Introducing your business to the Cloud

With the Cloud computing era well and truly upon us, what factors to companies need to consider and how will the Cloud affect business’s in the future.

 

A combination of economic pressures and rapid changes in technological advancement is causing companies to consider how to combat these factors without compromising the security of their systems and successfully managing the stress on their IT departments.

The arrival of Cloud computing has fundamentally changed the way we do business, allowing  organisations to share resources, information and software across a growing multitude of connected devices. 

The current economic downturn has meant that business executives are looking for a high level of service and innovation for a low cost from their IT department.

Cloud computing, when properly considered, can be highly cost-effective, scalable and fast.  This allows it to provide a way to increase capacity, quickly, without investing in new infrastructure, staff training and licensing for new software.

There are different types of Cloud services available, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages enabling companies to decide on the most appropriate for their business needs.  They are as follows:

Public Cloud – A hosted, multi-tenant solution.  This offers the most leverage and best flexibility but the service provider owns all of the physical infrastructure and assets.

Private Cloud – The company hosts the resources in its own virtualised environment.  This enables better provision for security and privacy compliance but is expensive to set up.

Dedicated Hosting – Both virtualised and non-virtualised single-tenant computing, hosted off-site

Hybrid Hosting – This is a mixture of Dedicated & Private built into one solution, using a secure private network to connect to dedicated servers providing both security and flexibility.

Cloud can potentially save businesses time and money however properly considering your needs and options is greatly advised to ensure added value.