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What is the cloud?

In this introduction to your future friend called “the cloud”, we focus on some of the very realistic, simple and relevant questions.

What is the cloud?

  • What is the cloud?
  • Is the cloud just servers, compute, databases and storage?
  • What else can the cloud offer?
  • How do we look at the cloud services as a future?
  • How can the cloud enable you to do things you would have never thought possible?
  • Is the cloud secure enough?

What is the cloud?

Whether you are running applications, websites that showcase your business or supporting critical business operations, you need to have up-to-date technology. A cloud platform delivers resources e.g. compute power, database and storage as needed, on-demand. This pool of computing resources eliminates or vastly reduces the need for on-site equipment, and capex for hardware and operating systems.

Here are just a few things you can do using the cloud:

  • Collaborate, both internally and externally
  • Create new apps and services
  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Deliver software on demand
  • Analyse data for patterns and make predictions
  • Protect your people, data, devices and your front door

Of course, the above list barely scratches the surface of capabilities currently available in the cloud.

Today, the cloud offers more than the compute, resources and servers, it offers services. These services focus on unlocking productivity, creativity, building teamwork, integrate with simplicity and intelligent security. Cloud services cater to each segment of the industry no matter how small or big, no matter whether it’s for education, business or even personal.

The cloud gives you that chance to stay ahead of your competition. One of the best things about the cloud, is that it is always evolving and growing as new technologies and features are released for consumption.

Why cloud and its services

Here are some more objective questions for you to ponder:

  • Do you feel free to think of improvements you can make with money spent on IT landscape?
  • Are you being asked to present return on investment (ROI) for money spent?
  • Are you being asked to attend meetings which require you to present on the availability, security and flexibility of your IT estate?
  • Questions like: How long does it take set up? Do we have space to keep it? How do we upgrade our existing IT setup?
  • Can you establish sufficient productivity from your IT landscape?
  • Are your employees able to collaborate internally and with external parties?
  • Do you often think about achieving security guidelines by taking identity as the central focus?
  • Do you ever think of security compliance requirements which pose risks to your business?

You would be amazed to learn that today’s cloud has an answer to all of these questions, with security at the foundation and throughout. Below are several characteristics of day-to-day use with cloud computing and services:

  • Maintenance: In comparison to the current ongoing multivendor datacentre management, the cloud can offer you that single pane of glass with visibility and transparency, enough to be relieved from existing management overheads
  • Capital and Operational Expenditure: Again, the current model of buying hardware, paying for its maintenance, before the ROI is achieved, can turn out to be a financial barrier
  • Performance, Rapid Elasticity and Productivity: Gain the ability to make the most of usage fluctuations with automation - simulate productivity characteristics at the same time
  • Standardisation and Compliance: Re-architecting, re-hosting, upgrading and standardising with compliance principles already in place is never an easy task with any on-prem or external vendor managed IT infrastructure
  • Security: Security is a different proposition in the cloud compared to other traditional systems. This is largely because the cloud world is borderless. Also, in part, because service providers can devote resources to solving security issues that many customers cannot afford to tackle or which they lack the technical skills to address
  • Business Continuity: Reliability is greatly improved with the use of multiple redundant sites. This makes the entire process of backup and recovery much simpler than other traditional methods
  • Resource Pooling: Resources can be dynamically assigned and reassigned according to user demands

Market trend

By 2019, “cloud” will be a ubiquitous term, like “network”, as business solutions assume the use of public cloud as a common asset (Gartner). Almost all enterprises today need to develop a strategy to make it work in the right way.

Need help? Talk to us

What’s stopping you taking the first step on the ladder to find out how it looks up there? You don’t need to climb the entire ladder to get a different view. Taking the first step in the cloud is the investment for your future. To find out more, talk to us.

This is part of the Cloud Readiness series, discussing how cloud computing is transforming the way that organisations deliver business solutions to their workforce.

Posted by: Jatin Chugh, Infrastructure Consultant | 08 August 2018

Tags: Cloud, Cloud Readiness

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