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What is cloud computing? Is the cloud just another buzzword or is it a game-changing IT service? The cloud has established itself as a mainstay of the business IT landscape by addressing the need for cost-effective solutions and flexibility. Here is what you need to know about the cloud and about switching to that type of IT infrastructure.

  • Virtual Servers

  • Virtual Desktops

  • Infrastructure

  • Cloud Storage

What is cloud computing?

It refers to remote storage and IT service delivery solutions. Thanks to an Internet connection, users can access computing resources that are physically hosted in another location.

Cloud vendors offer a wide range of services, including servers, virtual desktops, storage and backup solutions, networking products, software and applications, and analytics and business intelligence platforms.

Why should you care about the cloud?

The modern business environment requires flexibility. The cloud delivers the scalability and ease of access that businesses need in order to gain a competitive edge.

The scalability of the cloud means that businesses can easily add a new application to their IT system or access more storage space when they need it. It’s easy to roll out additional virtual machines as an organization hires new employees or add an analytics tool to an IT ecosystem as the needs of a business change.

The cloud makes businesses more responsive and supports their ability to meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

The service delivery model of the cloud is ideal for reducing costs associated with IT. There are no costs associated with an initial hardware purchase, no hardware maintenance costs, and no costs linked to electricity, cooling, or maintenance for the hosting facilities. Instead, businesses pay a monthly fee based on the amount of data needed.

Moving to the cloud

Migrating to the cloud is the process businesses have to go through to start using remote computing resources. It requires careful planning to make the process as seamless as possible:

  • The first step consists of choosing the right cloud provider and cloud solutions. Options to consider include public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.
  • It’s important to establish roles and determine who is in charge of the cloud migration process before getting started.
  • Businesses typically move one process or database to the cloud at a time to reduce disruption and test each element of the new cloud infrastructure.
  • In some cases, it’s necessary to make some changes to the current IT architecture in order to take advantage of cloud-native features or to replace old legacy systems with newer cloud-based products.
  • Businesses should establish a detailed cloud migration plan with specific goals and a timeline to follow.
  • Each application or database should be tested and validated once it’s in the cloud.

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Is the cloud safe?

Security concerns are a common drawback when weighing the pros and cons of the cloud. It’s important to understand the potential security risks of the cloud and to take steps to mitigate them.

The remote storage and service delivery model of the cloud puts security in the hand of the cloud vendor. It’s possible to mitigate those risks by opting for a private cloud solution, choosing a vendor who prioritizes security and discussing security requirements with the vendor.

SecureTech can help you choose the best IT solution for your needs. Get in touch with us to find out more about the cloud or get started with cloud migration.

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