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What is the Cloud?

It is very hard to separate the concept of the physical computer from what the computer actually does.  A computer is nothing more than processing power, memory, and storage.  As businesses and technology advances, so does the need for more storage, more memory, faster processing… however none of us appreciates the need for this frequent capital expense, especially for an item that depreciates so quickly and is worth nothing at the end of its life.

A to Z can now deliver your entire technology as a service. And this data is dispersed for redundancy to avoid a single point of failure.  Your desktop is delivered via our Industry Leading VMWare platform.

As such, the server and server room disappears.  It is provided, in IT terms, from the “cloud”.

Why should I move my business to the Cloud?

From an accounting standpoint, you eliminate the capital expense incurred with a new server (or servers) and deployment, along with the required operating system and common applications like Microsoft Office.  Instead, you transition into an operational expense that you can plan and budget for.

From a technology standpoint, you no longer need to worry about power outages, hardware failures, offsite backup, internet outages, and expensive maintenance fees.  You get rid of hardware and software becoming obsolete by maintaining the latest versions of the programs and features you need.

From a business standpoint, you avoid costly downtime and the need to maintain application updates across multiple systems.  You gain the ability to work and access from anywhere and save thousands on deployment and maintenance costs.

Is it less expensive?

When you take into consideration the cost of hardware, power, software licensing, setup, support, maintenance, downtime, and add the benefit of location flexibility and business continuity, most companies realise a MINIMUM savings of 30% while others greatly exceed that!  In this economy, that is a HUGE benefit!

A to Z Computers can help your business prepare for the future with our Cloud Computing Services.

With the growth of Mobile Devices and the need for access to data from Multiple Devices, the Cloud is rapidly becoming the future of I.T. for all Businesses.

We specialise in the rollout of Cloud Based offerings such as Office 365, MS Exchange Online, Virtual Privat Servers(VPS), Virtual Desktops, File Sharing applications(SoonR) as well as Cloud Based Backup Solutions for your companies critical data.

We will help you come to grips with all aspects of Cloud Computing and allow you to fully explore its potential benefits for your business.

Contact us on info@atozcomputers.ie with any queries and our staff will be more than happy to further discuss our Cloud offerings.

 

Advantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing offers numerous advantages both to end users and businesses of all sizes. The obvious huge advantage is that you no more have to support the infrastructure or have the knowledge necessary to develop and maintain the infrastructure, development environment or application, as were things up until recently. The burden has been lifted and someone else is taking care of all that. Business are now able to focus on their core business by outsourcing all the hassle of IT infrastructure. Some of the most important advantages of cloud computing are,

Cost Efficiency: This is the biggest advantage of cloud computing, achieved by the elimination of the investment in stand-alone software or servers. By leveraging cloud’s capabilities, companies can save on licensing fees and at the same time eliminate overhead charges such as the cost of data storage, software updates, management etc. The cloud is in general available at much cheaper rates than traditional approaches and can significantly lower the overall IT expenses. At the same time, convenient and scalable charging models have emerged (such as one-time-payment and pay-as-you-go), making the cloud even more attractive. Cloud computing delivers a better cash flow by eliminating the capital expense (CAPEX) associated with developing and maintaining the server infrastructure.

Convenience and continuous availability: Clouds offer services that are available wherever the end user might be located. This approach enables easy access to information and accommodates the needs of users in different time zones and geographic locations. As a side benefit, collaboration booms since it is now easier than ever to access, view and modify shared documents and files. Moreover, service uptime is in most cases guaranteed, providing in that way continuous availability of resources. Cloud vendors typically use multiple servers for maximum redundancy. In case of system failure, alternative instances are automatically spawned on other machines.

Backup and Recovery: The process of backing up and recovering data is simplified since those now reside on the cloud and not on a physical device. Cloud providers offer reliable and flexible backup/recovery solutions. In some cases, the cloud itself is used solely as a backup repository of the data located in local computers.

Cloud is environmentally friendly: The cloud is in general more efficient than the typical IT infrastructure and It takes fewer resources to compute, thus saving energy. For example, when servers are not used, the infrastructure normally scales down, freeing up resources and consuming less power. At any moment, only the resources that are truly needed are consumed by the system.

Resiliency and Redundancy: A cloud deployment is usually built on a robust architecture thus providing resiliency and redundancy to its users. The cloud offers automatic failover between hardware platforms out of the box, while disaster recovery services are also readily available to all sizes of business.

Scalability and Performance: Scalability is a built-in feature for cloud deployments. Cloud instances are deployed automatically only when needed and as a result, you pay only for the applications and data storage you need. Hand in hand, also comes elasticity, since clouds can be scaled to meet your changing IT system demands.                                                     Regarding performance, the systems utilize distributed architectures which offer excellent speed of computations. Instances can be added instantly for improved performance.

Quick deployment and ease of integration: A cloud system can be up and running in a very short period, making quick deployment a key benefit. On the same aspect, the introduction of a new user in the system happens instantaneously, eliminating waiting periods.

Increased Storage Capacity: The cloud can accommodate and store much more data compared to a personal computer and in a way offers almost unlimited storage capacity. It eliminates worries about running out of storage space and at the same time It spares businesses the need to upgrade their computer hardware, further reducing the overall IT cost.

Device Diversity and Location Independence: Cloud computing services can be accessed via a plethora of electronic devices that are able to have access to the internet. These devices include not only the traditional PCs, but also smartphones, tablets etc. With the cloud, the “Bring your own device” (BYOD) policy can be easily adopted, permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices to their workplace. An end-user might decide not only which device to use, but also where to access the service from. There is no limitation of place and medium. You can access our applications and data anywhere in the world, making this method very attractive to people. Cloud computing is in that way especially appealing to international companies as it offers the flexibility for its employees to access company files wherever they are.

Smaller learning curve: Cloud applications usually entail smaller learning curves since people are quietly used to them. Users find it easier to adopt them and come up to speed much faster. Main examples of this are applications like GMail and Google Docs.