What is the Cloud?
"The Cloud" has become a buzzword in the IT world and the adoption of cloud services is growing at a phenomenal rate. But do you really know what it is?
Defining the Cloud
Cloud computing is the delivery of IT products and services over the Internet. Shared resources, software and information are made available to computers and other devices over a shared network.
You access applications in the cloud through a web browser or lightweight desktop application while your company software and data are stored on cloud servers in a different, secure location.
THE BENEFITS OF THE CLOUD
As businesses grow and slow, the cloud flexes too so you always have the perfect fit for your business.
The beauty of the cloud is that you effectively only pay for what you use. No more over subscribing or buying bulk licencing "just in case".
The cloud is a great tool for business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios. Simply pick up where you left off from a different location.
The cloud can handle peak times and you won't experience the slow-down when resource limits are reached as you do with traditional computing.
Cloud services can be accessed on multiple devices, from PCs and laptops to mobile phones and tablets.
Data is stored centrally, replicated and backed up to multiple locations. In the event of hardware failure, even a whole data centre, servers become available in a matter of minutes.
The upkeep is much simpler. Applications and software don't need to be individually installed on each user's PC and they can be accessed almost anywhere.