Cloud

What is it?

‘The Cloud’ is a term for datacentres full of servers, positioned around the world, where data is stored and applications are run. Users access cloud apps and data from their devices over the Internet.

Until recently, IT systems were based on company premises. Users ran applications on their devices and data was stored on company servers, all connected by a network. The whole IT system was based within the office.

With the cloud, the servers are now in datacentres. The app that runs on your device now stores its data on these servers. Some apps are now web-based, meaning that the app itself runs in the cloud; you use the app via a web browser.

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Why the word ‘Cloud’? Traditionally, in IT-speak, a cloud was used in diagrams to illustrate something (usually a network) that was there, but the inner workings of routers and switches were irrelevant. And that’s how it is with The Cloud – we don’t need to know exactly which server in which datacentre our data is stored, we just know that that it is there somewhere.

Can Cloud help me?

There are many benefits of moving your apps and data to the cloud:

Cloud services are accessible from anywhere… Your email and files are accessible from office, home, your friend’s house, outside Tesco’s – you no longer need a VPN or Remote Desktop to access your office-based data. Wherever you are, you can edit documents, check your email and collaborate with your team by chat, voice call or video.

..on any device. Many cloud apps can be used in a bowser on any device – on Windows and Mac, on tablet and smartphone; both Apple and Android. Often, data can be synced between devices – the file that you just edited on your tablet at home will be on your desktop when go to the office.

It is purchased as a subscription. This has several benefits:

  • You pay monthly, with no up-front costs. Purchasing is OpEx, not CapEx, helping to smooth cash flow
  • You can add and remove services. As your workforce grows and shrinks, you can reflect this by adding or remove application licenses
  • You always have the latest software. Occasionally the vendor releases a new version of a product; when they do so you can start using it right away.

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