One of the most popular buzzwords of the last decade has been the “cloud.” This word has found its way into business magazine, tech blogs, and everyday conversations as businesses look into the benefits that cloud computing can offer. You just can’t seem to escape cloud computing no matter where you look.
But this particular buzzword deserves the buzz. Cloud computing offers many advantages that many traditional on-site options can’t. Let’s take a look at how a cloud computing can help your business.
What Is The Cloud?
Everyone has heard of the cloud, but in most instances the cloud that’s being referenced is a public cloud. For instance, if you use Amazon’s cloud service to back up your personal photos, those photos are on a server with photos from millions of other customers. But these cloud services can also be used by businesses that are looking to make the most of off-site computing power and storage, as well as the additional security it can offer. Li9 is an authorized reseller of these managed cloud services from Amazon, Microsoft, and Rackspace.
A private cloud, on the other hand, provides a business with their own personal space that is not shared by anyone else. The off-site servers will be given their own architecture that is specifically made for that business’s needs. Unfortunately, you’ll still need someone on-site to manage the cloud storage in its entirety.
Where Is It?
You can guess why the word cloud was chosen to represent data that can be accessed from just about anywhere. But while there are certainly some situations in which the information is flying through the air via Wi-Fi, it’s much more likely that most of the information will still be transferred via traditional hardlines.
The information a business sends to the cloud is not kept on-site. Instead, it’s kept at a site that’s hundreds or thousands of miles away on servers that are set up for the very purpose of providing cloud services.
Can It Grow?
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing services is its scalability. In a traditional on-site model, a business would have to purchase additional hardware as the business grew, perhaps even expanding the server room or at the very least paying for more power. If that computing power or storage space was only needed for a week, then the company is stuck with the hardware.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, allows for near-immediate upgrade. Businesses grow without having to spend the time researching new hardware or needing the resources to work it into an existing server room. Not only can it help as a business grows, but upgrades can be temporary if the space and / or computing power is needed for a short amount of time.
Cloud computing’s ability to grow is especially important in businesses that have multiple locations. Instead of each building having its own server room, the cloud allows a business to have much less hardware on-site, meaning that fewer techs are needed to babysit each.
Why Is Access So Important?
Of course, one of the biggest advantages of a cloud infrastructure is that remote access is easier than ever. More people are working remotely than ever before, and that means that they’ll be wanting to access their files from around the world on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. A cloud computing company like Li9 can make sure that employees are happy in their ability to access their work, all while making it as secure as on-site computing (if not more so).
Who Controls It?
Cloud computing infrastructure always has to be considered carefully when you’re thinking of migrating to the cloud. Will you write your own software that is used on a private cloud, or will you go with the 24/7 monitoring that a cloud computing company such as Li9 offers?
The fact is, with managed cloud services, you have the control you need without having to deal with many of the problems associated with on-site computing. We can: design and implement the cloud computing infrastructure you need; monitor it all day, every day; help you upgrade as necessary; report on any problems or attacks that might have been attempted; and upgrade security as necessary.
Migrating to the cloud is becoming an effective option for many businesses because of the many benefits it offers over on-site options. Click here to find out more about our managed cloud services and how it can help your business grow.