Just for once, it really is time to get your head into the Cloud. The Cloud is now, and it certainly is the future. According to research by CISCO, Cloud computing will virtually replace traditional data centres within three years. Cloud computing isn’t new; it’s been around for over a decade. But it has evolved. So, let’s have a look at what the Cloud is and what benefits it has to offer to your business.
What is the Cloud?
The concept of the Cloud can seem pretty vague to non-techies, but it’s not that complicated. Essentially, the Cloud refers to servers that can be accessed via the internet that contain both software and files that a business uses. In other words, a company no longer solely uses local hard drives to store information and programs.
Furthermore, with Cloud computing, a business doesn’t have to own the network infrastructure. Instead, they lease and pay only for the services they use. So, cloud computing is an on-demand, utility-based model of computing.
3 Types of Cloud Computing
There are three main types of Cloud computing, public, private and hybrid. Each has its pro and cons.
Public Cloud computing is the most common model. Here we have multiple users all connecting via the internet to a central resource. So public Cloud is similar to the way Netflix works. The benefits include increased efficiency and reduced costs because many users can share the same resources.
Private Cloud refers to a similar setup, but the ownership of the cloud space is closed and not accessible by the public. Private Cloud is of benefit to businesses who want the ease of access the Cloud offers but require more security.
Hybrid Cloud combines both of the above to varying degrees.
3 Main Benefits of using the Cloud for your business
Cost Savings. By adopting a pay-as-you-go model, businesses save money by only paying for the IT services they use. Plus, small businesses save by not having to invest in continually expanding systems as they grow. Shared resources also create savings.
Reliability. Reliability and downtime is a significant concern for all businesses. With Cloud systems, backup of the backup is normal, and most systems are monitored 24/7 to provide near 100 per cent uptime.
Mobility. Cloud systems offer portability and ease of access unheard of with traditional IT systems.