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There are now many companies and organisations that have made the move over to Cloud solutions to replace their legacy servers and IT equipment. Most organisations will wait for natural inflection points, such as end of lifetime or a hardware failure or the scaling up of an organisation.
Cloud Computing is not necessarily a decision based on cost, but it does offer clear benefits of resilience and adaptability.
We have migrated a large number of companies over to Cloud Platforms and so have a great depth of experience in helping you Evaluate, Plan and Implement such solutions to ensure your company has a solid foundation from which to grow and develop
What is the Cloud?
The Cloud, has become a well known phrase.
The expression of ‘The Cloud’ comes from the way that many IT Architects, in the past, illustrated the ‘Internet’ they would draw a cloud-like image. It was a way to not consider its complexity of routes and connections but to represent it as a ‘black box’, a known and given quantity without expressing its intricacy or complexity. With the advances in network speeds over copper lines, the ability to centralise and shift computing resources away from individual business premises and locations into geographically central places has become possible. As a consequence, such resources are now available within ‘the Cloud’.
What are the advantages?
Cloud infrastructures support environmental proactivity, powering virtual services rather than physical products and hardware, and cutting down on paper waste, improving energy efficiency, and (given that it allows employees access from anywhere with an internet connection) reducing commuter-related emissions.
Removing large Capital Cost expenditure cycles
Flexible scaling of resources - Compute, Storage, Network.
Flexible pricing structure (scaling of costs down as well as up) Operational expenditure at a known and fixed cost
Redundant server resources with automatic failover of resources
High uptime and availability
Speedy server and systems set-up process
A degree of isolation & safety from Server hardware issues
Cumulatively, a reduction in Environmental Impact
What are the disadvantages?
Network Connection Dependency. In order to reap the benefits of cloud computing, your business must always have an internet connection. This is not as substantial a problem as it may first appear. You adopt strategies such as having a fail-over internet service at your main workplace site and/or becoming more mobile as a company workforce such as investing in mobile technology, such as Laptops. Should the main internet go down then you simply relocate to where you have an internet service and resume work.
Should you wish to discuss your ideas and requirements to move your business or organisation forward then please get in contact.
We offer an initial hour of consultancy to give you clarity in your next steps forward.