Technological advancements are consistently changing the ways in which businesses function; with many companies employing remote workers or having employees that need to access documents when out of office. Cloud environments are fast becoming the option of choice for businesses to function successfully and professionally in the modern age.
If you’ve been considering updating the way in which documents and files are handled within your business, cloud environments are a viable option that are economically savvy, reliable and can work on a global scale.
What are cloud environments?
Essentially, cloud environments are online memory sticks, which allow anyone with the correct login information to access any documents or files loaded to the web-based application via the internet.
Using cloud environments is a way to deliver all the necessary computing services, from software to servers, databases and analytics in an effortless and streamlined manner, rather than buying expensive computer accessories and programmes.
Providers of cloud environments typically charge per usage, much like a utility company, making the process easy to manage as well as being economical.
What are the benefits?
Using cloud environments for the delivery of computer services is beneficial to businesses of any size for a number of different reasons. These include:
- lowering the expenditure of IT related services; not only does the usage of cloud environments eliminate the need to buy software, but cloud service providers can be paid for in manageable monthly packages, which can be easily monitored
- easing management and application administration; cloud environments managed by cloud providers bundle solutions and services within a unique intellectual property, also known as an IP, which can be tailored for specific businesses. This, in turn, allows businesses to have their needs met in a less convoluted manner
- reducing the time for the fulfilment of end-user requests, especially when outsourced support is integrated into the solution maintenance strategy; cloud environments are less disruptive as everyone involved within the business model has access to the necessary documents and tools required for the task at hand. This leaves the in-house team with more time to dedicate to end-user fulfilment, as well as solving any incidents that may occur
- higher rates in productivity; cloud service providers typically have a highly experienced technical team within their arsenal to tackle any issues that may arise. This leaves companies with more time to focus on core businesses practices, and also allows for smaller businesses to delegate their resources in a more appropriate and practical manner, as they know that their IT systems are fully supported. This means that more work can be covered without the fear of slipping standards regarding IT maintenance
What are the options?
When it comes to cloud environments, there are several different options for you to choose from; however, before you select a network for your company, it’s important to know the difference between the types of cloud environments available to ensure that you select the best package for your business.
The different types of cloud environments available include:
- Public clouds; these are third-party owned cloud service providers that deliver computing services and resources over the internet. With public cloud environments, all software, hardware and any other technical supporting infrastructure is owned by the cloud service provider, while the user accesses documents and manages their accounts via their internet browser
- Private clouds; these are business-owned and are typically located within an on-site data centre. There is also an option for companies to hire a cloud service provider to host their private cloud on their behalf. Essentially, all of the computing services are hosted and maintained within a private network
- Hybrid clouds; these are an amalgamation of private and public cloud environments, binding them together and allowing for the sending of data and documents between them. Hybrid cloud environments allow for greater flexibility for businesses
Are they secure and reliable?
The main concerns that may arise for businesses thinking about using cloud environments may include security and reliability, which are perfectly valid apprehensions considering that documents and company information may be compromised if the system were to fail.
However, by transferring your IT infrastructure to cloud environments offered by CBS, you will receive market-leading benchmarks for uptime, security, consistency and performance.
Cloud computing environments at CBS are beneficial to your business as they are:
- secure and available from anywhere
- proficient in reducing management and energy bill costs
- easily tailored to better suit the needs and size of your business
- guaranteed to improve business IT performance
If cloud environments sound like a suitable infrastructure for your business, call CBS today on 020 3355 7334 for a consultation to discuss your options.