The “Cloud” is a huge buzz-word in technology circles, but the way we see it, it just means “your data, stored on someone else’s equipment.” That doesn’t make it bad, but it does make it something you want to understand before you embrace it.
Mail servers and clients, business management and accounting systems, office productivity suites and other applications are moving from the desktop and the local server into the cloud.
The advantages of cloud-hosted services include:
- increased up-time and reliability – typically cloud hosting servers are more reliable than your average computer or server.
- accessibility – your app will work from anywhere, and remote users don’t need access to your office network to access the app.
- scalability – as traffic to your cloud app grows, many cloud servers can adapt and expand their resources to respond.
But at the same time, cloud services raise important questions.
- Who owns the files and data on your cloud server?
- How secure is the data?
- Can I move to another cloud service or migrate to local storage in future ?
Studytech can help you answer the questions and take advantage of the latest cloud service offerings, such as:
- Google G-Suite – email, calendar, contacts and notes, available on your PC, Mac or smartphone, plus online file storage, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more.
- Google Cloud and App Engine
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) – flexible and scalable cloud hosting of databases, web sites and apps
- Microsoft Azure – mix cloud and local servers
- Netsuite – cloud-based Enterprise Resource Management (ERM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Warehouse Management System (WMS) and more.