In this modern day and age, data has become the backbone of any business. Storing that data safely and securely is more important than ever, but where hard drives can be unreliable, and servers can be expensive to maintain, where should a business turn for their storage solutions? To the cloud.
Cloud services are platforms, software, or infrastructure that are online based, allowing for the storage of files and data in a centralised and secure web location, with access that can be monitored and restricted to your staff and collaborators. Also known as cloud computing as a service, it allows for the movement of documents from hardware such as phones, laptops and servers, to an online server and back. This data then becomes accessible across multiple devices via apps or web browsers.
Rather than having your own servers and hard drives dedicated to the storage of vital documentation, service in cloud computing is provided by third-party providers. These providers maintain their own servers, and ensure the security of data, and you simply pay for the space that you require. This makes cloud as a service an affordable, secure and accessible solution for businesses.
While the thought of storing all your files and documents online may seem like a daunting one, there are countless benefits to doing so. Here are just some advantages of keeping your data in the cloud:
Use and pay for precisely the amount of storage that you need. This means that you’re not paying for unnecessary space, and can always expand or reduce your plan as needed.
Only make use of the services that you need, when you need them. There’s no need for unnecessary products and services, or unnecessary expenditure. This means that your maintenance costs will be reduced, and you can simply add or remove services as needed without any unreasonable fees.
Whether you’re a small organisation with basic storage requirements, a part of a global chain with needs that exceed the norm, or somewhere in between, you’ll have access to scalable services that can be adjusted according to the demands of your business.
The data stored in each service on cloud platforms can be accessed by those who need it from anywhere in the world, as long as they have internet access. This allows for seamless collaboration.
Cloud services come in a variety of different forms to suit your needs as a business:
Rent servers for your computing, networking, or storage. Rather than buying server hardware outright and expending efforts to maintain it, IaaS allows organisations to rent the space that they need and use Virtual Machines (VMs), for example, to run your applications. Maintenance is also taken care of as part of the service, leaving you free to concentrate on your business without having to worry about the hardware behind it.
Give your developers a structure that they can use to create personalised apps. Platforms like Microsoft Azure provide servers for development, allowing you to maintain control of your developed applications, while they maintain and control the servers themselves.
SaaS are online tools for companies to use, often without the need for downloading or installing applications, but accessible from a web browser. These tools, like the email services of Microsoft 365, are often managed by third-party vendors.
Cloud services have been growing in popularity across the globe, but they have been on the rise in South Africa in particular, partly because of the rampant power crisis that the country has experienced. Outages like load-shedding make it difficult for businesses to get servers on-premise to work efficiently, and hardware also becomes more prone to disaster thanks to the surges when power returns.
This makes cloud services an ideal solution within South Africa, with many businesses investing in both private and public cloud services. While private cloud services are limited to one organisation, a public cloud computing service is shared between organisations, allowing the fees associated with it to be shared.
Solid Systems is perfectly placed to cater to your cloud service needs, offering a wide range of solutions to suit your business:
Rent VMs on demand, as you need them, to act as a server and help you run your applications.
Not only can Solid Systems help you to back up your data, but we can also restore your system from backup in a matter of minutes should disaster strike, helping your business to grow continually.
We offer dedicated domain, database, and web-hosting services both locally and abroad. This makes the management of your business’ online presence simple and secure.
Give your teams access to the files they need, wherever they are in the world, and whatever device they’re using thanks to cloud storage. This dependable, cost-effective, pay-as-you-go service makes file management and collaboration a breeze, and requires nothing more than internet access to be used.
No more need to rely on Telkom landlines or exorbitant cell phone bills. Reduce telephone costs substantially with a cloud PBX solution that offers genuine per-second billing.
Let us help your business reach its true potential with consulting, planning and road mapping that cover a wide range of technologies. Reach your goals and look forward to the future with Solid Systems.
As a Microsoft Gold Certified organisation, we are perfectly placed to help with your Cloud Services. We’re just a click away, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Since 2003, Solid Systems have specialised in delivering leading technology solutions and offering guidance to organisations in South Africa and abroad, in the most human way possible.
We love technology and the exciting ways that it evolves, and are constantly improving the tools that we use. But humans are at the heart of our business. That’s why we value each relationship and prioritise a personal approach, finding solutions that deliver results for your company in the best way possible.
With our highly skilled and passionate professionals behind us, and the latest and most sophisticated tools at their disposal, we ensure that the businesses we work with are constantly evolving, and can step into the future with confidence.