Many of us already use cloud computing services at home, whether utilising a web-based email account or storing and sharing photos or documents online, we routinely enjoy the convenience and accessibility offered by such services. With advances in broadband speeds and availability, we have become accustomed to using the internet to access a central technology platform and storing information there rather than just locally, which is the essence of cloud computing. The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the internet. It is based on how the internet is depicted in computer network diagrams and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals.
Gartner describe cloud computing as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT capabilities are provided as a service to multiple customers using internet technologies.”
So what does is actually mean to you and your business? Cloud computing provides access to your applications and data from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. As the IT infrastructure behind the 'cloud' is stored within one of our Tier 4 Data Centres, the result is a highly secure and completely expandable IT system.
Increasingly businesses are switching to cloud computing as it allows them to control and cut costs, simplify IT administration, improve service levels, support flexible working, as well as enhancing business efficiency, agility and processes.
While the benefits of cloud computing can be enjoyed in conjunction with a computer from anywhere in the world, flexibility is not the only advantage associated with a cloud-based infrastructure. There is a 1 in 25 chance of having your laptop stolen, broken or destroyed every year. Combine this with the fact that 50% of critical corporate data is stored unprotected on desktops and laptops and you have a recipe for disaster.
When using the cloud to access your applications, all your data is stored securely away from the machine you use. Even if the laptop or PC is stolen, your data remains confidential, safe up to the last second of entry and fully backed up.
A Bluecube cloud computing solution also includes all of the advantages associated with a fully managed service. The infrastructure needed to run your business is maintained by us, from software upgrades to hardware management, and delivered in a completely supported, scalable solution, for a fixed monthly cost.
"The cloud computing solution provided by Bluecube for the past five years has been flexible enough to respond to changes in our workforce, easily scaling to accommodate hundreds of employees, whilst providing the mobility and data security we need to operate in a global arena."