You may not have heard about ‘The Cloud’. If that is the case then prepare for a deluge of advertising over the next few months.
What is it?
Essentially a cloud service is one delivered from the Internet. You are used to having software installed on your local PC. You purchase it and we install and maintain it. If the makers of this software decided to make it available in the cloud you wouldn’t buy or own a copy. You would pay a monthly fee to be able to use the software from a website using your Internet browser. Nothing would be installed on your computer. You would automatically receive upgrades to the software.
Now imagine that idea incorporated into every aspect of your computer system—your backups could be made to a cloud facility on the Internet; your email server could be hosted outside of your organisation; even your server could be moved to the cloud. That is what all the buzz is about right now.
How does that make things better for me?
In a nutshell cloud computing:
- brings simplicity to your computer system which reduces the cost of support and maintenance
- means you no longer have to make significant capital investment to implement something new
- lets you to try new technology without committing to it
- allows you to adapt quickly thereby bringing agility to your business
- keeps your system current and you ahead of the competition
As with all technology, the complete answer is complicated and there are some important questions that remain unresolved. What happens if your Internet connection goes down? Where is your data stored and who has access to it? At the same time very significant players in the industry are completely committed to moving everything they do into the cloud. Huge amounts of time and money is being invested in new products and new ways of doing things. So it seems inevitable that technology will sweep us all in that direction.
At Evolve we have been keeping a close eye on developments and are already starting to prepare to offer cloud-based products where we feel they are appropriate (Offsite Backup, Hosted Email on Exchange 2010, Disaster Recovery). Right now, our vision for small businesses will be a bit of both. A small, simple and cheap server will provide centralised management of the network, data and printing to local users. Email will be hosted in the cloud. Security will be provided both locally by traditional security software and through a cloud service that filters all Internet traffic.
Where do I find out more?
If you want to know more about how the Cloud might be relevant to your business then call on 0845 094 5522 or fill in the form below:
Main no: 0845 094 55 22
Fax no: 0845 094 55 33
Call: 0845 094 55 11