Everything You Need to Know About The Cloud – Part 2
Houston, we have a problem: It’s 2018 and we haven’t transitioned to the Cloud yet.
If you aren’t sure what exactly the Cloud is yet, no worries, I’ve got you covered. Check out our Cloud starter blog. If you’re a little more technologically advanced and want to know some more possibilities with the Cloud, strap yourself in and hold on, it’s about to get nerdy!
Let’s Start Working on Cloud 9
We will start off a little easy and get more advanced as we go along.
We briefly touched on using the Cloud as a file storage in part 1, but let’s look a little deeper. Cloud storage can either be hosted on-site (at your organization) or in a remote location. Before you pull the trigger on where to host your files, make sure you’re asking the right questions!
Not sure where to start asking? Check out our blog 5 Network Upgrade Questions You Can’t Ignore. Based on your needs, your data is stored in virtualized pools of storage hosted by a third party (i.e.: Microsoft, Google, etc.)
When you pay for online storage, typically, organizations are only paying for the actual amount of storage they are using without the hassle of the maintaining the storage infrastructure.
When I say backup, I don’t mean that flash drive you have in the top drawer of your desk, or even that “backup” folder you have on your server in the dungeon you dare not travel to. I’m talking about pushing your data automatically to any location across the net. When comparing it to the previous methods, cloud backups offer more security, availability, and scalability (endless size limit). Until you need a backup, you can now set it and forget it.
Yes, we still have disasters, as advanced as technology has become. Like backups, the Cloud offers much cheaper and reliable disaster recovery options. Disaster recovery and backups are basically one in the same. To summarize them both and how the cloud can help, check our blog on Azure Site Replication.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
If the word hybrid alone doesn’t get you intrigued as to what you can do, then hopefully its use will! When using a hybrid Cloud solution, you can test your programs, as well as develop them. When testing, you can monitor your speeds, availability and the overall user-friendliness of the program. The best part of using a hybrid Cloud is you aren’t stuck with paying for a Cloud solution that doesn’t work, should it fail. Even more, if moving to a hybrid Cloud works for you, but you see potential growth, you can take advantage of their pay-as-you-go for additional space.
Inbound marketing agencies use both structured and unstructured data to capitalize on gaining business growth. With Cloud solutions, you can watch buyer patterns, what attracted them to your site, even where their eyes were on the page that got them to click (aka heat mapping). Imagine knowing exactly how to gain qualified leads to your website, and making a sale just because you know what the people want. Don’t have a marketing department? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too, check out my talented friends at protocol 80, Inc.
Optimizing your Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and your Platform as a Service (PaaS)
If you’re using an IaaS, wouldn’t it be pretty sweet to have a pay-as-you-use service to save money on the maintenance of the infrastructure? If you’re looking to gain speed on developing ready-to-use applications, PaaS might be what you are looking for!
Things You Need to Know for Harnessing the Power of the Cloud
Moving to the cloud can be scary, I know. It can also be rather confusing if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If you want to get involved in moving to the cloud, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, book a meeting with me and we’ll have you and your company on Cloud 9.