Cloud Computing

cloud computingCloud computing allows your business to move part (or all) of companies technology infrastructure into the cloud. There is a lot of confusion on the internet regarding “the cloud” and what that means. Essentially the cloud is a different name for a data center from which you can lease hardware resources. Instead of purchasing a server for your organization that you need to provide space, cooling, maintenance, and electricity, a company may choose to lease this server from reputable data center. 

A big advantage of cloud computing is the ability to not just lease a server, but to purchase hardware resources on demand. Traditionally when you purchased a server you would need to estimate how much space / power / resources you would need to last for the next 3 to 5 years. With cloud computing you can lease the exact amount of resources you need today. As your business grows, you can allocate additional resource to the server and receive instant performance boost. If the need for a specific server decreases, you can reduce the resources for that server and cut down costs. With cloud computing services you may not even need “a server”. Hosted email, hosted accounting system, CRM systems are just some of cloud solutions available today. 

Additional benefit of cloud computing include data redundancy, backup, and the ability to deliver your data to different sections of the world instantly (otherwise known as content delivery network). 

There are many variations of cloud computing. Some of these are public cloud, private cloud, government cloud, and shared cloud. How your business is organized will determine the best way your company can take advantage of the cloud computing. Expert computer solutions works with business to determine the benefits of moving resources to a cloud using the following steps.

Discovery: Determine current company needs and establish opportunities for improvement with cloud computing. 

Proposal: Outline the benefits and possible draw backs of moving the resources into the cloud. Establish complete road map to cloud migration.

Testing: Create production ready test environment. Assign power users and ECS representatives to test and resolve possible issues that will affect functionality and performance. 

Implementation: deploy new cloud resources to the company. Provide adequate training resources and help desk services to assure a smooth transition. 

Maintenance: Establish maintenance guidelines to maintain security and keep your cloud services running problem free. 

If your business is considering moving to the cloud, or you would like to know how cloud computing can help your company, contact us to schedule a consultation.