Cloud computing is simply getting IT services, such as email, customer relationship management, or your telephone system functionality, over the internet. Instead of buying hardware and software up front, you pay a monthly charge based on the number of users. There are other names used for Cloud Computing that fundamentally offer the same service:
- IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service
- SaaS - Software as a Service
- PaaS - Platform as a Service
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing lets you use big company IT without the large prices. It's the ultimate in outsourcing. CSG can advise and manage the whole process from consultation, adoption through to after sales support. All you need is a PC and an internet connection to drive your business forward with the latest technology. And with 71% of small businesses not having an in-house IT person, the CSG Cloud vPlatform allows you to easily access the latest technology within a managed service.
Secure, Resilient and Expandable Cloud Computing Systems
Data stored in secure, well-protected data centres are likely to be safer than information on your laptop or a server in your office. Vendors have a big stake in keeping intruders out, viruses down and data backed up and the expertise and resources to do it.
Cloud computing also makes your business more resilient. For example, if you lose your PC, you can just login from another computer and carry on working. All your data is stored 'in the cloud' and not on the missing computer.
This kind of redundancy and backup is very expensive for companies to provide for themselves.
Is Cloud Computing Right for my Business?
There are some reasons why you might not use cloud computing and in some instances it will not always be the right solution for your requirements. This is where the knowledge and expertise of dealing with CSG as your local IT partner will make the difference to your business. We will help evaluate and recommend what IT Strategy your organisation should adopt moving forward.
CSG will look at whether your internet connection is slow or unreliable, if you want absolute physical control over your data, what specialist in house applications or bespoke software is in use, the emphasis of Disaster Contingency planning with your organisation and other considerations that form part of the consultation process before recommending the solution to meet your requirements.
CSG offer a wide range cloud-based services and an easy migration process with the CSG Cloud vPlatform.