The ‘Cloud’ has and continues to be a hot topic of conversation amongst both IT providers and businesses and the term ‘Something as a Service’ has been overused extensively. The short answer: cloud computing is simply utilising processing and storage systems that are not located within your site. The long answer: cloud computing is complex and includes multiple different offerings and technologies that are designed to achieve a number of outcomes, some of which include: leveraging economies of scale, provide enhanced resiliency, reduce capital costs and provide enhanced scalability. O365 is commonly touted by IT providers as ‘The Cloud’, O365 is a multi-faceted and comprehensive offering and includes a number of hosted components, for more information on 0365 click here. Cloud computing can be on public cloud infrastructure such as Azure, AWS, Google or private cloud infrastructure through bespoke cloud providers utilising data centres.
Some of the most common Cloud offerings include:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – replaces on-premise infrastrucutre (such as servers) with hosted infrastructure.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – moves applications from being locally installed to a delivery model utilising (often) a browser based software application. Common examples include O365, Salesforce, Xero etc.
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS) also sometimes referred to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – provides a complete desktop experience (similar to your Windows desktop PC) that is cloud hosted, these sessions can be accessed via multiple different devices from anywhere that has a stable and reasonable internet connection
- Backup as a Service (BaaS) – provides an off-site repository for backup data. BaaS is one of the most important, yet under exposed cloud offerings. Having an off-site, up-to-date backup set in a secure location is one of the best and cheapest insurance policies that a business can have.
- There are many other cloud services that utilise either full or partial cloud technology. An example of this is cloud managed network infrastructure, where there is a physical device installed onsite, however the management interface is provided via a cloud service, thus providing the best of both worlds
At Mercury IT, we understand that one size does not fit all. Cloud computing is absolutely an important component of the technology environment, however, when we work with a client, we ascertain the righttechnology for them. This may be a public and/or a private cloud offering, an on-premise offering or a hybrid arrangement. We build our recommendations around the specific requirements, objectives, security and operational needs of our customers.