So what exactly is the cloud?
Cloud computing is essentially using the Internet to store and access applications, data and programs instead of having software installed on your company’s computers or servers.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
You may not realise, but you’ve probably been making use of cloud services for quite a while. G Suite (formerly Google Apps) which includes GMail, Docs & Sheets, Office 365, Xero (a user-friendly accounting package for SMEs), Salesforce (a CRM) are all examples of SaaS.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
This allows access to remote data centre infrastructures, such as computing storage, networking and networking services such as firewalls. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine (GCE).
Why does my business need the Cloud?
The upside of working on a SaaS application is that it can allow you to access the app from multiple devices, regardless of their operating system and locations securely. They can be more cost effective than having to buy multiple licences and having to support and backup the servers that they would otherwise be running on.
Having your data backed up to an IaaS service means if your office isn’t accessible due to a disaster, your data is accessible from anywhere. This is especially useful if you have remote workers or more than one office, either nationally or internationally.
What do I need to know?
Cloud-based services are not always be suitable. For example, if you’re reliant on the internet for your core applications, you’d want to ensure that you had a secondary internet connection in the event that your main service was down for a long period of time. Although internet connection speeds are increasing, we aren’t at the stage yet where it’s feasible to edit video online, or work on complex plans or artwork.
How Dr Logic can help
If you’re thinking about moving any of your current services to the cloud, we can guide you through the options available and make recommendations based on your company’s needs. We use a multitude of cloud services to run our own business, and have implemented many solutions for our clients, so we have hands-on experience of many online services. Get in touch to find out more.