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Cloud computing for business: What you need to know

Last year, the move to the cloud accelerated at a rapid pace, with 91% of businesses increasing their cloud usage to keep their business-critical services going in a safe and secure way.

Nevertheless, many organisations are still holding back, reluctant to migrate to the cloud, and according to IBM, some businesses have only moved as little as 20% of their workloads to the cloud.

Although, migrating to the cloud for a business that has been running workloads on premise for years can be very daunting, it is more important than ever to understand how cloud can support your business. Without its flexibility and accessibility, many companies could not have kept their businesses running during the pandemic.

Building on our experience, we have put together a comprehensive Cloud Guide with extensive information and advice on cloud computing for business. To help you get started faster, this blog provides a high-level outline of the topics covered in the guide.

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What is cloud computing in simplest terms?

Cloud Computing means the delivery of services such as software applications (e.g. CRM, ERP), servers, storage, and analytics over the Internet to offer an enormous number of benefits, including reduced costs, increased security, reliability and performance.

What are the key benefits of cloud computing?

  • Cost efficiency – cloud Services are available on flexible and convenient monthly subscription (Opex) which allows your business to scale on demand.
  • Resilience and Security – most providers offer dual power, on-site generators, 24/7/365 on-site security and other biometric measures to protect your data.
  • Accessibility and Convenience – cloud services can be accessed securely over the internet, from any location and on any device.
  • Flexibility and Scalability – with cloud it is possible to scale up resources as and when needed for example to cater to an extended size of users.

How secure is data in the cloud?

Migrating to the Cloud significantly improves the security of your systems and data through the use of enterprise grade hardware, software and security technologies which are managed by the service provider.

Iaas, PaaS and SaaS – explained and compared.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service typically includes virtual servers, storage, software licensing and network connectivity, providing your business with everything it needs to migrate to the cloud.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service allows you to develop, test and deploy software in the cloud, whilst benefiting from a fully managed service, in which the service provider is responsible for the management and operations of the underlying hardware.

Software as a Service (Saas)

Software as a Service provides with you access to an application via a web browser, usually on a monthly subscription for simplicity and convenience. With this model, the provider is responsible for the management of all aspects of the service.

What is the difference between public, private and hybrid cloud?

Public Cloud

Public cloud is the most common deployment model where multiple organisations share the same hardware, storage, and network devices with other organizations, with access via a web browser. Public cloud examples are web-based email, online office applications, storage, and testing and development environments. Public Cloud is significantly more cost effective than a Private Cloud platform, whilst offering protection.

Private Cloud

Private cloud is strictly dedicated to one client, business or organisation, located at on-site datacentre, or it can be hosted by a third-party service provider. Private clouds are often used by government agencies, financial institutions.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud provides the ultimate flexibility, providing the ultimate blend between on-premises infrastructure and private or public cloud. For example, when your business grows, you can quickly scale up your on-premises infrastructure to the public cloud, and pay only for the extra computing power you need.

Cloud computing for business guide

To find out how cloud computing can be used in your business and learn what to consider before embarking on your cloud journey download our cloud guide here >>>