as to the difference between cultures, societies, and frame of mind. It is the 'One for all and all for one' demand that cloud systems can achieve. The capability to make prompt readjustment has patched up the flaws of many products that were not made reachable in achieving such a feature. Cloud is flexible. It accommodates a cavernous data flow rate without affecting the business operation and completes the transformation of existing infrastructure, creating effective leverage of the scalability of the cloud.

03 Easy to Administer Identity Management
System management personnel are relatively resourceful when compared with manual data tracking of access systems. To determine whether it is or not being accessed, whether it is allowed or not allowed to be authorized can all be done effortlessly via the Cloud-based system. The scouting process is made more accessible through this intelligence storage system when tracing the log of door activities is much-needed for management reporting and fraud-risk prevention used. 

04 Increased Collaboration
Cloud epitomizes less friction between people and systems. More significantly, between systems and management. The competency of the cloud illustrates a positive increase in the productivity of handling volumes of unknown identity registration. With a cloud-based access control system, the security and control of the building can be delegated to tiered admin levels that give levels of control across the organization without compromises. That being said, the cloud improved the total cost of ownership, giving the management more control over who comes and goes.

05 Low Infrastructure Costs for Local Servers and Hardware
Costs to be paid for on-prem access control systems are the lack of remote support and the high cost of installation and equipment input. Every refinement or tuning requires a support technician to come on-site and is challenging to install. Commonly, hardware does take up physical spaces, including wiring. It all may affect not only the system operation but also the cost and time of investment. Why the fuss when the cloud is a virtualized hardware with strong server consolidation and demand zero need for on-site hardware and capital expenses? Deal only with subscription-based models that prices are reflected based on actual usage and with the deliverance of effective after service at a moment’s notice through 24/7 web live chat, webinar and demonstration videos. 

06 Continuous Upgrading Features and Improvements
Static software systems limit functional programming. It is an unsafe method when the same output is given for the same input. Essentially, IT has a constant demand for enhancing competitive advantages for organizations and attaining consistency in running system management. Cloud allows users to get instant access to new features and to be a part and have a say in the product development cycle. Cloud attributes to these accessible features to be upgraded instantly for free and thereby, increase performance and capacity to run the program efficiently. 

07 Fast Recovery and Forever Backup System
Reliable access control data recovery across the entire infrastructure can be complicated. Cloud’s unlimited storage for file restoration and backup has broken free the formidable hurdle in server recovery. Blazing fast-in memory is one of the strongest strengths of Cloud systems. With its built-in database redundancies to reduce latency and optimize throughput, it demonstrated the compute capacity for failover to continuously backup.  


“The enterprise market has a thirst to move to access as a service, but they haven’t been able to get the response they were looking for [from providers].” -SDM article. Cloud-based systems are the ground-breaking blends of modern-day technologies. IT blindspots are removed through aspects of development such as remote-location management, infinite compute and storage capacity, unrestricted resources accessibility and more. There are so many reasons to move to a cloud-based platform. All in all, cloud access control systems are all about using a lesser amount of money and time to tighten security despite the size of the organization. 


Ready to move to the cloud? 
Drop us an email at info@timeteccloud.com or 
Visit our website to know more at https://www.timeteccloud.com/




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