“The Cloud” is term you will have heard used a lot these days, but what is it and how should my business be using it?
In simple terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and software over the internet rather than from your computer’s hard drive. “The Cloud” is just another way of saying “The Internet”.
Using the cloud means you are NOT using your local hardware to store data, you are NOT using software on your PC or Mac and you are NOT having to use a dedicated hardware server.
However, it is often better to use a combination of cloud services to compliment your existing network and server set up.
What Cloud computing services are available?
- Utility computing
- Web services in the cloud
- Platform as a service
- MSP (managed service providers)
- Service commerce platforms
If you are not sure what all of these are, and whether you should be using any of them iTek can advise you accordingly.
Which cloud computing services should I be using?
Every business is different and a ‘One-size-fits-all’ approach will not work. We would need to discuss with you what services you use, how you use them and then work out what would be your best solution.
For example, it may be that you need to have access to your emails on a number of different devices and need all of these to sync so you always have the information you need at your fingertips. In that case cloud email solution would be perfect for you.
It may be that you need an option for backing up all of your crititcal data both on-site and off. In this case it would be advantageous to have a cloud back up on a scheduled basis, as well as your backup to physical disk on your network.
iTek can provide your business with cloud IT support services to ensure you are getting the mix of cloud and on-site solution right for your needs. This would usually be done as part of a wider IT support contract that would also cover your hardware and physical network.
To find out more about our cloud IT support services or to arrange an onsite visit, please call our support team on 01539 898 125