In its simplest terms, cloud computing can be described as ‘separating your stuff, from your devices.’ Your ‘stuff,’ in other words your documents, emails, media files etc, are stored in a central location, which could for example be a dedicated offsite virtual server, or it could be a service provided by a third party where you pay a cost per user per month. You access those files via the internet, using any device you choose – that may be your desktop when you’re in the office, your laptop when you’re at home, or your smart phone or iPad when you’re on the road.
The concept isn’t anything all that new, for example anyone that uses a Microsoft Hotmail account for accessing their emails via a web browser, has effectively been computing in the cloud for many years! What has changed however, is the scale of products and services now available via the internet, the cost of off site storage and the speed of internet connectivity.
Cloud computing has the potential to deliver compelling cost savings, which at first glance may appeal at a time when most organisations are looking to trim the fat from their operations. One of the trade-offs is that your organisation will sacrifice some control over many of your biggest assets, which would normally be located within your own four walls.
The fact is, cloud computing is a compelling option for many situations, but it’s important to decide what’s right for you. Here at ramsac, we have the benefit of having a huge amount of experience in both traditional ‘on premise’ solutions, as well as cloud based services, so our customers turn to us for independent, balanced advice about the options available to them.
We continue to provide on premise solutions for countless organisations, but in addition we have the following cloud services available:
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