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Moving To The Cloud

Understandably, the average person’s head starts to spin slightly when techies start getting into the nitty gritty of how cloud computing works.

In line with our sacred pledge to talk plain English, allow us to try to demystify the concept of cloud computing and “moving to the cloud”.

At the risk of stating the obvious: the cloud doesn’t actually live in the sky.

‘The cloud’ is simply a flowery IT term that fundamentally describes using hardware, processing power and file storage for your business off-site, typically at a 3rd party data centre.

When your business moves to the cloud, a cloud service provider takes ownership and responsibility of everything for you, on their own platform, including the responsibility for keeping all of your systems operational 24/7, meaning you no longer have to worry about ensuring uptime and scheduled maintenance.  The intricacies and specifics of how each 3rd party cloud provider achieves this differ but the key advantage to your business is that it’s no longer your headache.

Other major benefits of using cloud computing for your business include:

  1. Less hardware required on your own site, meaning less up-front capital investment.
  2. Less hardware equals less risk of hardware failure and associated remedial or replacement costs (the cloud provider ensures there is sufficient redundancy in their architecture to cope with hardware failure).
  3. Less risk of down time due to hardware failure (immediate fail-over in the cloud).
  4. Less risk of significant data loss due to the immediate synchronisation of data in the cloud.

Sounds great doesn’t it?

The truth is that cloud computing is great, although it’s not always the right fit for every environment or business.

Whilst we’re huge advocates for cloud computing here at Ohnyx, the bespoke assessment we perform for our clients pre-emptively identifies any red-flags or potential risks in moving to the cloud for your business.

We certainly won’t ever recommend your business moves to the cloud until we have performed a thorough analysis of your needs and specific systems.

Before we get to the assessment stage of the process, our first step is to look at the type of platform that may be appropriate for your cloud computing needs.

 

Step 1: Platform

Platform

The first step towards achieving the dream - a modernised IT infrastructure that seamlessly enables your business to meet its goals - is for our professional auditors to pay a visit to your company site(s) and run a fine-tooth comb through your existing setup.

Assessment

At the assessment stage, we look at each piece of software and functionality that currently exists within your business, as well as those gaps in functionality that are currently causing productivity to suffer.

Design

Once a thorough assessment has been undertaken and we've agreed upon the architecture of your cloud solution - identifying in the process the potential software and functionality that we'll look to move to the cloud for your business - it's time to move on to the design stage.

Migration

Yay! It's time to migrate to the cloud. Following meticulous planning and risk assessment, migration day (or week) finally arrives.

Database

Databases are one example of a technology that be fully integrated to operate in a cloud environment. So, what is a database? Good question. In most workplaces, a database can be defined as a stored collection of interrelated information, which can be easily accessed and managed by multiple parties.

Active Directory

Active Directory (or AD for short) is another service ripe for moving to the cloud, as it removes the need for businesses to run expensive on-site hardware dedicated to AD, making it an attractive option due to the significant potential for financial savings.

Line of Business Software

Line-of-business software, which as the name suggests is any specific application used in a particular niche or industry, can present a unique set of challenges when it comes to embracing cloud computing.

File and Print

When it comes to the bread and butter of office IT operations, gaining speedy access to your files, along with the ability to quickly print when you need to, are typically the things most employers and workers would prioritise in terms of their basic needs.