Cloud Computing: What is it and what can it do for my business?

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When people often ask me how Cloud Solutions Group helps businesses, they generally already have an idea of what the Cloud is, but I think it is always a good idea to hear what they think, and how they can work with it, as there is so much different information out there. You may have already heard many definitions, all with different agendas working behind them.

In IT terms the Cloud is simply computer resources that are accessed via a computer network, like the internet. Cloud Hosting, or cloud computing, places some of your IT resources on multiple servers that are connected, which you access online.

What a company like ours does is works with your business to find which type of Cloud Hosting works best for you, and tailors a service that builds your strengths and empowers your IT service.

How might you ask? Well there is a number of ways Cloud Hosting can augment your business.

Cost is a big factor for many organisations, accessing information or applications through the Cloud means you save money on maintaining servers in house.

Scalability is also a big advantage, if your business peaks and troughs with demand; you can access more processing power when you need it. It’s like having a warehouse and only renting the exact floor space you need, as you need it.

The economies of scale also work to your advantage for your provider. Cloud providers have better access to specialised staff, can negotiate lower costs for hardware and absorb a lot of the upfront costs that only very large businesses can usually cover. They also can generally deal with any technology issues faster than a normal business as they are exposed to a broader range of clients and their needs, and so have a broad knowledge bank.

With more and more big players entering the market you might need someone to negotiate the offerings of true cloud providers, rather than companies that are merely ‘Cloud Washing’.

That’s where we can help. Do you think the Cloud can help your business? Do you want to know more? Let me know what we can do.

By Josh Rubens