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What is meant by Cloud Solutions?

Cloud Solutions provide users with scalable online access to an expansive range of business IT resources (IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS) on a subscription-based model. Users may choose between private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud facilities (colocation services may also be available). Cloud Solutions reduce the total cost of ownership and increase business continuity. 

Benefits of Cloud Solutions for business

Migrating to professional Cloud Solutions services brings many advantages over the traditional in-house method of developing and maintaining a purpose specific IT infrastructure. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is a reduced total cost of ownership.

  • Flexibility & scalability - adapt IT infrastructure to meet changing needs

    Typically, companies wishing to adapt or build upon an existing IT infrastructure (to meet the growing demands of the business, for example) would necessarily need to consider everything from additional servers, mobile access, and cabling to software and security updates, potentially requiring further changes after rollout at ongoing costs.

    The Cloud Solutions vendor provides cloud database options that facilitate the fast adoption of cost-effective VM solutions as required.
  • Mobility & security - global online access with robust security options

    Cloud Solutions support users wishing to expand network access beyond the four walls of the office - all licensing and compliance considerations are included. Through advanced security features provided by the service vendor, users can control and monitor mobile network access.
  • Office 365 - instant professional guidance and support

    Much of today’s business world is predicated on the smooth online exchange of data. Where issues arise with market leading software services, the potential for workflow errors and downtime can result in costly emergency IT support to rectify the matter. Cloud Solutions provide IT engineer support and automatic update rollouts, boosting business continuity. 

Types of Cloud Solutions 

Cloud Solutions is a broad term used to describe services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). 

Types of Cloud Solutions include:

  • User analytics
  • Mobile access
  • Developer tools
  • Storage options
  • Security options
  • VMware solutions
  • Network and infrastructure options

Private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud? 

As part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA), which serves to outline the user requested IT services and vendor delivery timeframes, the service provider will help the user to establish which server platform is most suitable, choosing between private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud solutions. This advice will vary based on many factors, outlined below.

  • Private Cloud

    Cloud Solutions based on the private cloud model provide users with enhanced controls over data storage, security, and compliance. A solitary private cloud is hosted on a single server, with access rights restricted to one user/company. For this reason, the cost of private cloud solutions is greater than alternate Cloud Solutions.

    Private cloud services are suited to large-scale corporations with significant security concerns and dynamic IT demands - the host server is dedicated to scaling services to meet demand, reducing update timeframes (this benefit is passed on to the user’s workforce and clients in terms of expedited application load times).
  • Public Cloud

    Cloud Solutions based on the public cloud model provide users with dedicated compartmentalised server capacity. The computing requirements of the ‘multi-tenants’ are assessed by the service provider and suitable server capacity is assigned - with a likely degree of scalability taken into consideration. 

    The shared resource lowers the cost to the user. This means that public cloud solutions are ideal medium sized businesses looking to exploit the advantages of reduced cost of ownership in terms of infrastructure (VM solutions reduce onsite hardware), software (applications, including licensing requirements), and platform (server ownership). 
  • Hybrid Cloud

    Cloud Solutions based on the hybrid cloud model provides users with access to a combination of private cloud and public cloud features. This means that users can benefit from reduced costs where applicable, while still benefiting from the robust features available from the database provider in other areas. 

    Therefore, the hybrid cloud is often seen as the ideal solution to partial cloud migration, useful where certain elements of the user’s IT requirements are not suited to full migration. Colocation is common feature of the hybrid cloud. Colocation allows users to source and maintain private servers, housed in the service provider’s off-site database. 

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