What Is Cloud Computing and How Can Your Business Benefit From the Cloud?
Most people we talk to say that the information systems inside of their company often hurt their processes instead of helping them. We hear all of the time that managing IT is a headache with no apparent remedy to make all the pain just go away! I am happy to say that I believe that Cloud My Office has found the secret sauce to lowering IT budgets while improving performance, up time and redundancy.
What is the solution you ask? The CLOUD of course!
WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?
Now I know all that you have heard about for years is cloud this and cloud that, but never has anyone really described what they are talking about when they say “the cloud”. Allow me to explain…
The cloud really just refers to computing resources that exist (or are “hosted”) outside of the four walls of your business. More specifically, cloud computing resources live in a secure data center where everything is redundant. Most data centers (including the data center where Cloud My Office data is hosted) have the following redundant systems:
- Internet connections
- Power connections
- Internet routing gear
- Servers / computing gear
- Hard drives and disk storage arrays
- Air conditioning
- Security systems
- Fire suppression
The list goes on… What you really need to know is that data centers are really secure and ultra redundant. In nearly all cases they are significantly more redundant and secure than the servers in your office.
HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM CLOUD COMPUTING?
The cloud by definition should be flexible, meaning that compute resources in the cloud grow and shrink based on your demand demand. Think of the cloud like the power company. When you go into the office in the morning and turn on your computer you are ‘demanding’ more power from the power company. And when you turn your computer off at night that power that you were using can be sent somewhere else if someone else is demanding more power…
Cloud computing works the same way as the power company in that as you need resources in the cloud, they are given to you. Leveraging the cloud for your business computing needs basically turns your IT budget into a utility: you pay for what you use and nothing more.
In our experience, when businesses switch some or all of their computing over to the cloud they can save upwards of 70% on their total IT budget. Interested? Keep reading!
SAVING MONEY USING HOSTED VIRTUAL DESKTOPS
I could spend days and days and days talking about saving money using the cloud! Don’t worry, there are more blog posts to come with more specific examples. Cloud My Office has been deploying cloud solutions at businesses large and small for several years now. We have never once come across a situation where we could not save a business money by moving some or all of their computing resources to the cloud.
Using Cloud My Office allows businesses to centralize management of servers, operating systems and backups. This makes administration easier and user experiences more consistent across the entire user base. Outsourcing server management allows your IT department to think strategically without getting “stuck in the weeds” mitigating issues with user computer.
Cloud My Office saves businesses money by deploying hosted virtual desktops to organizations of any and all sizes. What are hosted virtual desktops you ask? Allow me to explain…
HOSTED VIRTUAL DESKTOP FOR BUSINESSES
A great example of adoption of cloud computing in business is the use of hosted virtual desktops. Hosted virtual desktops allow you to break free from the traditional bonds of the personal computer and move your entire desktop (programs, files and settings) to the cloud. Deploying a hosted virtual desktop infrastructure means that your users will have the same access to all of their files and applications from any computer from anywhere in the world.
Hosted virtual desktops stream your desktop over the Internet in real time. Cloud My Offices uses Citrix Xen App to deploy our hosted virtual desktops. Citrix is known for making the most robust virtual desktop delivery protocol available on the market today. The combination of our engineering efforts and the Citrix software allows us to give our users the best possible desktop experience.
The businesses that have adopted Cloud My Office hosted virtual desktops in the past enjoy a faster desktop experience from any device — no matter where they are using hosted virtual desktops.