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What is Cloud Computing?
The concept of Cloud Computing is the access or storing of data on hardware not physically housed within your premises, and that you connect to via an internet connection. Techcellence cloud services offer solutions that are secure, easy to use and are affordable for business. Specialising in small to medium and not-for-profit business, we offer the best cloud products and solutions to suit your business needs. If you are in the office, at home or connected to a public hot-spot – having your data in the cloud you can continue working as you move around.
There are 3 main definitions of Cloud based computing;
Software as a Service (SaaS) – This is where a business subscribes to an application it accesses over the internet. For example – Xero, salesforce.com
Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Where a business can create it’s own custom applications for use by all in a company. For example – Amazon AWS, Google App Engine and Windows Azure.
Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) – Provides you the computing infrastructure, physical or (quite often) virtual machines as well as file-based storage, networks etc. For example – Rackspace, Amazon EC2, Microsoft, Google Compute Engine.
Why move to Cloud Computing?
Access your data and applications from anywhere.
No need to have servers in-house.
Reduce the need for advanced hardware in-house.
No need to worry about transferring all your files.
Enables employee mobility.
Secure backup and disaster recovery.Secure backup and disaster recovery.
Pay on a cost per user per month.
Cloud computing is scalable to your business.
No need to carry sensitive data with you.
IS USING THE CLOUD ALL THAT SCARY?
In short.. NO the cloud is not something to be feared. The successful implementation of a cloud solution for your business depends on;
Knowing your business and it’s needs.
Evaluate cloud service providers carefully.
Determine ‘true’ costs.
Technical support – where will it come from.
Pay attention to security.
Create a disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
Implementation of a business IT policy
Training of staff
Determine integration downtime.
What are some the advantages of Cloud Computing?
Reduced IT costs
Moving to cloud computing may reduce the cost of managing and maintaining your IT Systems. Rather than purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, you can reduce your costs by using the resources of your cloud computing service provider.
You may be able to reduce your operating costs because:
- You may not need to purchase onsite hardware or software.
- You may be able to reduce wages by streamlining processes and removing the need for certain expert staff.
- Your energy consumption costs may be reduced.
- There are fewer time delays due to onsite outages or issues.
With most cloud computing services your business can scale up or down your operation and storage needs, allowing flexibility as your needs change. Rather than purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computing service provider can handle this for you. Changes to systems generally happen instantly and minimum to zero downtime to your business. Using the cloud in tandem with a reputable cloud services provider frees up your time so you can get on with running your business.
Protecting your data and systems is an important part of business continuity planning. Whether you experience a natural disaster, power failure or other crisis, having your data or systems stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location. Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimizing any downtime and loss of productivity.
Collaboration in a cloud environment gives your business the ability to communication and share more easily outside of the traditional methods. If you are working on a project across different locations, you could use cloud computing to give employees, contractors and third-parties access to the same files. You could also chose a cloud computing model that makes it easy for you to share your records with your business advisors – Accountants etc.
Cloud computing allows employees to be more flexible in their work practices. For example – you have the ability to access data from home, on holiday, whilst on a job site or in a meeting. (as long as you have an internet connection) If you need access to your data while you are off-site you can connect to your virtual office quickly and easily.
You are also not limited to single devices, cloud computing services give you the flexibility of connection to resources through multiple devices including – desktops, laptops, tablets and phones no matter what the brand or operating system.
Cloud computing gives you the advantage of quick deployment. Once you opt towards a cloud solution, generally your system can be up and running in a matter of minutes. The exact time will depend on specific systems, but without the need to install hardware and in some cases software your business can be up and running very quickly. Also, a cloud solution removes the business pain when or if you ever need to move premises or location.
Techcellence is a technology partner for businesses of all sizes. We are a full service technology partner with a passion for creating amazing things for clients in the Albury-Wodonga and surrounding region.
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