Unless you have been living in a cave, you would have come across people talking about cloud this and cloud that. This blog article intends to help explain what “the cloud” is and why you should care about it.
In simple terms, the cloud is just a bunch of computers that are connected to each other over the internet.
In the past it was only large corporation who could afford to setup and run computers in the cloud. But as time has gone on and technology has improved the costs have decreased and all businesses can now benefit from what the cloud brings.
Cloud infrastructure allows you to run apps, store and access data across multiple devices without needing to have everything installed on your device or local network.
The Cloud Allows Access to Corporate Grade Services
Instead of spending money up front buying, configuring and managing on premise servers, cloud computing opens opportunities for businesses to offload this role to cloud service providers. They can then gaining the flexibility to easily boost or reduce resources as their needs change while having access to services and functionality that previously only big businesses could afford..
A real benefit of running software in the cloud is that it means highly sophisticated applications can run from your computer or phone, the cloud then does all the heavy lifting. This can then significantly reduce the amount you need to spend on your devices and how often they need to be replaced.
The cloud is also a collaborative place to be. Tools like Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace make it super easy to share documents and work as a team. You can even work together in real-time and give each other instant feedback as you go.
When set up and managed correctly, the cloud is the safest place to keep your data. Your data is kept is secure data centres with multiple levels of security.
Of course nothing is 100% secure, but which is more likely to happen: a staff member leaving their laptop in the back of a taxi or the might of Microsoft getting hacked? if Microsoft get hacked it would cost them millions and millions of dollars and cause irreparable damage to their reputation.
Types of Cloud
There are three main types of cloud, private, public and hybrid.
A private cloud is a network of servers that are dedicated to supporting a single business. The hardware is solely dedicated to this one business, and they allow that business to have full control over every aspect of their cloud environment.
The public cloud refers to networks of servers that are wholly controlled by third party cloud service providers. Clients share resources and hardware with other companies and organisations but can only see and access their own data. The public cloud costs less than setting up a private cloud, and there is far less maintenance and an extremely high level of reliability.
Some firms like to mix and match private and public clouds their different needs. Hybrid cloud setups allow businesses to quickly move between the two as their requirements change.
If you are thinking of the cloud then we can help you to make sense of it all. Working with the right IT support partner early will help make sure that you head in the right direction and help you make the most of the opportunities that cloud computing offers.
Contact us now to help you with all your cloud needs.