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What is all the fuss about The Cloud?

by Ella Collings | Feb 24, 2015

Eric Griffiths, features editor at PC Mag, defines cloud computing as ‘storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. It goes back to the days of flowcharts and presentations that would represent the gigantic server-farm infrastructure of the Internet as nothing but a puffy, white cumulonimbus cloud, accepting connections and doling out information as it floats’.

So, without thinking about it, you have probably been using the cloud for a while. Think email accounts, internet banking or even backing up your photos. In fact, anything where you can access these things from anywhere using different devices is made possible by the cloud.

Some of the advantages of switching to cloud technologies for your business could be:

·         Reduced Costs – Less requirement for capital expenditure on hardware and software

·         Flexibility and scalability – you can increase or decrease use of cloud services according to demand

·         Mobility and Agility – Users can work from a variety of locations using a variety of devices.

·         Easier Upgrades – the cloud vendor is responsible for upgrades.

·         IT Security -  Cloud Computing providers pride themselves on the security and reliablility of their services.

·         Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery – On premise IT disaster has less serious implications.

Cloud can provide the exact solution some people are looking for , however, it shouldn’t be assumed always to be the only solution. Often traditional on site solutions are still optimum, and in many cases, a hybrid solution using both technologies will prove to be best. Dorchester will analyse your situation to determine the best balance for you, see the Cloud Solutions page on our website

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