The Cloud: A phrase that for many conjures up images of typical British weather, leaving many with the question: “What exactly is ‘The Cloud’?”
This article attempts to clear things up in time for summer and answer that very question.
What is ‘The Cloud’?
The cloud in its simplest form means: a set of servers or services offered over a publicly accessible network (ie. the internet)
Many people use cloud technologies every day, without even giving it a second thought.
Gmail, Outlook.com, OneDrive, iCloud and Dropbox are excellent examples of cloud based services you’ve likely come across both at home, and in the workplace.
What can ‘The Cloud’ do for me and my business?
There are many advantages for those looking to use cloud technologies:
Reducing infrastructure costs
Utilizing cloud technologies such as Microsoft’s Azure can help your business reduce it’s spend on IT hardware, maintenance agreements and ongoing costs associated with power and cooling.
Whilst services such as Azure don’t yet totally eliminate the need for on-site servers, it does reduce the quantity of servers your business may need to purchase or refresh in the future.
Improving your Disaster Recovery plan
If you have a need to back up your data, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, using a cloud service to store an offsite copy of your important documents or servers can offer a cost effective way of improving your disaster recovery plan.
Can you PaaS me the what???
Ever heard terms such as IaaS and PaaS? No idea what they mean? Read on…
IaaS: Infrastructure as a service allows you to create your own virtual servers, without the financial overhead of purchasing your own server hardware.
PaaS: Platform as a service offers the ability to host auto-scaling websites and SQL databases, without the financial overhead or technical complexities typically associated with hosting those services in-house.
SaaS: Software as a service, such as Office 365, gives businesses the ability to improve collaboration and communication between employees and other businesses.
There you have it, the next time someone’s talking “the cloud”, theres no need to vacantly stare into the sky and wonder…