Why Businesses are Moving to the Cloud
The ‘cloud’ is a real buzzword these days. But what is it and how is it connected to your business? Is it really anything new?
What does Cloud Computing mean?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing data and programs on an external server (Cloud Server or ‘virtual space’), as opposed to storing them on a proprietary hard drive or local storage device. The ‘Cloud Hosted’ applications and data are then accessed remotely over the internet instead of locally.
In the past it was standard practice to run applications or programs from software that was downloaded to computers and/or servers that were housed in the same building. Cloud computing cuts those complexities by allowing users to access the applications through the Internet.
Many individuals access cloud computing on a daily basis, very often without even knowing they are. For example, when you are using social media you are using cloud computing. Or when checking your bank balance on your mobile phone, you are connecting to the cloud server of your bank. It’s also very likely that you depend on a cloud server when sending emails ‘on the go’ from your mobile phone, or when using Apps to help you manage your workload.
Deployment Models for Cloud
Typically, there are three types of clouds, each of which has unique features to others.
Cloud servers can be either public, private or hybrid.
Public cloud servers – provide services and storage on servers over the Internet for a fee, and are accessible to many users and customers, although each customers data remains hidden from others. These are controlled by third-party companies, who handle and operate all the hardware, software, and regular infrastructure of the server.
Private cloud servers – provide services that store data ‘privately’, which is only accessible to a certain number of people within your own organisation.
Private cloud servers are reserved for specific clientele, usually a specialised business or organization. Many private cloud computing services are provided on private network.
Hybrid clouds – are a combination of both public and private servers. This type of cloud allows the user more flexibility and helps optimize the user’s infrastructure.
Some benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud services provide many benefits for individuals and companies. To mention just a few –
- Cloud-based software enables company employees and contractors to use software from any device via a browser or a native App.
- Users can check their email from any device that is connected to the Internet, and even store files using Dropbox and Google Drive.
- It offers businesses substantial cost-saving potential. Before cloud servers became a viable alternative, companies spent a huge amount of money purchasing and maintaining costly information management technology and infrastructure.
- Cloud structure allows individuals to save storage space on their personal computer or laptop.
- Upgrading software is easy and more affordable as software companies can offer their products downloadable via the Internet rather than via tangible methods such as discs or flash drives.
- Cloud computing enables all the ‘work’ to be performed from huge computer clusters in cyberspace. Your data, applications and files are available from any device that is connected to the Internet, anywhere in the world.
- When applications and data is stored virtually on the cloud, a user can enjoy the freedom to work remotely, reducing or even completely eliminating company costs of providing physical offices for staff.
- Cloud computing removes the heavy lifting involved in carrying a device around at work to access and process data that is stored only on that device.
Haven’t Been to Cloud Yet? Want to know more?
All of the above benefits, and more, make it easy to understand why most businesses, from small to large, are moving their technology and data into the cloud.
ASHNET has pioneered enterprise cloud computing, with all of our solutions being entirely cloud-based.
Start your journey to the Cloud server today. Contact ASHNET to discuss your unique business needs. We will provide recommendations for the right cloud services to cover all your requirements. From data, applications, storage, accessibility and security, to everything in between.