The “cloud” has always been a metaphor for the Internet; in fact, cloud symbols are often used to portray the Internet on diagrams. As a virtual space that connects users from all over the globe, the Internet is like a cloud, sharing information by way of adjunct networks.
Everyone wants to talk about the cloud as transforming IT, so what is “cloud computing”? The key features of the cloud are the ability to scale and provide as needed data storage and computing power dynamically in a cost efficient way, and without the user having to manage the underlying complexity of the technol ogy. Where cloud computing comes into play is the fact that traditional infrastructure is not a very good match for innovation.
In the PC era, users were typically wedded to one device, to one system where the local data files were stored. In this new era the data a user accesses may be displayed using multiple devices throughout the day – in particular iPhones, iPads, and their Android equivalents – the tasks done on them are supported by cloud computing.
Besides the ability to access data from multiple devices throughout the day, the cloud also provides secure backup of data for Disaster Recovery. Hybrid cloud backup is a backup approach combining Local backup for fast backup and restore, along with Off-site backup for protection against local disasters. This program typically collects, compresses, encrypts, and transfers the data to the remote backup service provider’s servers or off-site hardware.
Cloud computing is a relatively new technology that will only become more widespread. It offers many advantages that could immediately benefit you and your business – be aware, however, that initial developments come with frequent drawbacks. If you wait a while, the service will likely develop more fully as problems are ironed out. Plus, cost will go down as more people adopt the technology, which is great news for any frugal-minded businessperson.
As cloud computing changes the landscape of IT, successful preparation for future cloud workloads requires planning. By strategically adapting your network capacity, backup, and other critical IT functions, you can substantially improve your organization’s ability to operate in the cloud.