Cloud Computing, Security
How the Cloud works in your worldIf you’ve used Amazon, Google, Facebook or any number of other internet entities – and they don’t have to be the giants either – you are already an old hand at using the Cloud, though you may not be aware of that fact. Before the Cloud, Amazon was only able to do what they did by having about 90% more server availability than is needed most of the time. It needed that capacity for those few times, just before the holidays, when shopping was happening at an increased level.
Those extra servers and the space to house and operate them are expensive. But cloud computing allows companies, large and small, to minimize their number of servers while still having the ability to increase storage and access immediately in increasingly larger numbers. So, companies just starting out, get the basics of what they need onsite and then establish a cloud computing account so if they have large spikes, it won’t crash their system, but keep work flowing as usual.
Cloud monitoring system
If a business is new to the Cloud, then a cloud monitoring system will prove helpful. That system will look at overall usage and then provide information so the best options can be put in place. Paying for 10 times more than the usage on the busiest day in a year probably is not necessary at that moment – it might be in another year, though. A monitoring system helps keep the scale in balance of what you need and what you will need.
Security and resources
Cloud computing adds another level (and maybe more) of security to data from your company and customers. Because the Cloud is almost limitless, the security on systems is monitored more closely and upgraded frequently. In this world of hackers, that’s a big concern you get to hand off to others for the most part. Also, cloud companies provide free resources to their clients and the customers of those clients making everyone’s job easier. Sharing documents becomes easier and more secure than a simple email.
Through the cloud, comes the ability to download software. Rather than having to purchase a hardcopy, plug it into your computer, and then run the program – instead, you access the software online and immediately run the program. No waiting around or having to put work on hold until you get the program you need.
What you already know
If you spend any time online, you are using the Cloud – probably quite a lot. Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and Citrix all run on the cloud. If you want to add cloud computing to your business, then look for a company that provides you with a plan where you only have to pay for what you need and is easy to use. Go for a monthly payment plan, so you can change levels if you need to without having to figure out how to deal with revamping your contract. Finally, make sure it will run with your system, and if at all possible, allow you to drop other services or personnel to save more on your bottom line.
If any of these options sounds like it could help your business, take the time to see what a few companies offer.