Is Cloud Computing Here to Stay?

Okay, this is a big question and at the risk of being completely wrong, I will weigh in on it. The answer is yes, it is going this way. I do think, however, that it is moving very slowly toward full cloud computing. What I will call partial cloud computing, as discussed in chapter 2, is actually being adopted very quickly and I am already seeing many implementations of these services in small and medium sized business in our practice. In fact, we offer all of these services and feel that they are a good fit for many of our customers. On the other hand I have not seen even one implementation of full cloud computing in our area. That does not mean that companies are not doing it, they probably are, I have just not run into any yet. I have proposed it to a couple of prospects but… Read more »

How Safe is Cloud Data Storage?

Security is a big concern for any form of cloud computing. You will be asked to take all of your files and records and store them in someone else’s computer system. You will not own the computer system and you will not usually be able to see it. At some level you have to trust the company who will store your data to protect it properly, but there are things you can do and questions you can and should ask. There are 4 basic security risks you face in any computing environment: 1. Unauthorized people will see your company data 2. Unauthorized people will see your customer’s data. 3. Your data will be lost or corrupted. 4. Unauthorized people will use your resources. In cloud computing these risks increase for the following reasons: 1. Shared resources – your data is on the same hardware in the same building as many… Read more »

IT Budget Analysis – On-Site Computer Netwwork vs Full Cloud Environment

In this article, we will try to compare the cost of a traditional on site computer network with servers and PCs to the new full cloud environment discussed in the article published last month. As you will see from this analysis, right now, full cloud computing is not less expensive than the traditional method, but it does not require any initial capital spending either. In order to do this analysis we will have to make some assumptions, if you want to make other assumptions, you can download the spreadsheet from my website and change them and see what it does to the final numbers. Here are the assumptions we will make today. Traditional Environment Description For our example we will assume that you have an office with twenty-five PCs and two Servers. One is a file server and the other is an Exchange Email Server. You have standard Microsoft Office… Read more »

How does cloud based support work?

Do I still need my IT guy? With the Full Cloud Solution, all of the servers and workstations are now residing offsite at a data center. Almost all of the maintenance normally associated with your Servers and PCs will be able to be done remotely. This does not, however mean that it will not need to done at all. You just will not see anyone working. All of the software installations, updates, patches, anti-virus issues, backup tasks, log checks, hardware repairs etc. will still need to be done. This change will mean that if you have a full time IT support person on site, there will be less for that person to do. If he is your employee, the only thing left for him to do is to support the application software and make sure the network itself is running. If your company has more than around 150 people you… Read more »

An Intro to Cloud Backup Systems

In the last installment in our series on the uses of the Cloud for businesses. As internet speeds have been steadily increasing, another fairly new service that has become available is a system that relies on transferring data across the internet for backup.

What are Cloud Based Applications?

Hosting applications is one of the most promising uses for the cloud. Google documents was one of the most successful pioneers, but these days there are many other useful apps.

What Services Can Be Moved to the Cloud?

Now you know what the cloud is, so the question is how can you use it? This week, we’ll go over many of the services you can move to the cloud, as well as why it is advantageous to do so.

What is “The Cloud” ?

There has been quite a bit of advertising lately about “the cloud”. You will hear phrases like…“to the cloud” or “moving applications into the cloud” or “moving everything into the cloud” Most of the advertising does not bother to explain what this means; they just say it in such a way as to make it sound exciting. This type of advertising is designed to create “buzz,” which means that the company creating the advertising simply wants to get people talking about the idea. You can see this in the Microsoft ads that say “to the cloud.” They keep showing different situations and then some lady says, “To the cloud.” The worst one has her saying “Windows gives me the family that nature never could…” Another horrible ad that mocks the father, but you are left thinking, you don’t quite know what they are talking about, but you feel like you… Read more »

The Cloud Is For Far More Than Data

One of the major benefits of the cloud, cloud computing and SaaS is the ability to store and manage unified data. But that is not the whole story. The fact is that successfully embracing the cloud can drive innovation and lower costs within any business.