By now, you’ve probably heard all about the “cloud,” or at least asked yourself exactly what the “cloud” means when it comes to computing. At EBM, we have a large Cloud portfolio that offers a wide range of services that can help your organization or small business create the secure online environment you need.
But, first, let’s take a look at this mysterious Cloud and what it really means.
What is the Cloud?
One way to understand cloud computing is by thinking about what it’s not – in this case, your computer’s hard drive. When you store data and/or run programs from your hard drive, it’s called local storage and computing. Your is data easily accessible from your computer, or others on the same network, and it’s how the computer industry has functioned for decades. It’s a about having a dedicated network attached storage hardware or server in your office or home.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, means being able to access your data and programs over the Internet. In this way, the information you need is accessible anywhere, anytime, simply by having an online connection.
Cloud computing is also about sharing resources rather than relying on local servers or personal devices to handle your business or personal applications. Instead, it’s Internet-based computing where different services (storage, applications, servers) are delivered to your organization’s computers via the Internet.
How it Works
The goal of cloud computing is vast as it applies traditional supercomputer power to a wide variety of consumer applications. To do so, it relies on networks of large groups of servers with specialized connections to spread data-processing tasks across them. In other words, it’s a shared IT infrastructure containing large pools of systems that are linked together.
The Benefits of Cloud Computing
For small businesses and other organizations, cloud computing comes with a vast array of benefits. It not only helps to increase productivity, but it helps improve collaboration and promote innovation. A cloud host helps facilitate data storage, Web-based phone systems, email services, and much more. Cloud computing is used by private and public organizations (including educational systems and governments), as well as individuals.
The Difference Between Private and Public Cloud Computing
- *Public CloudA public cloud is run by a cloud-service provider built on an external platform. In this case, users get their own cloud through a shared infrastructure, and the provider offers system resources, system security, and system maintenance. It’s cost-effective because it’s provided by an outside company that offers services to a wide range of customers.*Private Cloud
A private cloud is a platform that’s built within your own organization with your own hardware and software. It’s managed by your organization’s IT team, and it allows for more exclusive access, flexibility and control than public cloud computing.
It’s also worth mentioning a hybrid cloud, which combines both private and public platforms. In this case, your own IT team manages part of cloud while the rest is managed off-site. It’s great for organization’s that want to manage business-related data such as customer files in-house, but is content to store less-sensitive information with a third party.