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Cloud 101: The Basics You Need to Know About the Cloud

What is the cloud?

The cloud refers to computing resources that customers can access from any device with an internet connection and a browser. Cloud providers manage hardware and software in remote data centers, allowing customers to access services like software applications, data backups, virtual desktops, and software development tools.

What is a data center?

A data center is a building or group of buildings that house the servers, storage, and networking required to deliver cloud services to customers. Hyperscale is a term that refers to large data centers that span tens of thousands or even millions of square feet, housing thousands of servers.

Is the cloud secure?

Yes, cloud environments and data centers that meet security compliance are highly secure. Because any device that connects to a company’s cloud resources is a source of vulnerability, cloud services should always include endpoint management solutions to ensure comprehensive security.

Do cloud services include technical support?

This depends on the cloud provider. You can obtain technical support and guidance on navigating the variety of cloud services options if you choose the right cloud provider. With large, public cloud providers, you are more likely to encounter “DIY” situations, where you handle the migration and technical support yourself.

Is moving to the cloud difficult?

If the process of moving your applications and data to the cloud—or cloud migration—is managed by an experienced cloud engineer, the process is not difficult and will not be disruptive to your business. It can be a complicated process for non-technical professionals, however.

Does it make sense for smaller businesses to use the cloud?

Absolutely. The cloud enables your business to grow over time and helps to create a competitive edge to meet your customers’ (and employees’) needs. Financially, it definitely makes sense for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to use the cloud. Because companies only pay for cloud resources they need, an SMB’s cloud services costs are usually lower than the cost to build on-premises infrastructure. Also, providers that offer technical support reduce the need for in-house IT staff, who are often in short supply in SMBs.

Does the cloud comply with privacy and security regulations?

Compliance concerns do not need to prevent your company from moving to the cloud. By choosing your cloud provider carefully, you can obtain cloud solutions that are compliant with your organization’s regulations, such as HIPAA, SEC, or FINRA rules.

What does scalable mean in relation to the cloud?

The scalability of cloud computing means that you can easily increase or decrease the amount of cloud services your company uses. If your business is growing, or if it has cyclical ups and downs, you can adjust your usage to match your need. This means that you avoid paying for computing resources you don’t need.

Can a business use more than one cloud?

Yes, both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud models are more popular than ever because the flexibility of cloud services allows businesses to weave together a custom collection of services that fit their needs perfectly. It is not uncommon for an SMB to have on-premises infrastructure combined with cloud services like backup, data recovery services, and on-demand software from multiple vendors.

What is the difference between public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments?

Private cloud denotes a single-tenant environment, in which hardware is dedicated for use by individual customers. Private cloud is also used to describe customized cloud services from providers that get to know their customers and their business needs. Public cloud services are provided on a shared or multi-tenant basis, in which multiple customers access the same computing resources simultaneously. Hybrid cloud services are a combination of private and public cloud services, often a combination of on-premises and public cloud services. Multi-cloud refers to the integration of two or more public cloud services into a customer’s IT infrastructure.

Offering a variety of customizable cloud solutions along with expert guidance and technical support, NexusTek makes your journey to the cloud simple and straightforward. Any additional questions?