In today’s fast-paced, remote working world, our expectation as consumers is to have the ability to access all of our information seamlessly, and at any time. The days of being tied to the office from 9am to 5pm and fully reliant on creaking filing cabinets have gone – businesses are moving to the cloud in swathes, and the office has gone mobile.

So what exactly are Cloud computing services?

Put simply, Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computing services over the internet. The Cloud offers faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. Services include servers, storage, databases, networking, software, and analytics. Cloud computing provides businesses with speed, productivity, cost savings, performance, and security. Cloud-based storage makes it possible to save files to a remote database and retrieve them on demand.

What are the top benefits of Cloud computing services?

Easy implementation – Cloud hosting allows businesses to utilise the same applications and business processes without having to deal with the backend equipment and technicalities. Managed via the Internet, a cloud infrastructure can be accessed by enterprises easily and quickly.

Accessibility – Access your data anywhere, anytime. An Internet cloud infrastructure maximises enterprise productivity and efficiency by ensuring your applications are always accessible. This enables easy collaboration and sharing among users in multiple locations.

No hardware required – Since everything will be hosted in the cloud, a physical storage centre is no longer needed.

Cost per head – Overhead technology costs are kept at a minimum with cloud hosting services, enabling businesses to use the extra time and resources for improving the company infrastructure.

Flexibility for growth – The cloud is easily scalable, so companies can add or subtract resources based on their needs. As companies grow, their system will grow with them effortlessly.

Efficient recovery – Cloud computing delivers faster and more accurate retrievals of applications and data. With less downtime, it is the most efficient recovery plan.

What are the biggest concerns about Cloud computing services?

Losing control – When moving services to the cloud, you are handing over your data and information. For companies who have an in-house IT staff, they will be unable to handle issues on their own. However, HDUK has a live help desk that can rectify any problems immediately, and can be reached easily by email, phone or online chat on our website.

Will the features you need be included – Not all cloud services are the same. Some cloud providers offer limited versions and enable the most popular features only, so you may not receive every feature or customisation you want and not realise until you really need it. Before signing up, make sure you know what your cloud service provider offers.

You may need to hang on to some servers – You may have fewer servers to handle which means less for your IT staff to handle, but you shouldn’t let go of all your servers and staff. While it may seem costly to have data centres and a cloud infrastructure, redundancy is key for backup and recovery.

No Redundancy – A cloud server is not redundant nor is it backed up. As technology may fail occasionally, avoid getting burned by purchasing a redundancy plan. Although it is an extra cost, in most cases it will be well worth it.

Bandwidth issues – For ideal performance, clients have to plan accordingly and not pack large numbers of servers and storage devices into a small set of data centres.

 

Want to learn more about Cloud computing services? Contact our friendly team today on 01883 582038, via contact@hduk.co.uk or via our instant messenger on our website.

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