We have a lot of clients mistaking Cloud Computing for other forms of data storage. To put it simply, if you’re using Cloud Computing you are storing and accessing data and programs over the internet as opposed to your computer’s hard drive.
The term “Cloud” has stuck with us since the early days when online storage was represented as a floating mist in the sky. The reality is that the Cloud is a physical infrastructure. It is many computers located all over the world housed in massive warehouses.
"I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non- connected computers is byzantine by comparison."
Steve Jobs, 1997
What is Cloud Computing?
To be considered Cloud Computing you need to be accessing your programs and information via the internet. Your files are saved onto an external network that you are able to access anywhere with an online connection. Take your online email services like Gmail or Hotmail for instance. Instead of running an email program from your computer, you log into your webmail via the internet. The software and storage of your account isn’t kept on your computer, but on the webmail’s Cloud server.
The Cloud is an essential part of our day to day lives for 3 reasons:
It doesn’t require maintenance on your part.
It’s virtually infinite in size.
You’re able to access your stored information on any device, anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection.
The Cloud has the flexibility to change as your business grows. This removes the need to wait for new computers or software to arrive when the time comes to update.
Qbit has 4 options when it comes to Cloud Computing.
The servers are located within your firewall, usually located on the business premises; however they are fully rented and include software and hardware.
Your servers are located outside of your network at a provider, such as Qbit, Amazon, or Azure.
A combination of services being provided by Private or Public Cloud plus some in house.
Your backups are stored in servers that are remote from your business and the servers are not owned by you. The risk for Perth based business is expected time it will take to get your data back. We suggest you look at our Cloud backup solution, DataKeeper.
If you would like a quote on a private cloud solution then please contact Qbit Computers for a free consultation.