Cloud Computing

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What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is simply a set of pooled computing resources and services delivered over the internet.

The most common analogy to help explain cloud computing is comparing it to a utility service provider such as an electricity supplier. Using such a service eliminates your need to generate your own electricity since it is provided on demand from the electricity grid as it is needed.

In the same way cloud computing means you do not need to store applications or services locally on your PC or network and can access these via the internet. The ever decreasing costs and increasing capacity of high speed internet has made it possible for all organisations to access enterprise grade IT by delivering it over the internet as a utility.

In the traditional model of computing, both data and software are fully contained on the user’s network and local computer.  In a cloud computing model a computer may contain almost no software or data and serves little more than a display terminal whilst accessing the services over the internet.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

  1. A business can gain significant benefits by transferring their IT over from a traditional computer network to a hosted cloud solution. However, it is not suited to all organisations and businesses should seek expert IT advice when considering such options.
  2. Cloud computing offers you the very latest technology and enables you to easily access and share resources, application software and information from any location whenever you like. It may save your business time and money, increase your data security and give you and your staff flexibility in the way you work.
  3. Cloud computing replaces expensive hardware upgrades and extends the lifecycle of existing hardware providing an immediate capital saving. Additional cost savings can also made by reducing the number of on-site servers, reducing energy consumption and improving your carbon footprint.
  4. To keep your IT up to date in future you simply draw additional resources from the cloud only paying for the services as you need them on a monthly cost per user basis.

Key Benefits

  • Reduced IT Capital Expenditure Costs
    Removes the costs associated with hardware replacement and software upgrades and provides the latest enterprise level software for a fixed monthly fee.
  • Reduced IT Overheads – Cloud computing will dramatically improve your energy efficiency, reduce bills and improve your carbon footprint.
  • Reduced IT Maintenance Costs – Fewer resources are required in-house to support your IT since cloud services are centrally maintained and managed reducing your onsite support costs.
  • Increased Mobility – Employees can work securely from anywhere in the world at any time providing increased flexibility for mobile and remote workers.
  • Scalability – Allows you to upgrade easily as you grow or alternatively downgrade as you shrink enabling you to just pay for the services you need by turning them on and off on a month by month basis.
  • Easy to Budget – Simplifies your budgeting by providing a predictable monthly operational expense for IT costs which is based on a cost per user basis.
  • Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity – Your business data is hosted in a secure data centre, stored in geographically diverse locations for additional redundancy and backed up on a daily basis. In the event of an unforeseen disaster at your business (fire, flood) you will be able to almost instantly relocate to an internet enabled location and have employees working at 100% efficiency in a matter of minutes.
  • Removes Risks and Increases Data Security – All data is stored securely in the cloud and is no longer stored on laptops or PC’s. This means if a computer is lost, damaged or stolen your data is protected and can be accessed by logging on from an alternative computer.
  • Run the Latest Software – You no longer need to worry about keeping software up to date, upgrade and licencing costs. You can run the latest enterprise level software for a fixed monthly fee.
  • High Availability – You no longer have to worry about scheduled maintenance and updates. Cloud services are hosted in highly secure datacentres with maximum uptime making sure your services are always available when you need them.

ITMS Helping You Make the Right Decision

We understand that all businesses have differing needs and no two businesses are alike. Whilst cloud computing offers significant advantages this may not be the correct model for your business. We therefore recommend that you seek expert advice whilst considering your options.

Please contact us today to find out more about our cloud computing solutions and how they may benefit your business.