Cloud computing is everywhere. It has changed the way we communicate and use data both in our personal and professional lives, making our real time interactions with data available immediately, enhancing the way we communicate and broadening the scope of our everyday transactions with digital data. Our reliance on cloud based applications have grown and continue to grow rapidly, and have begun integrating into our lives seamlessly, often without us even realising it. But cloud based technologies offer far more than the myriad of applications that fast track our interpersonal communications, and more and more corporations are embracing the concept of technologies based in the cloud to deliver enhanced services and service levels both within their organisations and to the clientele that they service, and while “the cloud” has often been met with skepticism from various corners of the corporate world, citing it’s ambiguity as a concept that is often overused, the benefits that have been seen from employing the principles of cloud based technologies are undeniable.
Cloud Technologies Represent a Change in Thinking
Cloud based technologies have removed many of the obstacles traditionally associated with a service offering that connects consumers to the services offered and the organisations offering those services. Organisations no longer need to invest excessive capital in procuring and maintaining hardware and software applications hosted at their expense, and are able to leverage services off of pre-existing platforms, and very importantly, the support of experts specialising in the maintenance and operation of those applications. The effect of cloud based technologies can be seen not only in larger corporations, but small to medium sized businesses that are now able to offer services from a host of specialized providers to their client base, both broadening the scope of their service offerings and making use of a fundamental benefit of cloud based technologies – only paying for what is used when it is required.
Cloud Technologies Relieve Internal Overhead
Cloud based technologies allow many operational processes that are vital to any organisation to be safely “externalised”, using specific and secure technologies to safeguard one of an organisations most valuable assets, it’s data. This is evident particular in the often overlooked, but critical operation of ensuring that data is regularly backed up. The emergence of many providers offering cloud backup services have bolstered the levels of data security by ensuring that business critical data is regularly backed up and stored securely without the need for additional hardware and time consuming maintenance. Cloud based backups offer the flexibility to protect the data that is critical, at the cost of the storage of only that data, using applications specifically designed with protocols allowing for the safest and most effective means of data transfer and storage. Cloud backups also offer the unique advantage of storing data offsite at a secure location, but renders the data accessible from anywhere at any time, allowing users to perform their own restore tasks, lightening the burden on IT administrators, without compromising on the security of the data at any point during the backup or restore processes.
All Cloud Based Technologies are Not Created Equally
Organisations that have successfully harnessed the benefits of cloud technologies have in common the selection of technologies that not only suit their requirements, but that have been proven to be stable and secure, and are backed by reputable partners with experience and an understanding of the organisations needs, offering solutions with a holistic view of their clients environments, providing solutions that integrate cloud based applications with the physical architectures already in place. The Redstor Backup Pro software suite has been specifically designed to offer cloud backup solutions effectively and safely to organisations large and small. Their patching and encryption protocols ensure that all backup data is transferred and stored with the highest levels of security, and that only the smallest amounts of data are transferred to the backup location. Their advanced de-duplication technologies remove the burden of large amounts of required storage, and by partnering with trusted cloud providers, all backup data is stored in the cloud safely and securely.
Cloud based technologies are revolutionising the way organisations conduct business, and by harnessing the effectiveness of reliable cloud based applications, more and more organisations and their clients are reaping both the internal and external benefits of moving away from traditional methods of offering services and embracing the cloud revolution.