What is Cloud Computing?
In the simplest terms, the “cloud” is a means for storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. Ultimately, the “cloud” is just a metaphor for the internet.
Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence – over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale.
Types of Cloud Computing
Not all clouds are the same and not one type of cloud computing is right for everyone. There are three different ways to deploy cloud services: on a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud.
Public clouds are owned and operated by third-party cloud service providers, who deliver their computing resources such as servers and storage over the Internet to anyone who wants to use them. Microsoft Azure is an example of a public cloud. With a public cloud, all hardware, software and other supporting infrastructure are owned and managed by the cloud provider. You access these services and manage your account using a web browser.
A private cloud refers to cloud computing resources used exclusively by a single business or organisation. A private cloud can be physically located on the company’s on-site data centre. Some companies also pay third-party service providers to host their private cloud. A private cloud is one in which the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network.
Hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds, bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them. By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, a hybrid cloud allows your business greater flexibility, more deployment options and helps optimise your existing infrastructure, security and compliance.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Here are some common reasons why organisations are turning to cloud computing services:
Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site data centres – the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling.
Most cloud computing services are provided as self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned quickly, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
Many cloud providers offer a broad set of policies, technologies and controls that strengthen your security posture overall, helping to protect your data, apps and infrastructure from potential threats.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate data centre, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Cloud Computing Services
Managed Microsoft Office 365
All your data, email, and applications in the cloud.
Microsoft Office 365, combines the power of the Microsoft Office suite with Microsoft’s cloud services like Exchange Online, OneDrive and Teams. These integrated services will empower your staff, giving them the ability to work and collaborate regardless of their location.
Cloud and cloud migrations
So, you want improved communication between your team, your suppliers, and your customers?
We can help identify the areas of your IT system that may benefit from being in the cloud. Cloud computing can help lower technology costs, increase security, and provide improved connectivity for your staff and customers.
Should I be moving to the cloud?
Cloud computing is a good option to consider and it should be part of your IT strategy discussion. However, at the end of the day IT is simply a powerful business tool. How you use that tool is dependant on your business needs. Our experience in the SME segment is that a hybrid solution is often the best way to get started. If you don’t have a IT partner who you can discuss the with, we are happy to offer advice.
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