WHAT IS
Cloud Computing

Whether you’re a small business or a large organisation, the right cloud computing solution can help you boost efficiency, reduce risk and free up storage and resources at an affordable cost.

Most people think of cloud computing as a place to store data such as videos, photos and files in a safe external server away from their place of work in a way that can be accessed instantly.

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In reality cloud computing involves providing internet related services to individuals and businesses that are generally categorised as follows :
PLATFORM AS A SERVICE (PaaS)
INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE (IaaS)
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (SaaS)

Platform as a service is a model in which a third party provider hosts app development platforms and tools on its own infrastructure available to customers over the internet.

PaaS models are used for general software development.

In this form of cloud computing, virtualised computing resources are provided over the internet. A provider hosts servers storage and other individualised resources which can be accessed over the internet. They also supply services to accompany the infrastructure components.

These include monitoring, log in access, detailed billing, monitoring, load balancing, security, clustering and data replication, backup and recovery.

Most commonly encountered at the consumer level, software as a service, is software distribution from a third party provider, making applications available over the internet like Microsoft Office 365, productivity and email, or Salesforce and NetSuite for enterprise use.

A cloud can be public, selling services to anyone on the internet or private, supplying services to select individuals.

Offerings include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform.

All cloud services share the same goal: to provide easy scalable access to resources and services.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

Benefits of Cloud Computing :

  1. Provides instant access to the latest technology
  2. Fast and easy to set up and run
  3. Easy to scale – capability can be increased or decreased with the touch of a button
  4. Cost Effective – pay only for what’s required instead of investing in technology which is expensive and gets quickly outdated
  5. Better collaboration and the flexibility for staff to work remotely from anywhere

Disadvantages

Standard, out-of-the-box offerings may not provide much flexibility around backups. As a result it may not be possible to recover data that was deleted a few years ago.

Although not a huge inhibitor for most businesses, internet speed could impact performance depending on the location.

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How Does Cloud Computing Work?

In cloud computing big groups of remote servers are networked. This allows centralised data storage and online access to computer services or resources.

For instance, you can upload documents to your favourite document storage website through your computer. These documents are now stored in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere you want.

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Is Cloud Computing Secure?

Organisations who are new to the cloud should be aware that while some methods and tools used to secure networks and data in the cloud environment are different. However, the basic operating principles remain the same as in any other environment.

Cloud security is achieved by implementing appropriate policies and technologies similar to other IT environments. However, these are suited to environments. They are also certified by specialised third-party independent auditors.

These independent audits provide a degree of assurance to customers that the Cloud provider has put into place internal processes, capabilities and has stringent standards for managing security.Data passing through the cloud environment is checked and filtered by a firewall which keeps suspicious traffic out and keeps sensitive data in. This provides a network barrier between your and other systems in the data centre.

The rules governing a firewall are managed in a way that they adapt to threats and maintain security. The Cloud is secured further by other tools which provide intrusion prevention, anti-malware protection, logging and integrity monitoring.Controlling access to Cloud through a managed firewall also helps in ensuring confidentiality of data. Firewalls identify who requests access to a network and if they are authorised to access it.

They also create logs which allow monitoring of network activity for signs of risky or suspicious access. If required rules can be modified by blocking traffic to preserve confidentiality. Further, encryption also helps with maintaining confidentiality.

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What Can Businesses Use Cloud Computing For?

Cloud computing can facilitate businesses in a number of ways as follows :

COST-EFFECTIVE ONLINE DATA STORAGE

Online data storage is critical for a small business to have and ensure it is abundantly available. It is less susceptible to corruption failure as it is backed up in multiple locations.

REMOTE DATA ACCESS

Businesses can access files from any location which allows them to give employees the convenience of working from home or any location else which has a stable internet connection.

FILE SHARING

Cloud computing is a file sharing program so businesses can use it to help employees expand their vast information throughout the Cloud through task groups and other employee groups. This seamless option for working on files, documents and spreadsheets allows these to be updated in real time and shared, even if these are large files.
HOW
We Can Help

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Computing are the leading providers of PaaS and IaaS.

We can help you set up your business on the Cloud on either of the platforms.

Azure Cloud Computing

Microsoft Azure was released in 2010 and has the capability to run a service on the cloud or combine the service with existing applications, infrastructure or data centre.

Microsoft Azure provides a range of solutions suitable for all industries. With Azure there is no need for physical servers on business premises. This reduces the costs associated with hiring a server support team onsite.

The Azure Migration Centre enables fast and easy cloud transfers. Azure is also compatible with Linux.

AWS Cloud Computing

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was started earlier than Microsoft Azure in 2006 and provides on-demand cloud computing for both individuals and organisations.

It is a cloud-based program suited for business solutions which use web services. AWS offers a wide range of PaaS and IaaS services. These services include Elastic Beanstalk, Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Relational Database Service (RDS) and Simple Storage Service (S3).

AWS offers extensive administration controls made available over their secure Web client. It offers several beneficial features such as auditing and encryption key creation.

It also allows customisation of infrastructure requirements which results in significantly lower costs compared to setting everything up in the business premises.

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Amazon EC2 web services provide resizable and secure capacity to compute in the cloud. The simple web service interface enables you to configure capacity with the least amount of friction. It provides users complete control of computing resources and is run on Amazon’s stable computing environment.

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