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A Beginner’s Guide to The Cloud

Undeniably, cloud computing has become a crucial component for any new or established business to consider. We are all familiar with the term but some of us still wonder what the cloud is all about. Basically, it is a universal method of computing that allows users to store and access data online.

What is the Cloud?

Simply put, you are saving your personal data on someone else’s computer which is thoroughly managed and secured. Not just that, you are also able to access this information from any corner of the globe without any major hardware investments on your end. Owing to this, the cloud has revolutionized the way businesses operate.

By adopting cost-saving cloud solutions, any business can extend its services as well as boost mobile productivity. It also efficiently enhances internal collaboration by allowing access to a virtually limitless supply of shared storage space. Cloud computing also enables scalable adaptation of services to offer customized solutions for catering to specific business needs. There are a few options by which businesses can benefit from cloud computing, depending on their requirements. These are listed below:

Public Cloud

This type of cloud enables users to store data on shared resources in the cloud; however every business and user can only access his own part of the cloud resource. These services are either free or price based, depending on the service provider or the resource usage. Dropbox, G-Suite and Microsoft Office 365 are a few acknowledged examples of public cloud solutions. Even though this is probably the most widely used cloud computing method, there can be occasional problems that users may have to encounter as the shared cloud resources are managed as a whole, and not given specific consideration to the individual businesses on the shared resources.

For example, a provider may move their data storage locations during an inconvenient time to your business and may proceed without informing the user. In addition to this, the public cloud, again while better managed as a system overall, is at a risk of being hacked since it has data for many different companies. Nonetheless, public cloud services have been offering incredible benefits to both consumers and companies but larger businesses may find this type of cloud a bit restrictive.

All cloud computing services work a little differently as they depend on each unique service provider. However, all incorporate an intuitive and user-friendly browser-based dashboard for making it easier for developers and professionals to manage their accounts. If custom software and integration are goals for your business, a few cloud computing services are also programmed to work with a command-line interface (CLI) and REST APIs for providing developers with multiple options.

Private Cloud

A private cloud refers to two kinds of setups: an isolated division of a cloud provider’s resources controlled by a single organization’s or a company that hosts its own cloud solution. Both these solutions are priced based on resource usage. This option often comes with a hefty price tag as compared to publicly available versions and usually requires the expertise of IT professionals to set up and maintain a private cloud so that businesses can get the best out of it.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud solution implements resources from both the private and public clouds to serve various different purposes. Even though hybrid cloud solutions are not as cost-effective as public cloud services, they offer exceptional value for businesses that require the customization capabilities offered by a private cloud with the accessibility of a public cloud. In addition, hybrid cloud solutions are usually more robust, for example, you don’t lose access to everything if your internet connection goes down.

Why Cloud Computing is Important?

Cloud computing has become an integral part of all small and large businesses as it provides a reliable and affordable solution for business IT operations. Not only are cloud computing solutions a great value and able to increase productivity, but also they can provide excellent backup and disaster recovery solutions.They can be mirrored to multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network. By storing all of your business information in a single cloud space, you can rest assured that all data is secure and easily accessible.

Get in Touch!
Thanks to the cloud, accessing vast amounts of computing resources takes no more than a few minutes and is accomplished within a few clicks. If you want to learn more about how your business can move to the cloud, we invite you to get in touch with us by calling at 850.250.3210 or feel free to drop by our office at 1330 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Bay County, Florida.

Best Wishes,

Julie and Randall Garner and the entire team at Garner IT

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