Cloud has become a buzzword and to those who aren’t exposed to it, it remains a buzzword. The software has been into the business over decades now growing like a banyan tree, and at any point of time, there is always another new branch to it spreading out shade in the form of opportunities and growth.
Today deployment over the cloud is a day to day task. Thanks to all the leading cloud providers and the experts on the cloud who help software gain potential at a quick pace.
Having developed and deployed numerous applications on the cloud, here is a short guide on how you can get your product on the cloud in less than a day.
Choosing the right cloud provider
The cloud market today has various service providers offering great service at competent prices. You may have to spend a few hours identifying the right ones based on your needs. The choice of the cloud provider should depend on your tech stack, deployment strategy, and application usability.
Points to consider while choosing a cloud provider for your product
- The first and the foremost aspect is to choose between IaaS, SaaS, PaaS. Your Product’s tech lead should be able to guide you with this
- Next is to find if the cloud provider can offer the required database support
- Cost is a crucial aspect and that is one of the main reasons why cloud technology even exists. Based on the requirement of the product, you need to choose the one that can provide reliable services at an efficient cost.
Hashedin being an advanced AWS partner has been using and providing professional support on AWS and its products for most of its customers. Heroku is also considered for quick and small-scale applications that need to go live immediately.
Launching a machine on the cloud server
After taking the right decision in choosing the cloud provider, the next task is to launch a machine in your cloud account. This task shouldn’t ideally take more than a couple of hours as the cloud is powered with great UI for launching and handling a server on the cloud. Your machine should be immediately up and run once launched.
While launching a machine consider the size, memory, operating system, cost, and scalability. A lot of your products’ performance would majorly depend on your machine’s configuration.
Installing necessary software on the server
As a one time task, your tech lead might want to install a few necessary software such as the web and/or application servers, frameworks, software etc.
This task should be straightforward like working on a development machine as cloud providers offer you great command line interfaces (CLI) to login to your machines and perform operations.
Build your product on the server
Once the setup as mentioned in the previous steps are complete, it’s time to build/deploy your application.
You should be able to transfer a version of your product from your revision control to the cloud machine and build it on the right path. Or, If you have a CI or a built distributable of the product you may move them to your web/app server’s location.
Launch your application
Now your product must be ready for launch, and just before you actually launch it, verify your database connections and external integrations if any. Once all of them are ready, it’s time to launch and serve it over the cloud for your users.
Your application should be served over a public IP on a specific port, in addition to this, your cloud server should allow you to map your custom domain from your cPanel account, enabling custom domain redirection.
All the above tasks should ideally consume less than a day in empowering the quick launch of software products without any hassle.
Also note, these steps help you quickly launch a product on the server assuming you have a standard level of product setup and integrations. In case your product demands additional integrations, it might consume more time depending on the integration and the cloud server.