Cloud computing is the delivery of computer services over the internet. As an example if you have a Google Mail or Hotmail email account you are already using “the cloud”. The cloud is a big shift from the traditional way you may think about IT resources and can provide many benefits. The main benefits we see for our customers include;
- Cost – Cloud computing removes the upfront cost (capital expense or ‘capex’) of purchasing hardware and software, as well as the setting up and running of services with on premise locations.
- Performance – The largest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware.
- Productivity – On-site resources typically require a lot of maintenance – hardware setup, software patching and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, thus reducing IT costs in these areas.
- Reliability – Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored on the cloud provider’s network. This is a major benefit to many small and medium sized business who have found business continuity unachievable due to financial constraints.
Office 365 is much more than just the latest version of the Microsoft Office products you are familiar with. It is a subscription based service that also includes productivity services that are enabled and utilised over the internet. Learn more
Cloud backup provides seamless and secure backup of your data to the cloud and takes care of the management and monitoring for you. Our service guarantees that your backups are secured, scalable, fast and efficient. You won’t be locked to one backup destination, you can keep backups in the cloud as well as locally on an external hard drive or any network location.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS is one of the most popular forms of cloud infrastructure. In simple terms IaaS is renting your servers from a cloud provider. You don’t need to pay for the server up front, buy an operating system license, wait days or weeks for a computer to show up, have a server room to house it or pay for electricity to power it.