Be Agile, Efficient & Scalable with Cloud Computing
The cloud is not a new concept; think of the numerous online applications that power your business, from emails to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools, to accounts and HR platforms. As remote working continues to thrive and organisations look to scale, cloud computing has advanced to facilitate greater accessibility, business continuity and strategic edge. In addition to using pre-built services and applications, cloud computing gives businesses the freedom to create new, bespoke tools, design tailored applications and grow IT infrastructure with ease. By giving you the expertise and support you need, Conosco can help you accelerate your journey to cloud success.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the provision of on-demand IT resources, applications and utilities via the internet. It eliminates the need to own and maintain costly physical data centres and servers by enabling users to manipulate, configure and access applications, infrastructure and data storage online.
Cloud computing vs on-premise
Many organisations still rely on legacy on-premise IT architecture, meaning all server hardware, software and integration capabilities are managed internally by IT employees. If issues arise the responsibility is on the business making it costly and labour intensive to fix. As your business expands more servers need to be brought in requiring more storage space and more expense. Alternatively, if your business contracts you’re stuck with technological debt that could become outdated.
Whilst you may feel apprehensive about taking the leap to cloud computing, the advantages often alleviate the concerns. With cloud computing your business pays for the services it needs removing unnecessary costs and freeing up IT resources to focus on more strategic tasks. Changes to infrastructure, creation of additional services and applications, manipulation of databases and storage, and access to analytical tools couldn’t be easier.
Will my data be secure in the cloud?
Moving your systems to the cloud can be daunting and security is often a major consideration. At Conosco we’re proud to partner with premium providers who are at the forefront of cloud security such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. We’ve successfully achieved the Gold Cloud Productivity Competency from Microsoft demonstrating our commitment to delivering outstanding cloud services that guarantee the integrity of your data.
Let our experts show you around the cloud
It’s our job to understand your business needs and long-term goals, enabling us to successfully deliver a solution you can be confident in. We’ll ensure you always have the most reliable, high performing technology and the support you need to make your business agile, efficient and ready to reach new heights in the cloud.
What is public cloud?
Pubic cloud refers to a shared service that can be used by any paying customer. All infrastructure such as cloud servers and storage are owned and managed by a third party cloud provider and are delivered via the internet. Public cloud is the most common type of cloud service.
What is private cloud?
A private cloud environment is used exclusively by one organisation. It can be hosted by a cloud provider or it can be located in an onsite data centre. All infrastructure is dedicated to your business and maintained on a private network. Organisations that work with highly sensitive data usually opt for private cloud as it offers an added layer of security.
What is hybrid cloud?
Hybrid cloud is fast becoming a popular choice for businesses that require on-premise infrastructure as well as private or public cloud. Hybrid environments offer the best of both worlds – sensitive information can stay-on premise whilst cloud infrastructure provides the freedom to increase capacity as business needs fluctuate.
How can the cloud help my business?
There are a number of reasons that businesses are migrating to the cloud.
- Accessibility – By moving infrastructure and data to the cloud employees can access information from anywhere at anytime.
- Cost efficiency – Remove the expense of maintaining legacy infrastructure and servers.
- Flexibility – Quickly test and deploy new services
- Scalability – Increase cloud storage capacity as your business grows.
How do vendors charge for cloud services?
Cloud computing providers such as Azure, AWS and Google are paid for as a monthly subscription. This cost includes all storage, management, upgrade and maintenance. This allows organisations to remove hardware and IT staffing expenses associated with on-premise infrastructure.
As your business expands or contracts your cloud service can quickly be changed to suite usage, meaning you only pay for what you need.
Conosco works with organisations to configure a cloud environment that aligns with their business objectives and is optimised to your requirements.
What cloud provider should I choose?
There are numerous cloud providers to choose from, however, the leading providers are Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google. These platforms are feature-rich, offer a multitude of services and provide robust security.
Conosco is a vendor agnostic provider. Our experts will be able to guide you on the best cloud solution for your business. We’ll then help you migrate, build and deploy a cloud infrastructure in which your business can grow and thrive.
Is cloud computing secure?
There is a common misconception that public clouds are not secure, however, by working with a trusted cloud partner such as Conosco your cloud infrastructure will be configured securely with appropriate defences and compliance measures in place. As an ISO 27001 and Cyber Essential certified company, we have the skills and resources to ensure your business has excellent cyber hygiene.
Furthermore, leading cloud services such as AWS and Azure are secure-by-design and offer businesses multiple tools to help them detect and remediate risk.
Can cloud providers guarantee uptime?
Cloud providers typically guarantee 99% uptime. On the rare occasion that a server goes down, leading cloud providers will have backups in place to ensure there is minimal disruption to your service.
Can Conosco help me switch cloud providers?
Yes – Conosco’s cloud engineers can help migrate your cloud services from one provider to another. Businesses need to work with cloud experts to ensure all applications, services and data are properly configured and protected in the transition.
Our strategic consultants will also work with you to ensure that your current IT infrastructure is properly aligned to your business goals and will recommend any changes or new services to help improve efficiency and value.