Moving To The Cloud
Understandably, the average person’s head starts to spin slightly when techies start getting into the nitty gritty of how cloud computing works.
In line with our sacred pledge to talk plain English, allow us to try to demystify the concept of cloud computing and “moving to the cloud”.
At the risk of stating the obvious: the cloud doesn’t actually live in the sky.
‘The cloud’ is simply a flowery IT term that fundamentally describes using hardware, processing power and file storage for your business off-site, typically at a 3rd party data centre.
When your business moves to the cloud, a cloud service provider takes ownership and responsibility of everything for you, on their own platform, including the responsibility for keeping all of your systems operational 24/7, meaning you no longer have to worry about ensuring uptime and scheduled maintenance. The intricacies and specifics of how each 3rd party cloud provider achieves this differ but the key advantage to your business is that it’s no longer your headache.
Other major benefits of using cloud computing for your business include:
- Less hardware required on your own site, meaning less up-front capital investment.
- Less hardware equals less risk of hardware failure and associated remedial or replacement costs (the cloud provider ensures there is sufficient redundancy in their architecture to cope with hardware failure).
- Less risk of down time due to hardware failure (immediate fail-over in the cloud).
- Less risk of significant data loss due to the immediate synchronisation of data in the cloud.
Sounds great doesn’t it?
The truth is that cloud computing is great, although it’s not always the right fit for every environment or business.
Whilst we’re huge advocates for cloud computing here at Ohnyx, the bespoke assessment we perform for our clients pre-emptively identifies any red-flags or potential risks in moving to the cloud for your business.
We certainly won’t ever recommend your business moves to the cloud until we have performed a thorough analysis of your needs and specific systems.
Before we get to the assessment stage of the process, our first step is to look at the type of platform that may be appropriate for your cloud computing needs.