There is a lot of speculation about the cloud. But, what is it, and what are the differences between public and private cloud? After all, how can your company take advantage of it?
It is tempting to imagine the cloud as a real cloud, full of ones and zeros. Still, in fact, it is a wide range of computing services, such as virtualized IT infrastructures, storage, data processing, and applications provided over a network. In public clouds, these services are available to anyone (free or paid) and are accessed over the Internet. The best-known examples of public clouds are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
The difference with the private cloud is that it is designed to be used by a single organization. A hybrid cloud, as the name suggests, associates elements of both. Many companies also use multi-cloud strategies. This means that they employ more than one public cloud platform and can also use a hybrid cloud.
What kind of cloud is right for my company?
All types of cloud have advantages and disadvantages. They tend to revolve around cost and security, with the private cloud being more expensive and, theoretically, more secure to protect your corporate data. A company that needs fast access to its data from anywhere must use a public cloud; the leading cloud storage providers in the market have an intense focus on providing the highest levels of security. A company with large amounts of sensitive data, such as those in the legal and financial sectors and some technology companies, should choose a private cloud. However, more and more, many companies opt for hybrid clouds; critical data can be stored privately, and less important information and resources, such as applications, are kept in the public cloud.
We are all heading for the clouds.
The adoption of the cloud is growing intensely. According to Kaspersky’s research, 37% of small and medium-sized businesses and 50% of all large corporations are using the cloud or plan to increase their use of the cloud. There are good reasons for this. Internal maintenance of the IT infrastructure and associated specialists is expensive, and keeping up to date with new technologies can mean running just to stay in place. For these reasons, even large multinationals often buy their cloud services.
One of the other big drivers is the change in work habits: more and more employees are distributed or working remotely. If everything you do is in the cloud, you can access it anywhere and on any device. Even so, Kaspersky also found that the speed of cloud adoption varies considerably by industry and geography.
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the arguments in favor of adopting the cloud are perhaps the most attractive: often, the cost of maintaining IT infrastructure internally is prohibitive; consequently, many have ‘come to terms with technology that is far from advanced. Now, they can buy everything and access the same type of IT and processing power as large companies. SMEs can use the latest productivity software. They can mine data to gain better insights. Besides, cloud computing is also highly scalable. If you need more cloud services, purchase them. It’s like buying electricity. You pay only for what you use. Traditionally, SMEs lack qualified specialists and functionalities to configure infrastructure as a service (Iaas),
When the cloud was very young, security was a concern for companies of all sizes. Much of this was due to regular news of data breaches and anguish over the idea of sensitive data being stored ‘outside the company.’ However, in general, the cloud is very secure; the data is encrypted, which reduces the chances of a breach, and you can use a private cloud for sensitive data. The cloud also allows you to store data in a particular country, which may be necessary to comply with data protection laws.
For companies with distributed workforces that use multiple devices, the cloud can also have important security benefits. Finally, cloud security offerings are fully mature and balance peace of mind and ease of use. Companies are beginning to recognize that including the cloud in their business processes can improve security over what was in place when running them entirely on-site.
In some ways, what we’re seeing happening with the cloud is the next evolution of the Internet: higher speeds, better connectivity, and improved security enable even more functionality to reside on the network so that it can be accessed from anywhere. Some companies, like technology startups, have stepped in, but many others are still getting used to this brave new world of location-independent productivity. However, in five years, it will be the rule for everyone. Is this the right time for your company to move to the cloud?
Although there are free cloud storage services, when companies use this resource, it may be necessary to have something more professional. According to the company, the recommendation is to hire a service to store your files on the internet safely. In general, the companies that offer this service offer advanced features, important for the security of your information, and other functions to collaborate with the management of the data. Thus, making the service personalized and more efficient.
The security of your data is fundamental. So check customer histories of the company you choose and see its principles. Information at this point will never be too much!
Finally, the service price may vary according to the number of files to be stored, ensuring a good cost-benefit ratio. What’s more, hiring a company is the one that will migrate your company’s data on computers to the cloud, which requires knowledge and time.