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Cloud Services

Cloud Services or Cloud Computing is currently one of the most talked about subjects in computer technology but what is it and how does it work?

Many people are unsure about the Cloud. Some are worried about what happens to their data when they upload it, where does it go and how secure it is.  Many already use the Cloud, for instance when they send email, use social media, play games or store photos from their smartphones, but they don’t realise it. The reality is that the Cloud will continue to grow in popularity so it’s worth understanding the benefits it can bring.

A Cloud Services platform provides quick access to flexible and relatively low-cost IT resources, such as storage, servers and databases, without the large investment in hardware. With the Cloud, you only pay for what you use. This is particularly useful if you have a business that is difficult to quantify or you need to scale up quickly to meet demand or you don’t have an in-house IT resource.

In essence, the Cloud is a network of servers, each with a different function. Some allow you to store and access your data, others provide online services such as Dropbox, Pinterest or Instagram. In the past when you purchased software you would get a box with a disk and brochures, now you just download the application directly from the Cloud.

Security of the Cloud is a key issue for many. As the Cloud is not a physical entity, some worry that it is vulnerable but that’s not the case. Cloud computing services companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure must ensure their services are totally secure or their credibility and continued operation would be severely affected.

There are different types of Cloud:

Public Cloud – Owned and operated by a third-party provider (i.e. AWS or Microsoft Azure), customers access these services and manage their accounts using a web browser.

Private Cloud – This will be used exclusively by a single business or organisation. It could be sorted in the business’ on-site data centre or hosted by a third-party provider.

Hybrid Cloud – A combination of public and private clouds, where data and applications are shared between them. This allows greater flexibility and more options for deployment.

For further information or advice on Cloud Services, please contact AVR on 01189 344 300 or email info@avr.co.uk.

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