While many businesses are increasingly being encouraged to turn to cloud solutions for their storage and network needs, there is still a significant proportion of those in business who do not fully understand the nature of the cloud. As such, our experts at Immervox have created this question and answer sheet, which can help fill in the blanks and help you learn more about the cloud.
Can you explain what cloud computing is, in layman's terms?
Cloud computing is a method of offering customers computing services as and when they demand them. These services include anything from applications and software to data storage and even processing power. This is done over the internet and is usually provided on a pay as you go basis.
How does it work?
Rather than buying, installing and then using your own computer infrastructure and data centres, cloud systems work by renting this capacity from an external provider. This has a number of advantages, including a significantly reduced upfront cost, a lack of maintenance fees, and it not being necessary to hire an expert to set up and maintain the systems within your office. Companies who provide this service are able to do so from the economies of scale they experience by having a large number of clients to whom they deliver the same services.
What is available as a service via cloud solutions?
Cloud computing has been incorporated into almost every facet of computer systems, and as such there are many services that can be accessed through cloud solutions. These range from simple data storage and networking, all the way to incorporating artificial intelligence into your office or manufacturing plant. Think of it this way: any system that you don’t physically need to be near is likely to be available through the cloud.
Have you got examples?
Even if you don’t understand exactly what cloud computing is, it is likely that you have used cloud services before. Netflix, for example, relies on cloud computing services to stream films and other media files directly to your laptop or TV, and services such as Office 365, which can be accessed from anywhere and save your email data onto a server for you to access on demand, are two prime examples.
Many apps and software suppliers now offer cloud-based services through a subscription, which can be accessed on any device just by signing in.
Why is it called the "cloud"
The name derives from the nature of cloud-based software; the concept is that the physical location of the service is irrelevant to the user, as they can access it over the internet, with information and WiFi signals being transmitted above our heads and through the sky, hence the metaphor of a cloud.
At Immervox, we pride ourselves on offering our clients an extensive range of cloud-based services and solutions. By putting the client’s needs first and discussing their business model, we can provide a tailored and bespoke approach to cloud solutions, matching your business needs. For more information and expert advice have a chat with one of our solutions experts so we can help you.