There are a variety of ways cloud services are used
The internet is changing the way people conduct business, and cloud services are making it more versatile. Cloud computing is becoming more popular than the traditional ways due to infrastructure costs, scalability, business continuity, collaboration efficiency and flexibility for anywhere, anytime access to resources. It is best described as renting versus buying server space or access to software from a cloud service provider and paying for only the services needed. Cloud services are usually segmented into public (internet – online services), private (internal – on premise) or a hybrid of both.
With our cloud IT solutions, we offer tailor-made IT solutions that are secure, scalable and most suited for your individual needs. It typically means a split between public and private cloud services, a hybrid of both, for performance and redundancy purposes. We partner with only the top players in the field, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as data centers located in Orlando and Seattle.
As your Managed Service Provider (MSP), we can provide you with a suitable strategy for your cloud computing security considerations.
There are three basic varieties of cloud computing, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When working with clients, one of our primary goals is to develop an IT cloud computing solution that meets their needs. This sounds easy enough, but there are many factors to consider. The most effective way to build an IT infrastructure foundation is to understand the basics and then build from there. Let's review the three varieties of cloud deployment.
Private Cloud services are used by a single company or organization. As the name suggests, data is not exposed to the public, which allows for enhanced security. Only the company that houses the private cloud can access the data and manage it. The private cloud is also protected behind a firewall. Features of a private cloud include:
- Single tenancy
- No public exposure
- Data Center located in the company's network
- Hardware owned by the company
- More expensive than alternatives
Some organizations and companies require private cloud IT infrastructure because they must protect sensitive data. Medical institutions are one example.
Our team of engineers can help customize a private cloud solution specifically tailored to your company needs. You have complete control over the way your cloud services are customized and controlled. Privacy and security are maximized, and there are a variety of tools we may suggest to help you reach business objectives.
Public Cloud services are totally virtualized and provide an environment where shared resources are leveraged while maintaining the privacy of each user’s data. They are highly beneficial for many companies; however, mostly larger companies use them. They reduce the need for them to purchase and maintain their own in-house servers and storage. Some of the features of public cloud services include:
- Public access to cloud services
- Internet access
- Cloud services provided by your managed services provider
- Hardware provided by cloud services provider
- Less expensive than a private cloud
There are a number of reasons why companies choose public cloud services. We can help you explore this option in full to maximize the value of your IT infrastructure and cyber security budget.
Hybrid Cloud services are a combination of private and public cloud computing solutions. You may need to use a private server to house sensitive data and applications while using a public cloud for those that are less sensitive. Users have access to both private and public clouds, so their experience should be seamless. Some hybrid cloud features include:
- Both single and multi-tenancy (based on where data is stored)
- Public cloud accessible by anyone versus private cloud accessible by user
- Private cloud located internally versus public cloud accessible via the Internet
- Private cloud managed internally versus public cloud managed by cloud services provider
- Cost benefits may be substantial or minimal, depending on the circumstances
Integrating public and private cloud usage into your cloud computing solution may be a viable and more affordable IT solution. With cyber security issues at an all-time high, you will also have to weigh your business' data protection needs. We can help you develop a comprehensive solution based on your company's unique demands.
More information about cyber security and cloud computing
Like every other business, your data is vulnerable to cyber attack. Small businesses are especially prone to attack as they account for about 60% of overall breaches. Protecting your IT infrastructure from a cyber attack must remain a constant priority. Data breaches can cost far more than mere downtime, especially if you lose control of sensitive customer or patient data.
At OrLANtech, we approach cyber security from a holistic viewpoint. Vulnerabilities can come from hardware, software or user. To protect your data, we focus on the following key security attributes to ensure your company or organization remain protected.
- Architecture – The hardware and software used to prevent a cyber attack are forms of security architecture. A firewall is one example of a security architecture that most people are familiar with. There are many more such tools that our cloud computing engineers use to ensure your data is fully protected from the most sophisticated attacks.
- Prevention – Most cyber attacks are entirely preventable. Human error is one of the most common reasons for a security breach, which underscores how valuable prevention truly is. One laptop left in a vehicle can lead to a very expensive HIPAA violation or compromise proprietary company data. Simply establishing a company protocol for laptop handling can significantly reduce risk. We can help you explore a number of proven solutions.
- Management – No technology works all of the time. Eventually, every system will break down. Understanding this simple fact will help you prepare for the inevitable security breach, which allows you to minimize and contain the damage. Management encompasses both monitoring and reporting. Monitoring assures that a virtual alarm is sounded whenever a breach occurs so that immediate action can be taken. Reporting allows our cloud computing professionals to find weak spots and enhance security before they are exploited by cyber criminals.
There are many other facets to cloud computing cyber security. We can help you develop a comprehensive solution whether you work from a public, private or hybrid cloud.
Cloud storage, cloud computing and networking – Your cloud infrastructure
Your cloud infrastructure is comprised of hardware and software that allows users to access the cloud. Applications are then implemented that offer a host of useful solutions to business’s most complex problems. This is the real value of business IT. To better understand how cloud infrastructure components work together to solve business’s problems, consider each of the following:
- Cloud computing – This is the power behind your cloud infrastructure. Virtualization software links computer servers together, which allow for the distribution of power wherever it's required. After determining how much power you need, we develop a cloud computing solution that meets your needs and allows you to scale upwards.
- Cloud storage – This is where your data is contained. Cloud storage can be comprised of hard drives or flash drives, or a combination of the two. Software is then used to ensure your cloud storage systems offer high-performance access. Security protocols are then employed to ensure the data stored within your cloud storage hardware is fully protected.
- Networking – Data moving freely between cloud computing resources is defined as networking. Your employees can communicate with each other and customers because of networking. There are a variety of exciting applications that can enhance productivity and customer satisfaction, streamlining your company's networking capabilities. These tools are essential to remain competitive in most business markets.
Cloud computing and remote desktop services
Remote desktop services, also called RDS, are especially useful for many companies. Users can access the cloud from any location and any device by simply accessing the cloud. Increased productivity and enhanced collaboration are just two benefits of using remote desktop services.
Users can access applications and data during non-working hours, which is important in the modern work environment. They can begin a work session on one device in the office, and finish it on another from a remote location. Updates are no longer necessary as long as every user in your organization has access to the latest version. You save money and the possibility for errors is significantly reduced.
If your office ever has to close due to unforeseen circumstances, like a natural disaster or some other emergency, normal operations do not have to stop. RDS is a great way to bridge the gap between business and technology, and we can help you determine if it's a useful cloud computing solution for your needs.
Customizing a cloud computing solution for your business
Competing in today's global economy requires getting the most out of your technology. We can help you craft a solution that maximizes your business's potential and reduce the cost of maintaining a fully-staffed in-house IT support team. You can focus on business as we ensure your IT operates as expected in the background. Indeed, the best IT infrastructure is one you seldom notice, and that's where our team of professionals excels.
Customizing your cloud services starts by understanding your business and workflow. With a host of tools at our disposal, we can develop an IT support solution that grows along with your business. Best of all, you won't have to pay for services you don't use.
Contact one of our experienced IT engineers today and find out if there is a cloud solution that will work for you.