More and more companies are replacing traditional IT infrastructure with cloud applications in their operations, leaving infrastructure care, maintenance and security to experts, so they can focus on the company core business.
The term cloud actually represents a simplified term for cloud computing and implies access to data and applications which are not located locally but “in the cloud”. This means that all data and documents can be accessed from several different devices, anytime, anywhere with accessibility internet connections. Business in the cloud offers companies numerous advantages such as lower costs, reduced hardware and software needs, greater efficiency and faster and simpler performance work tasks.
It seems that modern business today is unthinkable without cloud applications, but many often associate the term only with storage, i.e. backup of their data on servers of (large) hosting companies. For example photos, files, documents and the like from computers and smartphones are most often stored on Google’s cloud, Apples iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. Data storage and security is certainly one of the most important cloud aspects because, as is often said, data is the new oil today, but that’s only part of what cloud is for.
Perhaps the best example could be shown in gaming and cloud services, which in the future could completely replace gaming consoles and powerful gaming computers. Namely, with the cloud, busy computers with powerful hardware and expensive consoles go into history – users only need an ordinary device such as a set-top box or smart phone and an Internet connection through which they will connect to their chosen cloud service. A powerful processor, memory, graphics and the like are located in the cloud, that is, on remote servers where the game runs, so there is no need to buy new and powerful hardware, only a subscription to the service is sufficient.
When it comes to large companies, it’s a similar thing – there is no longer a need for powerful local hardware and IT infrastructure, but it is enough to pay for the use of cloud services that will host mail servers, run applications, store data that employees will be able to access from a remote location, etc. The cloud is increasingly popular in Croatia as well and, according to Eurostat data, our economy is one in the top 10 European Union in terms of most cloud usage. Plus Hosting is one of the most recognized brands for cloud services in Croatia and region. With their support and advice it is easier to choose what exactly you need.
The Many advantages of cloud infrastructure
Cloud advantages are numerous, including cost reduction, flexibility, scalability, business continuity, data security and greater choice in the development of IT strategy. When it comes to reducing costs, the situation is clear here – the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of data centers and expensive IT infrastructure is costly and operationally demanding, while with cloud options there is no longer a need for capital investment in infrastructure and paying specialists. By switching to cloud servers, companies can significantly reduce capital investments in the purchase and maintenance of physical infrastructure. Instead, they only pay for the resources they use, such as computing power, storage space, and network connections. This provides greater financial flexibility, especially for smaller companies with limited budgets. You can rent a cloud service that best suits your needs and standards. You can create an offer and see its price on the Plus Hosting web site.
The use of the latest technologies is paid for on a monthly basis, according to company needs, so only hardware and type of service that the company needs at a given moment and which is the most cost-effective. Also, companies do not have to take care of an uninterrupted power source, cooling, etc., because this is taken care of by the cloud experts company.
Cloud is a much safer solution
Cloud service providers store your data in secure and guarded data centers. They store multiple copies of your data in different locations ensuring that your data is always available. For example, if one server goes down, you will still be able to access your data stored on another server. Also, since these servers are located in different locations, your data is protected from damage caused by weather events (such as fire and flood).
Your data is also protected against theft and loss, as well as careless behavior by your employees. This, of course, only applies if you allow access to data only to those employees who need it to perform their work. The fewer people who have access to your data, the smaller the possibility of irresponsible handling of that data.
When talking about data storage and management, for many the first question they will ask is related to – security. Cloud service providers are certainly responsible for the protection of the data they store. However, a very large part of the responsibility remains with the users. Human error, due to ignorance and/or carelessness, is responsible for most security breaches.
Switching to Cloud servers brings numerous benefits to companies and organizations. Scalability, security, availability, cost reduction and global availability are just some of the reasons why many companies are adopting Cloud computing. However, it is important to carefully plan and execute this transition to ensure that the Cloud solution meets the specific needs and requirements of each company. If you are interested in switching to cloud service, contact our support department.