Computing Australia Cloud Computing Guide
Your guide to moving your business into the cloud. An overview of the what, why and how of cloud computing.
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services, including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence — over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
Cloud computing comes with many advantages:
Cost savings – you do not need to outlay a massive amount of money to purchase server equipment. You are able to pay a fixed monthly fee that is predictable. Maintenance and energy costs are also significantly less than fixed infrastructure.
Scalable – cloud computing is elastic – it can expand and contract as your business grows. When you add more staff, it is easy to scale the cloud solution to accommodate more users. Likewise, if your business goes through a downturn, you are not stuck with an expensive system because it is easier to downscale also.
Secure – cloud hosting has many security features already built in. It means you are less preoccupied with concerns of data security because your cloud host will have invested heavily in this area. Since cloud infrastructure resides in the cloud, you do not need to be worried about burglary, fire etc, which significantly reduces your risk profile.
Better Collaboration – having your data and infrastructure in the cloud removes a reliance on people working at a fixed location. Staff can work anywhere in the world and get the exact same experience in or outside the office.
Unlimited Storage and Backups – there are no limitations on the amount of storage you can add to your system. When you buy an in-house server, you potentially need to keep upgrading disk storage. It takes very little effort to expand storage in the cloud and you only pay for what you use.
Latest Technology – Cloud solutions are constantly evolving and updating with new features. You get access to these improvements at the same time they are made available to all cloud users. When you utilise in-house solutions, it can take far longer to adopt new technology.
Competitive Edge – As a business owner or IT Manager, it is our responsibility to put the best IT system in place for our staff. Cloud systems reduce downtime and speed up productivity. For every company that embraces cloud, there are many more that have not. By adopting the latest technology, you gain a competitive edge over your competitors.