Cloud computing is the technological capability to use IT infrastructures and services that are not installed on a local computer or server. Using a network (Internet or Intranet), connections are made to external computers or servers that provide appropriate resources.
Today, the tools and services provided by a long and growing list of providers are offering small businesses the resources they need to expand their reach in a global marketplace. With innovative cloud technology, unlimited scalability, and constant access to apps and data, the cloud allows small businesses in all sectors to save money and resources, support constant connectivity and collaboration, and keep data secure and accessible.
Taking some or all of a company’s computing needs to the cloud can solve those problems, save money and boost productivity — and help to save the environment at the same time. With numerous cloud service options and pricing plans to choose from, there’s a cloud — or clouds — to meet the needs of just about every business.
Storing a company’s data in the cloud can protect it against accidental loss and malicious activity as well as from events such as fire, floods, and earthquakes. Cloud storage, especially dedicated server hosting, also allows users the protection of a cloud provider’s own systems for preventing cybercrime and other security threats.
- Scalability and Flexibility
Cloud service options range from basic public cloud packages to fully managed custom cloud solutions designed to meet specific needs, and these can be scaled to meet a company’s changing priorities and ongoing growth.
- Data Backups
When you store your Sage or QuickBooks data in the cloud, you can rest assured knowing backups are ready and waiting in the event of an emergency! Data backups are automated and usually take place daily. So, it won’t be the end of the if you forget to create a copy of your data at the end of a long working day. At Summit Hosting, we offer nightly data backups which are retained for 15 days.
Consider your current IT costs. Those local storage machines and hardware don’t maintain themselves, do they? If you’re looking to grow your business, you’ll have to expand your data storage and hardware as well, especially if you’re using a more advanced version of Sage. With this expansion comes the responsibility of your IT team to maintain and update your local machines. And with that responsibility comes money.
- Convenience and Collaboration
When data and applications are confined to local systems, access is typically limited to clearly defined times and circumstances. But the cloud erases time and location constraints, so that data and services are available at all times, from anywhere in the world.
Cloud Hosting is a skill necessary companies in the new age learn in and be on High Demand from all over the world.
- Define cloud computing and explain its essential characteristics.
- Describe the cloud service (IaaS, Saas, Paas) & deployment models (Public, Private, Hybrid), and its infrastructure – VMs, Networking, Storage.
- Create a Cloud account and work hands-on with Cloud services, such as Object Storage, AWS, Microsoft Azure.