The Next Step in IT Infrastructure
Cloud-based technologies have revolutionised the IT landscape. The growing range of both personal- and corporate-targeted cloud services, along with falling costs and increasing internet performance, has re-written the book as it applies to IT infrastructure.
It’s not enough to simply ask “Should I move to the cloud?”
Astute business owners are asking broader questions like:
What can the cloud offer me?
Can it help make my field staff more productive?
Can it facilitate work-at-home and flexible working arrangements?
Will my data be safe in the cloud?
Can it replace, or reduce, my on-premise server hardware?
Can it link in with and complement my on-premise server investment?
Can it help me meet my Disaster Recovery goals?
Can it help with my long-term data storage and compliance obligations?
Public Cloud or Private Cloud – what’s the difference?
The term ‘Public Cloud’ generally refers to services provided by very large (often global) corporations, often with globally diverse datacentre locations. Some well-known examples include Office-365, DropBox, Amazon and Google Docs. The term ‘cloud’ originated in the fact that it is often impossible to know exactly where your data is – it’s just ‘out there somewhere’.
Private Clouds are generally operated by smaller organisations and usually operate from fewer and more defined datacentre locations.
Public Cloud services may benefit massive economies of scale and thus provide lower costs, while Private Cloud services may provide a more controlled environment, a known data location, greater flexibility and more personal support arrangements.