While the term Cloud Computing encompasses a broad range of services and technologies, the key question to be answer by any business considering the use of cloud computing is – what type of cloud service will suit my needs?
The three core types of cloud computing service to choose between are:
- Public cloud – Computing is performed by facilities that you rent but never own or control, with varying levels of cost, reliability and security.
- Private cloud – Computing is performed by dedicated systems that you control, but that are hosted separately from your business premises.
- Hybrid cloud – A combination of public and private facilities, hybrid cloud computing allows a business to deploy information and applications to the environment that suits their needs for reliability, security, control and cost.
In many cases a hybrid cloud model will be suitable for business as it literally provides the benefits of both approaches without significant duplication of costs.
Some of the typical benefits of cloud computing for business include
- Change of funding model from capital to operating costs.
- Cost savings through elimination of excess capacity and economies of scale passed on to the business by the provider.
- Scalability to expand or shrink computing supply to meet demand.
- Support of a mobile workforce through access from any Internet connection.
- Support of a change of IT mindset from a support provider to a business innovation centre.
We take a practical approach to cloud computing and seek to first understand the business need to be met before recommending a suitable service. In some cases a significant portion of the business computing function can be migrated to cloud services, but in most cases the best approach required a combination of onsite and cloud computing functions.
If you are interested in discussing how cloud computing could be used in your business, give us a call.