What is ‘Cloud computing’?

 

Storing data in the cloud is basically using remote servers which are hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data, as opposed to storing it on your personal computer, local server or physical hard drive.

Using the cloud encompasses everything from data storage to software to collaborative working. So what does it offer your business?

  • A lighter load: It operates pretty much the same way as normal computing except it’s not hosted on anything that you physically own. For example, instead of hosting Microsoft Exchange on the server in your office you rent the space in the cloud, i.e. huge data centres that have thousands of servers, each with virtualised servers which accumulates to a huge amount of space. This means you don’t have to spend money on upgrading or protecting your hardware because you no longer require that hardware.
  • Cheaper: Cloud is cheap because it is storage and processing power ‘mass produced’. Because data centres create space and host servers on such a huge scale it is much cheaper for them to manage per server. As a result they can rent the space to people and businesses at a fraction of the price of having the same technology in-house.
  • As a service: It’s not just servers and space that can be rented to you as a service. Cloud can offer almost anything as a service: software as a service (SAAS), infrastructure as a service (IAAS), platform as a service (PAAS). What this means is that you can access applications or software through the cloud and benefit from greater flexibility as you only ever pay for what you use. For example, SharePoint online is SharePoint but hosted on the cloud. You pay for a subscription and cancel it when you no longer need it.
  • Safety net: With all data stored on the cloud it is no longer dependent on your in-house hardware. So in this case of a disaster, such as theft or failure, it is easy to get your business back up and running. Users can simply log on through a different device and have access to all their stored data. This also supports flexible working as users can access their workspace from any device from anywhere in the world as long as they are connected to the internet.

Small businesses often shy away from the cloud because it’s very different to what they’re used to or they may be concerned that it will cost them too much to change their systems. At Trisoft we can help you to make the most of what the cloud has to offer and find practical ways that your business can improve processes and streamline costs. Cloud can be quite an ambiguous topic but our team can make things clearer for you, give us a call today to discuss your business goals.

Want more? Read our Cloud blog to dispel some myths and see how the Cloud can transform your business.

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