Cloud Computing

What is it and why it’s important to your business?

Everyone has heard of Cloud Computing and many of us are already using this technology, but for completness..

Cloud Computing comprises of services made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing Service rather than services provided from a company’s own on-premises servers. Cloud services are designed to provide easy, scalable access to applications, resources and services which are fully managed by the cloud services provider.

Cloud service can dynamically scale to meet the needs of its users, and because the service provider supplies the hardware and software necessary for the service, there’s no need for a company to provision or deploy its own resources or allocate IT staff to manage the service.

Examples of cloud services include online data storage and backup solutions, Web-based e-mail services, hosted office suites and document collaboration services, database processing, managed technical support services and more.

Cloud Computing is about working smarter, leaner, and more efficiently. Due to economies of scale, it also cuts your energy consumption and reduces your carbon footprint.  One of the biggest advantages is that it is Always-On technology so there is no need to follow normal business hours – it’s always open, so you and your staff can access 24/7.

Some of the benefits:

  • Reduces the need for expensive in-house IT
  • Low capital outlay
  • Easy to budget
  • Round-the-clock 24/7 availability
  • Secure Access
  • Any time, any device Access
  • Automatic Backups and most importantly
  • Ability to Scale with your Business needs

We think you’ll get the picture.

Which:  Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud?

Which Cloud platform is suitable for my Business? We  take the time to understand your business, analysing your needs, skills and budget. There are reasons why Cloud my not be practical for your Business i.e. poor internet connection at your site and industry you operate in. Talk to one our consultants to see if Cloud Computing is right for you.

Public Cloud

is one based on the cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage basis.

The standard cloud computing model most people think of is the “public cloud” which is managed by the Service provider.

Private Cloud

Proprietary network or data center that uses cloud computing technologies, such as virtualisation, is built specifically for the organisation serves. The organisation is also responsible for managing the system.

Hybrid Cloud

As the name implies Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which makes use of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services. By allowing workloads to move between private cloud and public clouds as computing needs change, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options.

Hybrid Cloud is currently deployed by larger companies and companies testing the cloud platform as it offers best of both worlds.

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