Cloud Solutions

What are Cloud Solutions?

The “cloud” originated from habits of drawing a cloud to represent the internet in network diagrams. Today everything we use is cloud based. Our devices are all connected to some sort of cloud whether it’s Apple iCloud or Google Android. The public cloud model is running workloads over the internet remotely using a commercial provider’s data center. Which also happens to be the most common meaning of cloud computing.

A more defined or precise meaning for cloud computing: virtualization and central management of data resources as software defined pools. This cloud definition describes how providers of public cloud services run their operations. The major benefit is agility. Giving you the ability to apply your data and network resources to workloads when needed. Also being able to tap into the abundance of pre-built services.

As a consumer, the cloud allows one to gain more capabilities when needed without purchasing new hardware or software. As an example if you run out of space on your iPhone all you have to do is fill out a quick form and increase your iCloud space. The same is available on other platforms as well. For example many schools use Microsoft so you may also have the ability to use Microsoft OneDrive for storage. The cloud allows us to adapt and change based on our needs all in real time.

Types of Cloud Solutions

The array of available cloud computing services is vast. For business the main type which we will primarily focus on for now is SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)

This type of cloud solution delivers applications over the internet through a browser. The era of installing software from a CD has almost fully come to a close. Now all of the software we use for business is delivered over the internet. Any of the services you use which you can login via a web browser to access your software is most likely a SaaS. The major benefit of SaaS is how the different services integrate with each other. Increasing ease of use and saving companies time as well as money. For more information on Software cloud solutions visit our Business Software page.

SECaaS (Security-as-a-Service)

This cloud solution is  best defined as a business model for outsourcing cybersecurity capabilities. There is an estimated 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide according to major security technology companies. Not only are companies struggling to hire a good team of in-house IT security experts, but many cannot simply afford it. With the SECaaS model, cost efficiencies are reachable through subscription-based services as infrastructure and manpower investments are shaped. It also reduces associated maintenance burden for in-house IT. Companies that are new to IT security, cloud-based security eliminates the need for hiring costly analysts to manage in-house security. For more information on Security cloud solutions visit our Business Security page.