Times when corporate IT resources were stored only on computer disks are gone irrevocably. Today it is difficult to imagine how a company can function without using cloud computing services. Virtual space, which allows storing data and applications, provides security and guarantees continuous remote access to resources for employees. Cloud services bring many benefits to the company and are becoming more and more popular every year.
Cloud backup for businesses
As long as data is stored only on the hard drives of the company’s computers, it can easily be lost. Even when we introduce the backup policy, we can never be sure that employees will adhere to it or remember to make a copy of the data. When a disaster occurs, you may find that the last saved backup is six months old or even older.
If company data is stored in cloud computing, supervisors can have constant control over backups and prevent such a situation.
Cloud Computing service – your data under control
Companies put themselves at risk if employees store files only on the disks of corporate computers. After all, it sometimes happens that specialists quit at a day’s notice or are forced to go on long-term sick leave. When data is encrypted, it can be very difficult or even impossible to access it.
File encryption is a very common security measure that allows you to take care of the confidentiality of stored information. In some cases, it is also an obligation, legally imposed on the company. Unfortunately, if there is no contact with the worker who did the encryption, the company will lose access to the data.
An analogous situation is encountered when a corporate computer suffers a serious malfunction, such as one that causes the disk to be physically damaged. When files are stored in the cloud, they are protected from damage and can be accessed by other employees or the IT administrator.
An additional advantage of cloud computing is the fact that the company can avoid the duplication of certain files and the creation of in-house data silos.
What are data silos and why do they pose a threat?
A situation in which each employee has his or her own data resources, placed on the disk of a company computer, is an easy way to create intra-company data silos.
The easiest way to explain this phenomenon is to use an example – if a person working in the HR department creates his own spreadsheet with data on employment in the company, another spreadsheet with such data will be created in accounting, and another one will be used by the marketing department for intra-company communication activities, and thus we come up with three sources of the same information, so-called data silos. The list of existing employees changes very often. To coordinate one list is, of course, much easier than three. As a result, after some time, different departments of the same company will be using contradictory data, leading to misinformation and a potential threat to the company’s image.
Fortunately, it is quite easy to avoid such a situation. All you need to do is provide all authorized employees with files that will serve as a single, official source of information for the entire company. For this purpose, cloud computing services are a good idea.
There is another very big disadvantage of using only company-owned devices. Any modification of the IT infrastructure will involve the purchase of hardware. Any investment that requires the company’s time reduces its ability to adapt to changes.
Cloud computing – it is essential to choose the right cloud
Cloud services have become very popular in recent years. The cheapest, and therefore most popular among private users, are public clouds, a solution that allows remote access to stored files. Users can manage and access their files from both their desktops and mobile devices.
Unfortunately, the low price or no cost at all does not mean that this solution is not without its drawbacks. Companies offering such options do not invest in top-quality solutions. In general, users do not know where the servers that store their files and applications are located. Also, they are not properly protected, so data can be stolen or destroyed.
For a person who stores family photos from a recent vacation or their study notes in this type of cloud computing, a public cloud may be a perfectly adequate solution. However, it will not be the right choice for a company looking for a place to store sensitive data or applications.
Cloud computing offered by Data Center
Business owners cannot afford to be careless in this regard. Data stealing or destruction could have unpleasant legal consequences for them, and a paralysis of company systems could lead to costly downtime. For this reason, they are more likely to choose cloud services that provide a higher level of protection and a guarantee of work continuity, and go for the help to specialized entities, such as Talex S.A.
Data Center infrastructure that is used for cloud services has redundant power supply and modern cooling systems provided, and is protected against fire. As a result, business continuity is ensured for customers of cloud computing. There is a team of specialists constantly watching over security, monitoring the infrastructure 24/7.
Among the biggest advantages of cloud services, offered by Talex Data Center, is their scalability. The customer pays only for that virtual space and the parameters he or she uses. Moreover, it is possible to change individual parameters of the service at any time.
Cloud service – private, shared or hybrid?
Each of the variants of the cloud service provides the maximum level of comfort, business continuity and security. We perfectly understand the importance of services flexibility and customization. Therefore, depending on one’s preferences, the customer can opt for a private, shared, as well as hybrid cloud. When asking yourself the question, for example, what cloud for a small business? – it is worth bearing in mind that there is no sole option. In each case, it is worth to consider your specific needs.
Private cloud is a solution in which the entire infrastructure is dedicated to only one customer. As a result, the client has a great deal of freedom when it comes to choosing the technical solutions used, their respective performance and the security measures applied. The customer also has complete control over all solutions used within the infrastructure. It is therefore an ideal solution for companies that value dedicated solutions or operate in an industry with additional legal obligations, such as finance.
Shared cloud also gives customers full security and continuous access to resources. In this cloud computing model, however, the client does not receive exclusive access to the entire infrastructure, but only a digitally separated part of it. As a result, it has its own separate space on servers, shared with other customers. Since one pays only for the disk space and computing power used, such a service is a cost-effective solution.
Hybrid cloud, as the name suggests, combines the strengths of the two other models. Customers using it store some of their resources in a private cloud and some in a shared cloud. As a result, they can have full control over critical processes, and the rest store in the shared space.
Cloud services, implemented by Talex SA, are designed to be flexible and can adapt to the specific needs of customers. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Our personnel will be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and help you choose the right solutions.