Diversus Group explains the important information everyone should know about moving to the cloud.
For many, the mystery of ‘the Cloud’ and ‘Cloud computing’ is as vague and confusing as it has ever been. We see advertisements for the Cloud in newspapers, business magazines, and websites every day and hear about the wonders of moving to the Cloud without ever really knowing what that means. Through this short info-series, Diversus Group (“DG”) hopes to demystify the concept of the Cloud and inform you how your organisation may benefit from a hybrid or multi-Cloud strategy.
Spoiler Alert! – The Cloud is not actually a cloud.
In its most simple terms, Cloud computing is nothing more than the provision of computing services (or Information Technology) by a third party over a network (usually the internet), rather than being provided in-house (or on-premise) yourself. The IT services that the Cloud offers are almost endless and can include servers, data storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, business intelligence, and automation. The Cloud can also offer many more services, such as running your software applications and providing cybersecurity for your business.
Chances are that you are already utilising Cloud services in both your personal and business lives. If you use the camera on your iPhone for example, your photos will be stored on the phone itself with another copy then saved to Apple’s cloud storage platform (iCloud). Likewise, at work, you may use Office365 along with a cloud storage service such as OneDrive or Dropbox. These are all examples of Cloud services.
Cloud computing and services aim to help businesses by lowering costs in capital expenditure & ultimately help retain cash for core business expenses. It may also enable a company to scale up IT faster, become more agile and potentially benefit from a stronger level of security. At the same time the business may be able to free up staff to work on core business activities and innovation to grow the bottom line.
Most Cloud providers operate by only charging for the computing services that a business requires. This allows the organisation to grow or shrink IT based on needs. Cloud services can be managed by a third-party, meaning you don’t have to worry about the gritty specifics, you are simply able to use an effective IT service that works from day one. You can then focus on what you do best, rather than worrying about deploying and managing technology.
The key takeaway to understanding ‘The Cloud’? Remember, the technology still runs on real physical IT computer hardware and software – just not necessarily owned or managed by you or under your own lock and key.
In reality, the majority of organisations will run a combination of Cloud services as well as their own in-house or on-premise IT – this is referred to as hybrid or multi-Cloud.