Cloud Computing & Virtualization:
Cloud computing is the way of the future, and the future is now.
We can help you forge your path to the future. IT Service Group can help your company to define a pathway towards adoption of cloud computing. Cloud computing is the way of the future, and the future is now.
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“What is Cloud Computing? What Are The Benefits? Are There Risks?”
Even today, for many people the term cloud computing is still mysterious. Even the name itself suggests mystery – the idea that your systems are “in a cloud somewhere” – what does that even mean to the average person? But it really isn’t that much of a mystery. Simply put, in a cloud computing environment, some, or most, of the data and applications that you use to run your business are housed in a server somewhere other than a server on your own company premises, and the systems resources are *usually* accessed via the Internet. For the average business owner, the question may arise “how does my company benefit from cloud computing? Why should I put my company’s data and applications somewhere else – is it safe and what benefits do we obtain”
1 – Email Is A Cloud Service!
In order to answer the question “is it safe and what benefits do we obtain” we can start by looking at three simple examples of cloud computing systems that your company has most likely already adopted. Email is the most obvious example – most small companies already have their email server hosted somewhere other than on their own premises – email is either hosted by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or by your website hosting provider, or, more recently, by Microsoft, with their “Office365” offering. As an end user, you use an email “client” like Microsoft Outlook to read and send email on your “local’ computer, but the email storage and processing is done “in the cloud”. Most of us take this for granted, and don’t have any doubt about the benefits to having email implemented this way. The reality is that there are many benefits to hosting your email in the cloud: 1. The cloud provider provides staff 24/7 in their data center to make sure the servers are up, the Internet is connected, and advanced systems are in place checking for spam and viruses. 2. Advanced Firewalls and Security Systems protect the Data Center 24/7! 3. Massive centrally located servers provide much lower costs per user served than for a company to implement email on their own; today, email is a low priced commodity that we all take for granted.
2 – Web Hosting Is A Cloud Service!
In the same manner that email is typically deployed as a cloud service, although some companies do “self-host” their website, the majority host their websites on a hosting provider’s server in the cloud. The same benefits that accrue from hosting email in the cloud also accrue when hosting your website in the cloud: 1. Advanced Security 2. 24/7 Monitoring and uptime 3. Highly advanced computing environment with state-of-the-art servers, state-of-the-art enterprise networking equipment 4. Large scale environment provides great “economy of scale” such that the cost to support an individual website in a cloud environment is much, much lower than the cost to support a single website in an on-premises environment. 5. No up-front costs to implement a separate server – pay as you go, and as much as you need.
Today there are numerous low cost services that will backup your company’s data to the cloud. The advantage of these services is that the cost is low, and your company’s data ends up at a secure offsite location, available for restore if you need it. This eliminates the need for expensive onsite hardware such as tape drives, and maintaining a supply of data backup tapes and cartridges, and, the labor associated with maintaining them and manually taking them offsite.
Adoption Of Cloud Computing For “Core” Business Applications And Services And Phase Out Of “Traditional” Infrastructure
As discussed above, a number of the business systems that most companies use are already implemented as cloud services. The three examples already given are email, Web Hosting and Data Backup, but there are many more. We can think of these types of services as “the first wave” of cloud computing. But these applications represent only a fraction of the systems and services that a company needs and uses for its daily work. We can consider the “second wave” of cloud computing to be a greater and more all- encompassing utilization of cloud services. The more significant usage of cloud computing comes into play when a company starts to migrate their “Core Business Applications” and Servers to a cloud computing environment. One example of where companies are starting to migrate “core business applications” to the cloud is the case of Accounting and ERP Systems. For many small companies, Quickbooks is the mainstay application they use to run their business. Quickbooks has a “desktop version” and an “Online Version”. Year by year, more and more companies are changing from Quickbooks Desktop to Quickbooks Online. Similarly, larger companies with more advanced Accounting and ERP Systems such as those offered by Sage, SAP (Business One and others ) and Microsoft (NAV and others) are also migrating their implementations to the cloud. Others, such as Netsuite, offer entirely cloud based ERP. Another approach is to keep the desktop versions of your software, but, implement cloud based servers or desktops, such as those offered by AWS (Amazon Web Services) or Azure (Microsoft’s cloud offering), or others and then put the existing applications on servers in the cloud. There are many, many approaches, and levels, to cloud computing. It’s a complex landscape and IT Service Group can help you navigate it. IT Service Group can help your company to define your cloud strategy and adopt it. We can work with you to determine whether all of your computing systems can be migrated to the cloud, or a high percentage, or, perhaps, none. Every company has unique considerations and we can work with you to determine the most appropriate ways to implement cloud computing for your situation and needs. IT Service Group consultants and technicians have deep expertise in cloud technologies and adoption. We have worked with the offerings from all of the major public cloud providers as well as private cloud providers and hybrid cloud implementations.
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