Everyone is talking about the “cloud”. Cloud storage, cloud servers, cloud backups, cloud email, cloud…cloud…cloud. So the question to answer is…what is the cloud and why do I need it?
Your company’s security should be one of your top priorities. By protecting your business from viruses, malware & rogue employees you can be confident your data is safe. In addition, the cloud stores your data in our class 1 data centers so back up and redundancy is at its best. Cloud desktop is the next generation to provide you freedom, flexibility & security.
Kevin Dutton, Managing Partner of SG1, a leading provider of cloud based managed services in Hurst, TX says that the primary reason that one would consider migrating from a physical server to a cloud based server is the flexibility and portability of data. “It’s almost like reverting back to the old main frame days” says Dutton. He outlined what he considered the top reasons for considering migrating to the cloud:
1. You can access your information from any device, mobile or stationary
2. Unlimited document storage
3. Security features are around the clock and include internal, external and environmental controls.
Dutton says that any sized company can have their data in the cloud. Major companies realize the cost savings of having data and servers in the cloud. It reduces the cost of equipment and also labor. There is no equipment to depreciate and the software and platforms are consistent across the company. No more outdated hardware or software.
“Anything that you can do with a physical server, you can do in the cloud”, says Dutton, “including remote and network printing. The most efficient element of cloud based servers is that you can have a power failure at one station, log onto the cloud server from another location and not only is your document saved, but it will reload at exactly the place you typed your last character.”
There are some misconceptions about the cloud:
Myth 1: Cloud Is Less Secure Than On-Premises Capabilities- Cloud computing is perceived as less secure. This is more of a trust issue than based on any reasonable analysis of actual security capabilities. To date, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud — most breaches continue to involve on-premises data center environments.
Myth 2: You can ignore BYOD and be more secure- Not supporting and implementing a BYOD policy does not mean an enterprise will be less at risk of a data breach. The BYOD movement is here to stay.
Myth 3: Migrating to the Cloud Means You Automatically Get All Cloud Characteristics- Distinguish between applications hosted in the cloud from cloud services. There are “half steps” to the cloud that have some benefits (there is no need to buy hardware, for example) and these can be valuable.
Myth 4: 7: I’m not using the cloud so I’ve got better protection- Even though many might try to fool themselves into believing they’re not using the cloud, we’re all online and susceptible to many of the same threats. If your systems are connected to the Internet, then you are already on the cloud. The biggest security threat is connecting anything (laptops, etc.) to the public internet or deploying any software to the public internet.
If you would like more information about the cloud, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at SG1 and find out if the cloud is right for your business.
SG1 is a leading provider of cloud based managed services. They deliver innovative and award winning strategies to help businesses strengthen and protect their IT infrastructure. SG1 is a local company that offers an array of cloud solutions to suit any business need. They use an enterprise private cloud tool that will enable you to leverage our 24 x 7 x 365 help desk support center, patch management, virus remediation, infrastructure monitoring and camera security that will empower your business with a single provider.