Cloud Computing: What is it, and what does it mean for my business?
We’ve all heard of cloud computing one way or another. In fact, you’ve probably used it before. Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, etc. It’s difficult to avoid because the future of business depends on it.
To put it simply, cloud computing is accessing resources – programs, files, data, etc. – through the internet. These resources are available to anyone who has a device with internet access, and of course, the login details to the cloud. Unlike hard drives, it cannot be destroyed, so rest assured that your data is 100% safe.
Among many, the main benefits that entice business owners to switch to cloud computing are the following:
Besides the fact that it reduces the need for hardware, it also requires less maintenance and labour, therefore cutting costs.
Your data is encrypted and then stored in secure databases. This makes your data inaccessible to hackers and anyone who isn’t authorised.
Your business can adjust the size of its storage needs quickly to suit its situation, which allows for flexibility.
Now that you’re aware of the amazing benefits of the cloud, let’s look at the different types of clouds and which one will suit your business.
A public cloud works on a subscription basis. You can pay by the hour, week, or even year. You don’t have to worry about maintenance, and you only pay for what you use. This option is good for small businesses. Examples of a public cloud would be Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud.
A private cloud is controlled by one company and is not shared with others. Its services and infrastructure is maintained on a private network. This makes it easier to customize resources to meet your IT requirements. You have more control, scalability, and flexibility. This option is good for bigger businesses.
A hybrid cloud combines a private cloud with a public cloud and allows data to move between the two. This option is cost effective and flexible. You essentially get the best of both worlds! A good example of a hybrid cloud is IBM’s Hybrid Cloud Solutions.
We, at Oasis, make it our mission to give you the best, tailor-made IT solutions for your business. We offer and support the following cloud services: Office 365, Google Apps, Exchange Online, Azure and File Storage. Contact us today!