What is the Cloud?
What is Cloud Computing?
In simple terms “the Cloud”,also referred to as "cloud computing" is a series of servers and databases located outside of your traditional office environment that are accessed via an internet link. This is different from on-premise servers/databases as there is no equipment, data or software applications connecting your devices. They are connected via an Internet link.
The cloud is an alternative to on-premise services and data centres. Essentially you pay a third-party provider for access to a proportion of their data centre and access your data/software/applications via the internet instead of traditional on-premises setups.
The cloud is a cost-effective solution as you do not directly pay for the services, you are sharing the costs with other users allowing easy access to your data and software from anywhere in the world and with no maintenance or overly technical setup on your end.
How does the cloud work?
Your business can implement in a number of ways, from private clouds – dedicated hardware and servers just for your business, but with reduced capacity for scaling up and down – to hybrid clouds and public clouds – hardware shared among a large pool of clients, allowing for increased flexibility to scale services up or down.
Do note, just because many businesses use shared hardware, doesn’t mean that security is compromised, advanced encryption and cryptography processes ensure your data is secured.
The cloud can be utilised for many different services and functions, some of which you are probably already using – such as Microsoft SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange.
What Cloud options are available?
Hosted Servers - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Hosted Databases & Services - Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Hosted Software - Software as a Service (SaaS)
Hosted Communications - Communications as a Service (CaaS)
High Performance Computing - For complex computing, such as large 3D renders & models