Is it actually in the sky?
If you Google “What is the Cloud” you’ll find hundreds of pages full of technical and complicated definitions. It is a complicated…thing. But why call it a cloud in the first place? Well “It’s this big, huge, amorphous thing that lacks definition. It’s a… cloud.”.
No it isn’t actually in the sky, floating about somewhere above our heads… it’s actually a physical thing. The cloud is a general term to describe hosted services over the internet. It’s a network of servers.
Some servers provide an online service such as Adobe Creative Cloud™. While other servers allow you to access and store data on the cloud. These servers include Instagram™ and Dropbox™.
Microsoft’s example of how cloud works “When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third-party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home or business (on-premises) that you maintain.”
According to recent research by Nasuni, there is over 1 Exabyte of data stored in the cloud, or: 1024 Petabytes of data. 1,073,741,824 Gigabytes of data. That’s the equivalent to 45,000,000 Mp3 songs a second, or 41,000 HD movies a second! So if you don’t know, that’s a massive cloud with a massive amount of space.
Chances are, you encounter it daily, whether it’s through Google Drive, Skydrive, Icloud or Evernote. The Cloud plays a key factor in today’s technology and it’s becoming unavoidable. It does come with many benefits, which is why so many businesses are entering this new world.
Every little helps!
Companies can now simply pay a monthly subscription, with the fee depending on how much data they use in the Cloud. Businesses can now upload all files and data onto the cloud making it more cost-effective than paying for expensive hardware.
Due to the Cloud being internet based, you can access it from any device that can connect to the internet: Tablet, smartphone, PC, laptop. So long as you can connect to the internet, you can access your files, emails, documents all online, anywhere, at anytime.
It’s often been compared to a rubber band due to its flexibility. It’s easy for businesses to scale up your cloud capacity. Meaning, if your company is growing, you can extend the amount of data storage you have available on the cloud.
Every company must have a plan of action in place for disaster recovery. At CANDA we ensure that we make incremental backups. This means every time you update or change a file, we will automatically make a copy of it just in case something happens to your files. Meaning you don’t have to worry about losing your important documents.
Let’s stay up to date
We can also take care of regular updates and security updates. This will ensure all your files and servers run smoothly and efficiently 24/7. Meaning you can get on with your important work whilst we deal with the technical bits.
Communication is easy!
Having access to your emails anywhere means you can stay in touch all the time, whether that’s with staff or clients. The ability to access all important files no matter what internet enabled device you are on, means you and your employees can share documents quickly and easy. If open communication internally within a workplace is encouraged and easy to do, a more effective team will emerge.
So about the Cloud….
Okay so what do we know? Well the cloud is actually a physical thing, that doesn’t just float above our heads. Our data is stored across the world, so even if it’s destroyed in one place, it’s backed up in several other places. If you destroy a Cloud, there’s still plenty more in the sky!
Wherever you are in the world, your device will automatically connect you to the nearest data machine so you get the fastest connection to the Cloud. It’s easy to access from anywhere at anytime if you have the internet. You can store files there, letting your employees access them just as easily as you do. Annnnnd lets be honest, it is a pretty cool cloud.