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Cloud computing services: an introduction

Posted by: Schepisi - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The term cloud computing has been popping up in technological news more and more over the past decade, and this year it’s set to grow further. 

It’s a popular topic that’s appearing in news articles daily, and, whilst you may be aware of it, it’s quite a vague term. We'll help define cloud computing services and outline its purpose and benefits for business operations.

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The cloud computing definition

In its simplest terms, the cloud is ‘the internet’.

While simple, this definition is also somewhat ambiguous, (much like some people’s perception of the cloud!) You see, the cloud is not a physical thing: it is internet-based computing, where your business data is stored in virtual servers.

The official definition comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the US Department of Commerce:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
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From this official definition, we can conclude three main features.

Cloud computing:

  • Enables immediate, global access to resources

  • Can deliver these resources quickly

  • Operates with minimum supervision


Move to the cloud

The concept of the cloud raises a question when it comes to business operations: should you upgrade or replace your existing servers, or, should you move to the cloud?

Cloud computing is where businesses can subscribe to data centres and store data there, rather than owning, operating and maintaining their own storage means. It’s an alternative to replacing your server or buying more storage space and may even save you money by reducing or eliminating IT costs.

A Telstra cloud service from Schepisi means moving data from your old physical on-site servers to Telstra’s virtual dedicated servers. These virtual servers have all the functionality and features of a physical servers, and do not affect users when they are moved around and scaled up or down.

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Cloud server backup and recovery

Cloud server backup involves data recovery of files and documents. Data can not only be created and stored in the cloud; it can also be restored. 

This will ease the mind of a lot of businesses considering their cloud strategy, as backup and recovery is one of the main concerns of those considering a move to the cloud.

The great advantage here, then, is that no matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored, in the virtual cloud.  
 

Storing data

The cloud enables you to store and manage your complete information and communications technology (ICT) database with flexible room to move. Schepisi provides a reliable and secure Telstra Cloud service that can grow with your business.

Cloud computing is here to stay, and set to grow. Forrester Research states the public cloud market in Australia will grow from $732 million in 2011 to $3.2 billion in 2020!  

How’s your cloud strategy? Get in touch with our Schepisi cloud experts today!
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