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What is Cloud Computing

18 March 2021

In partnership with Cisco and Microsoft, Dimension Data is introducing a new strategy for hybrid cloud migration that fully addresses the challenges modern businesses are facing. 

Instead of storing and maintaining your data in a physical server or data centre at your premises, you can access your data and technology services as you need them from a cloud provider like Dimension Data.

When defining cloud computing, it is important to remember that cloud computing goes beyond simply storing data. It also includes the delivery of computing services like databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence. In fact, cloud computing allows you to run software and platforms through the cloud, so that you don’t have to install and maintain them on your physical hard drives.

Cloud computing has been around for over two decades and has become the norm for any innovative businesses wanting to maintain a competitive edge. According to a report from Dell computers, companies that invest in big data, cloud, mobility and security see up to 53% faster revenue growth than their competitors. 

What are the advantages of cloud computing?

  • Cost savings
    Instead of paying for capital expenses including data centres and physical servers, you only pay for IT as you consume it. 

    Operating costs are reduced as you don’t have to pay to manage and maintain your IT systems. There’s no need to upgrade your systems regularly. You won’t need to manage an expert team to handle the IT, and even your energy costs may be reduced.
  • Scalability
    You can quickly scale your operation and storage needs to suit your day to day requirements. In the past, you would have had to purchase and install expensive upgrades on site, whereas now your cloud computer service provider will handle this for you. You can also scale down if needs be.
  • Fast innovation
    The cloud allows you to access to a range of technologies so that you can innovate faster. From infrastructure services, including as storage and databases, to other exciting new technologies like machine learning, data lakes and analytics, the cloud gives you instant access to so much more. Using cloud computing, you can deploy technology services in a matter of minutes, giving your business a strategic edge.
  • Flexible working practices
    Cloud computing allows employees to be more flexible. As working from home becomes the norm for many business employees, the ability to access data from anywhere is becoming more critical. With a cloud solution in place, employees can access data from home, while on holiday, on different work sites, while visiting clients and on their commutes.
  • Easier collaboration
    Communicating with co-workers and sharing data and information is much easier in a cloud environment. Employees working from different locations around the world can work on a project seamlessly. 
  • Loss prevention and disaster recovery
    If all your data is stored locally on local servers or hard drives, your valuable data is at risk. Computers and servers can malfunction or break, or even be stolen. Storing data in the cloud keeps it safe and easily accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Disaster recovery is also faster.
How does cloud computing work?

Cloud storage works by enabling your employees to access and download data, platforms and software on any chosen device (laptops, tablets or smartphones) at any time, as long as they have an internet connection and access to the cloud network.

What are the different kinds of cloud computing?

There are three types of cloud deployment: public, private and hybrid.
  • Public cloud
    A public cloud is managed by a third-party provider, who will be fully responsible for the management and maintenance of the cloud platform. Typically, a public cloud has massive amounts of available space, so you can easily scale your usage. The public cloud also offers great versatility, and is generally the most cost-effective option.
  • Private cloud
    Private clouds consist of a dedicated infrastructure that is not shared by anyone else. If a business has very tight regulatory requirements about how it’s data is stored and used, they may invest in a completely on-premises cloud solution.  Only authorized users will be able to access, utilize, and store data in the private cloud from anywhere. A private cloud offers security and control, but the private infrastructure will be more costly.
  • Hybrid Cloud
    Hybrid clouds combine public clouds with private clouds. The two platforms interface seamlessly, with data and applications flowing securely from one to the other. This solution is best for a company that needs both improved security and greater flexibility. 

Dimension Data - experts in cloud solutions

If you’re considering cloud services for your business, we have the expertise to advise, migrate, operate and optimise your cloud environment. Contact us today for a free cloud assessment.