What is cloud computing?
While the definition of ‘cloud’ computing continues to evolve, there are some basic characteristics which indicate that a computing practice is conducted ‘in the cloud’:
- The service or application is accessed over the internet
- You don’t need to own or manage any servers to access it
- The ability to scale applications and services to meet the demand of the business easily and immediately.
- You pay the cloud service provider a rental fee rather than a one-off purchase price
What are the benefits of moving to the cloud?
Cloud computing has many advantages over running applications on your own servers:
- Cost efficient, due to sharing the provider’s resources with other customers,
- No capital expenditure
- Good for mobile and remote workers, as your employees just need a public internet connection to access the files and applications they need
- Good for business continuity and disaster recovery, as it isn’t affected by incidents at your premises and workers can continue working from home
- More reliable, as the provider can run servers across multiple sites
- Easy scalability, so that you don’t hit bottlenecks in growth
- Enterprise-class server security for any size of customer
- Enterprise-class security options for users, such as 2-factor authentication
Making the Cloud Your Own
We are always careful to assess your specific needs before migrating a service to the cloud. Whatever your requirements, we have the expertise to implement the appropriate cloud solution – which can also take the form of a hybrid cloud and on-premise infrastructure.