Common Challenges in Managing Data When Turning to the Cloud

As businesses grow and technology advances, it is inevitable you will need to consider more efficient ways to manage your data. This could be in the form of additional on-premise servers, but could also be where you take the leap into cloud data management.

Here we will talk about a few common challenges you may face when turning to cloud computing and ways in which you can overcome them.

Possible Incompatibility

When changing over from the system you have always used to a new cloud-computing platform, there is the possibility of code changes in order for you to work in the new system. For some, this may not be too much of an issue, but for those businesses looking to transfer with as little downtime as possible, this could be a hurdle.

As you are looking through your options, it would be in your best interest to find a cloud platform that requires little to no changes in your code. This can ensure a smooth transfer and won’t require your staff to learn a new form of code.

Financial Costs

We all know nothing is free, but when you are talking about moving your entire business’ data from one platform to another, the cost can appear daunting and disheartening. However, cloud computing is something you will stick with in the future, so you should be looking at this transfer as an investment. The end result in switching to the cloud will end up with you effectively reducing funds spent, as well as providing a more efficient platform for your team.

Although the upfront cost in switching to the cloud is there, the long term costs will greatly benefit you and your business. The wonderful thing about the cloud is the infinite space available for your data. Whereas, when working on an on-premise platform, as your business grows, you will need to purchase additional servers, and you also need to consider how often your hardware will become outdated and needs to be replaced or upgraded.

Resistance to Change

If there is one thing most of us can agree on or have witnessed before, it’s that no one likes change. When things change, what’s next is unknown. Your team has their rhythm, and throwing in a change this permanent can come with some resistance. The important thing to remember is that once in place, your team will be able to work more efficiently and effectively.

There may be a slight learning curve, but if you take note of number one challenge on this list, that change should go smoothly for you and your business. Nothing is perfect, but it can be way better. And with transferring to a solid cloud-computing platform, you will be able to experience a better work day and better work flow.

Conclusion

The team at Code Willing knows the struggle and created the solution for a simpler way to migrate to the cloud. Taking into account these challenges, we have built our own cloud-based file system and cloud workspace so that our clients can more efficiently conduct their business. 

Called CASFS+, not only has this migration been positive for our clients, we are also confident that our product will benefit businesses all across the board. Are you weighing your options with cloud computing? Click here to learn more about what CASFS+ can do in getting your business on the right cloud migration path.

 

A Workaround for Workarounds

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Solving Network File System Scaling Issues

It’s no secret the data science community has been addressing the reproducibility problem for some time now.

Data scientists are searching for better tools to manage their work environments, as extensive machine learning models begin to be deployed in the real world. 

Ultimately, academia followed what commercial people were doing – building cloud platforms

Many among us imagined some platforms would not solve their problem. Rather, it would only introduce even bigger problems and introduce complexity to existing legacy data science code. 

Consequently, several startups have begun to emerge to try and solve the problem of cloud-based file systems and platforms. 

There are some orchestration platforms thought of as a way to reproduce data science by containerizing the environment to run anywhere quickly. All without worrying how the operating system or environment is being managed.

Although this type of platform is beneficial in some areas, it does make workflow inflexible in the context of data science. It doesn’t allow users to work in a convenient and easy to understand workflow. 

Painful things like understanding how new platforms work, debugging running code, interacting with GPUs, file transfers, environment configuration, and deployments take as much as 60 to 80 percent of a developer’s time. Even if it’s elastic, it needs to be easier to use for a data scientist or developer.  

But now there’s an answer.

A new platform currently available on the market, CASFS+, has emerged and successfully solves the problem of data science workflow issues with a file sharing service and secure cloud storage.

The CASFS+ Platform and Cloud Storage Solution

CASFS+ focuses on existing architecture, solving the problems associated with the containerized environments and the inherited large/elastic file issues. 

Even more promising, they do this without changing workflows from writing to running or changing the existing workflow process setup by many companies. 

Rather than forcing you to work with a solution, the CASFS+ platform gives data scientists the freedom to focus on writing code.

CASFS+ Approach

The CASFS+ approach can be summed up in its mantra: “Making the full power of the cloud as easy to use as your private data center.” 

Most competitors have a similar approach of setting up a substantial data storage service. They typically use an SQL-like interface to a distributed model.

But with CASFS+, data scientists work on their servers with their tool of choice. 

This includes GIT, Python’s Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, and Jupyterlab. It also includes other tools like VS-Code for writing and GIT/SVN for versioning, while running on the platform’s network file system. 

From there, you can run your code in a cluster environment using SGE or Ray. 

And because the entire process uses live servers instead of containers, access to the running process for debugging is accessible via SSH. 

