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What is "the cloud"?

Moving to the cloud. Running in the cloud. Stored in the cloud. Accessed from the cloud: these days is seems like everything is happening "in the cloud". But what exactly is this nebulous concept? The short answer is that it's somewhere at the other end of your internet connection – a place where you can access apps and services, and where your data can be stored securely. The cloud is a big deal for three reasons:

  • It doesn't need any effort on your part to maintain or manage it.
  • It's effectively infinite in size, so you don't need to worry about it running out of capacity.
  • You can access cloud-based applications and services from anywhere – all you need is a device with an Internet connection.

That's important because there's a shift going on from office-based work to working on the move. This shift is reflected in computer hardware sales: in 2015 about 270 million desktop and laptop computers will be sold, compared to 325 million tablets and almost 2 billion smartphones.

That makes the cloud a very good place to run business software like customer relationship management (CRM) applications – software that users need to access reliably at any time, wherever they are, and on any device.

Cloud Computing: Computing as a service over the internet:

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply "the cloud," is the delivery of on-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers—over the internet on a pay-for-use basis.

  • Elastic resources—Scale up or down quickly and easily to meet demand
  • Metered service so you only pay for what you use
  • Self service—All the IT resources you need with self-service access

Software as a service (SAAS):

Cloud-based applications—or software as a service—run on distant computers "in the cloud" that are owned and operated by others and that connect to users' computers via the internet and, usually, a web browser.

The benefits of SAAS

  • You can sign up and rapidly start using innovative business apps
  • Apps and data are accessible from any connected computer
  • No data is lost if your computer breaks, as data is in the cloud
  • The service is able to dynamically scale to usage needs

Platform as a service (PAAS):

Platform as a service provides a cloud-based environment with everything required to support the complete lifecycle of building and delivering web-based (cloud) applications—without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware, software, provisioning, and hosting.

The benefits of PAAS

  • Develop applications and get to market faster
  • Deploy new web applications to the cloud in minutes
  • Reduce complexity with middleware as a service

Infrastructure as a service (LAAS):

Infrastructure as a service provides companies with computing resources including servers, networking, storage, and data center space on a pay-per-use basis.

The benefits of IAAS

  • No need to invest in your own hardware
  • Infrastructure scales on demand to support dynamic workloads
  • Flexible, innovative services available on demand

Public cloud:

Public clouds are owned and operated by companies that offer rapid access over a public network to affordable computing resources. With public cloud services, users don't need to purchase hardware, software, or supporting infrastructure, which is owned and managed by providers.

Key Aspects of Public Cloud

  • Innovative SaaS business apps for applications ranging from customer resource management (CRM) to transaction management and data analytics
  • Flexible, scalable IaaS for storage and compute services on a moment's notice
  • Powerful PaaS for cloud-based application development and deployment environments

Private cloud:

A private cloud is infrastructure operated solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or by a third party, and hosted either internally or externally. Private clouds can take advantage of cloud's efficiencies, while providing more control of resources and steering clear of multi-tenancy.

Key Aspects of Private Cloud

  • A self-service interface controls services, allowing IT staff to quickly provision, allocate, and deliver on-demand IT resources
  • Highly automated management of resource pools for everything from compute capability to storage, analytics, and middleware
  • Sophisticated security and governance designed for a company's specific requirements

Our Cloud Solutions:

  • Cloud migration services
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
  • Maintenance