Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable
and often virtualised resources are provided as a service over the
Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in or control
over the technology infrastructure that supports them.

Cloud computing can be a viable option for businesses of all sizes
however due diligence should be carried out on any Cloud Provider and
the service they are offering.

What benefits can be obtained from Cloud Services?

These can range from not requiring the purchase of physical hardware
e.g. servers to software applications to name a few however you loose
control of the underlying resources and are reliant on the Cloud
Provider to keep these maintained and operational.

Any prospective Cloud Provider should have more than one group of
resources, often referred to as Zones. This enables or gives the
option for customers to have a fail-over in place whereby the business
can still access their services as the systems are automatically
activated on the other Zone after an outage.

There is a lot of hype over Cloud Computing and there are a lot of pit
falls to avoid. All too often businesses get sold a Cloud Computing
service that sounds good on paper but in the end does not fit their
purpose and by the time this becomes clear it can become time
consuming and costly to undo what has been implemented.

There are also things to consider such as Service Level Agreements,
does the Cloud provider lock you in making hard to get out of their
service? Where does the data reside for your business and in what
country?

One item that often gets over looked is the Internet speed at the
business premises, this can have a dramatic impact on the perception
of the service.

We have experience setting up and managing Cloud Services for businesses
utilising Telstra Cloud Services and Amazon Web Services, our consultants
are also Cloud Certified Professionals therefore they have the knowledge
of how to locate a good Cloud Provider from the multitude available.
There are only around three to five major Cloud Providers in Australia
that have their own data centres with multiple zones available.

Before signing any agreements we can investigate the options proposed
and check to see if they are indeed the best option for your business.
We offer unbiased advice on the options available.

Contact us today to discover more about how Cloud Computing can assist
your business.