Adoption of the cloud can be a complex and sometimes political process due to the multiple options available and also some misinformation pertaining to what cloud actually is, and how it can benefit a business. IT and business stakeholders can be moving in different directions when it comes to cloud implementation, and this can cause problems.
In fact the term ‘cloud’ has come to mean many things to many different people and as such has left some businesses in a bit of a quandary; they feel that they should be embracing this new technology, but really don’t have the depth of knowledge to work out if it even applies to their business model.
CNS believe that deploying cloud services can result in significant benefits for most businesses, and the most important of these is the ability to create flexibility in IT infrastructure design. It’s important, however, to look at cloud as one of a number of technologies to be considered as part of the overall business objectives of any IT estate.
So what is Cloud?
It’s the next stage in the Internet’s evolution, providing the means through which everything, from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration can be delivered as a service wherever and whenever the business needs them.
The ‘cloud’ in cloud computing can be defined as; the set of hardware, networks, storage, services and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service, and that are physically stored offsite and available to anyone with an internet connection. Cloud services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet (either as separate components or a complete platform) based on user demand.
Cloud computing is offered in different forms: public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds which combine both public and private. Cloud computing can completely change the way companies use technology to service customers, partners and suppliers. Some businesses, such as Google and Amazon, already have most of their IT resources in the cloud. They have found that it can eliminate many of the complex constraints from the traditional computing environment, including space, time, power and cost.
How are businesses using Cloud?
Cloud as a means of remote backup and storage is one of the most popular uses at present, but this is just scratching the surface. At CNS we can help you make the move to cloud if the time is right for your business.
If you’d like to talk to us about cloud, get in touch.