We've been hearing about the cloud for several years now, but today it's a safe bet. But what is it really? And what interests for your business? Come on, don't panic, we are offering you a short guide to better understand the “cloud computing” and choose a solution that suits you.
Often, companies turn to the cloud when they don't have enough room to store their computer data. But imagine that the cloud has other advantages. Eh yes ! Starting with a reduction in investment and equipment maintenance. Accessible to all companies, the cloud is also scalable and allows employees to access data and business applications at any time via their multiple connected devices (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.). Rather practical!
Also note that depending on their activity and internal needs, companies can choose between 3 different models (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) to deploy a secure and efficient cloud.
What is the cloud?
Well, it's not very complicated, the cloud is a network infrastructure allowing data to be stored on remote servers. You connect to it via the Internet, using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You see, we told you it was simple!
The advantage of the cloud is that it allows you to quickly consult information (customer data, real estate project, product purchases, etc.) and to launch professional applications (calendar, notepad, project management, etc.) etc.).
You will therefore be able to start working on a file at the office, or while traveling (writing a report, ordering products, etc.). Then, you just have to save the data in the cloud, and you can resume the folder later, as if by magic, on another station like your personal computer!
Want another example? Regarding a website, this will easily adapt IT needs (storage capacity, etc.) to the vagaries of traffic. To put it simply, the cloud will allow you to be much more responsive!
The benefits of the cloud
Does your business need more storage or computing power? So let's keep it simple, you can rent equipment such as servers, software, etc. externally from specialist service providers. And then, the advantage with the cloud is that you only pay for what you use.
In addition, with outsourced equipment, no more IT constraints (purchase and configuration of servers, installation of software, updates, etc.). No network infrastructure to manage therefore, it is the operator who takes care of it. And that is the best!
The cloud can be the ideal solution for SMEs and very small businesses that do not necessarily have the means to invest in IT equipment.
How it works ?
The cloud works on 3 service models: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.
With a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, no need to install any hardware or software. The operator provides turnkey servers and tools, to which all you have to do is connect directly via the Internet, 4G or 3G.
As part of an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) solution, only the equipment is hosted by the operator (servers, networks, etc.). You can then benefit from an automated and flexible infrastructure.
We end with the PaaS (Platform as a Service) model, similar to IaaS, with which you can, moreover, deploy and install your own applications, thanks to various services provided by the operator.
Suddenly, you will understand, by opting for a cloud solution, you ensure (or rather your operator!) The security of the network and the protection of your data. A little advice, choose a company based in London: this will ensure that your business information and software are stored on servers located in London. This way, you will be sure to benefit from national data protection legislation. Always more reassuring, no!