CASFS+ is the secure cloud storage platform to handle centralization of workflows and simplify interactions.

You can sync your work and datasets directly from your local PC to CASFS+. Think of it as a “lift and shift” of all your data. 

You run your application in the cloud and can sync your work back to the other machine once you’re finished. Even while doing all this, CASFS+ lets you continue working without any change in workflow.

Why Choose CASFS+?

The problem with any platform, including the newer platforms that need scaling, is pretty much the same. 

They want to compel people to use their platform. 

That is precisely the reason most users are currently looking for a system that won’t force them to change their platform. And now users can have it.

CASFS+ stands by that promise and is available on the market now along with a number of incredible features.

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Innovation in the Cloud

CASFS+ promises several innovative features to the cloud file system platform. 

Some features include deduplication of files, file usage per user stats, Prometheus stats availability, near instant availability of files once uploaded into the file object storage back end, and cost control.

The deduplication feature is highly valued and it’s not difficult to appreciate why. 

Redundant data consume tons of space, and immense datasets often have a considerable amount of duplication. 

The CASFS+ platform supports storage space administrators with the deduplication feature to help them reduce costs associated with duplicated data.

There are also issues relating to the cloud scaling network file system. There are significant scalability issues and remain to be a problem.

Many competitors struggle with the inability of the back end to scale at the same speed users pour into the applications.

CASFS+ has solved the cloud scaling network file system issues with performance and scaling.

Main Features

“The cloud tools available from CASFS+ make the full power of the cloud as easy to use as your private data center.” 

Using the idea of “Lift and Shift,” CASFS+ cloud tools are quick to set up and you can begin running your jobs without wasting days or weeks setting up the cloud.

The plug and play feature lets you simply run your existing on-premise code in the cloud. You won’t require any change while accessing all the power and benefits of the cloud.

The High-Performance Posix File System of CASFS+ is capable of spanning hundreds of machines. 

It can manage billions of files and thousands of petabytes of data while delivering the full aggregate bandwidth of managed object stores.

The API access lets you leverage all the powers of CASFS+ cloud tools and program them. It gives you the power and control over the environment of your cloud computing.

In addition to AWS, your environment provides the security features.

The team management tools offered by CASFS+ help you control, access, and budget your project.

One security feature allows for each budget to be managed by the team leader or administrator. With this feature, each user will be limited to the amount of money they can use each month for their cluster. If they are over 100% of their budget, a user will not be able to create new servers.

In addition to budget control, users will be restricted from root-level access to the underlying S3 bucket or file system.

All of these capabilities you earn empowers you to manage the way your team can leverage the public cloud.

Getting started is easy using VScode, Jupyter, or anything else. All you need is a browser.

Pricing

All the CASFS+ features come at a competitive rate. 

When going to host CASFS+, you can go to the AWS Marketplace to start the setup process. It should be noted there are no additional charges from CASFS+ to run the main server, however, customers will require an AWS server and AWS fees will apply. 

The CASFS+ fee is set up per connection at a rate of $0.30 per hour. Standard email support is included with this rate.

They also offer premium support options. For additional information on these options or to try out CASFS+, you can contact their team directly.

Luke Davis Becomes Chief Project Manager at Code Willing

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Code Willing, a leading independent provider of trading and data management technology for quantitative analytics and global multi-asset electronic trading, is pleased to announce that Luke Davis, who has served as a Director of Business Operations for the Company since December 2015, has assumed the role of Chief Project Manager. 

Based out of Code Willing’s new office in New Orleans and reporting to CEO Baron Davis, Luke’s key responsibilities include working closely with the development teams to help them achieve their goals, meeting clients’ needs in a timely and efficient manner, identifying opportunities to improve service delivery, and collaborating with the wider executive team on strategy and product innovation.

Baron commented, 


We are delighted that Luke has accepted this opportunity to be a bigger part of Code Willing. Luke brings valuable insights as a problem solver which will be pivotal as we continue to build momentum on our strategic growth objectives. We are excited to have Luke as an official permanent member of the executive team.”


Luke said, 


Having seen how forward-thinking, innovative, and client-focused the Code Willing team is over the past 4 years, I am delighted to be formalizing my position as Chief Project Manager. I look forward to continuing to work towards leading our development team to reach its goals and contributing to the company’s strategic plans.”


Prior to Code Willing, Luke has spent much of his career in the legal field and property management.  


About Code Willing

Code Willing is a leader in data management solutions for the financial industry. Built on 20+ years of experience in fintech and trading, Code Willing offers data management services, cloud analysis tools, low latency market data feed handlers and scalable high-performance file storage. For more information, please visit www.codewilling.com. Follow on Twitter @codewilling.