The Cloud

We’re hearing the term everywhere, but what does it really mean to you, and do you understand the implications for your business?

What is Cloud Computing?

A technological revolution is sweeping across businesses, all the result of the internet. Quite simply, cloud computing is the use of computer resources delivered over the internet. By using a web browser, users can store their data and infrastructure in secure, remote data centres (anywhere in the country, not in the sky!) and have easy access to cloud-based applications. It’s all about putting your data into the internet, sharing  resources with others, and storing less on your PC’s or business servers.

Ivy will help you make the leap into the cloud and will help determine which cloud services are a good fit for your business.

Benefits of sharing the load

  • No more outlay on installing hardware or servers
  • Saves you office space. No air conditioned computer room required
  • Outsourcing of server maintenance, monitoring and backups to experts
  • Trusted security and threats in the hands of specialists
  • Flexibility to scale up or down on demand
  • Access from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Pay-as-you-go. You’re in control
  • Saves money all round particularly on energy costs
  • Economy of scale as resources are shared

 

What types of Cloud Computing are there?

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). These are ready to go services and applications accessed simply by using your web browser.

PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). These are services like operating systems, databases or web servers offered by a cloud provider on which developers can build custom applications.

IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). This is the provision of servers or virtual servers that organisations use on a pay-as-you-go basis.

OaaS (Operations-as-a-service). This provides operations like runtime governance and takes care of the responsibility of policy enforcement and lifecycle management.

 

Public, Private or Hybrid clouds

When we refer to ‘the cloud’, we generally mean the public cloud, where access is available to all, and data is held in a remote data centre. However, where there is an issue with privacy of data or where legislation restricts the co-mingling of infrastructure with other host customers, then a ‘private cloud’ on your own premises is the solution.  For many businesses a hybrid approach fits the bill. Sensitive data being stored on a ‘private cloud’ with development data stored on the ‘public cloud’.

Stay ahead of the game with Ivy

With cloud computing becoming more accessible to businesses, access to large amounts of computing and storage infrastructure is now possible. Ivy can advise you on whether the public, private or hybrid cloud is best suited to your business and help get you ‘out there’. We can help you with cost analysis by investigating the impact and savings of using cloud-based solutions. We can migrate your existing data and applications to the cloud and help you stay ahead of the game.

Don’t miss the opportunity

Some IT departments are hesitant about cloud computing, fearing that data will be lost and they will have less control, but in reality it makes their departments more efficient. Cloud computing opens an amazing opportunity for businesses willing to deliver their business solutions much faster and cheaper. 

Consider how cloud computing can provide a competitive advantage for your business.

Change always brings opportunity – make sure you don’t miss out.

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