We are Cloud Service Providers covering Kent, Sussex and London
So everyone is moving to The Cloud right? Well….maybe. Certainly there is a movement. But many organisations simply do not know what this means, what the risks are, what the benefits are etc . And what is a Cloud Service Provider and what do Cloud Service Providers actually do for you?
And what does moving to The Cloud actually mean?
Let us demystify this for you. We will visit your premises and talk through the whole Cloud thing….and if it is right for you, then you will know and if it isn’t, you will know. That is it.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Moving to Cloud Computing is simply this…..Instead of using an application on your premises-based server or accessing and storing files there, you are simply performing that process across the internet to a server somewhere in a data centre.
And it doesn’t just stop at data. You can move your voice or telephony too.
In fact, soon you will be forced to move your telecoms to a cloud-based service and BT are withdrawing traditional digital ISDN services.
A typical business will reach a point with it’s server when it is time to upgrade and that is the logical time to make a cloud migration. Most of the software vendors already have web-based versions of the software that you are likely to be using.
Benefits of using Cloud Service Providers
There are many but we won’t list them all here. However, you could summarize them as follows:
1 – Lower Costs
2 – Better Security
3 – Better Agility and Flexibility
4 – User centric rather than device centric
5 – Location is irrelevant
Everyday examples of Cloud Applications.
You already probably use a lot of Cloud applications if you think about it. Here are a few of them:
1 – Apple iTunes
2 – Netflix
3 – BBC iPlayer
4 – Sky Go
5 – Google Maps
What does a typical Cloud Migration look like?
Probably the most common types of Cloud Migration we perform for small businesses and organisations are where they are approaching the end of life of their premises based servers. Listed below are the more common real life examples we regularly get involved in.
1 – Microsoft Exchange – moving a customers email service from a premises-based Exchange Service to Microsoft Hosted Exchange which is part of Microsoft Office 365
2 – Often, when people carry out 1. above, it then makes perfect sense to also use Microsoft’s One Drive and possibly Sharepoint
3 – Instead of backing up important data to old back up tapes or local drives, it is often better to us a Cloud-Based storage and back up facility – sometimes we combine this with an on-site storage solution
4 – An organisation may prefer to move their business software applications out of their premises and put them into a data centre. This could be using Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services
5 – Last and not least, because of the move to Cloud for the above mentioned examples, the internet connection becomes EXTRA CRITICAL and a typical result is that a more expensive, faster and more reliable connection is needed. This better connectivity, which has come down in price a lot recently, paves the way to move voice services onto the same internet connection, either by using a SIP trunk (internet phone service) or a Hosted Phone System. The infographic below illustrates what this looks like and can be applied to data as well as voice