Cloud Computing

Staying in Business

Is the Cloud right for your business?

 Based on your business model, we can present solutions that save you time, money and increase your ability to reach customers.  These solutions make your business more flexible with the ability to change directions as your customer's needs change.  Let us demonstrate how you can take advantage of lower cost solutions to replace aging systems.

What is the Cloud?

This was the #1 Google Search term for more than two years. Many people experience cloud services on a daily basis when they visit such websites as Amazon or eBay.  These are powerful applications serving millions of people running on platforms that are distributed across several data centers. In plain English, the users are able to experience a shopping experience where all the heavy lifting is done through the Internet with very little demands to the user's PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Types of Clouds

  • There are several types of Clouds:
    - Public Cloud
    - Community Cloud
    - Hybrid Cloud
    - Private Cloud

Public Cloud

This is cloud computing in the traditional mainstream sense. Resources are dynamically provisioned to the general public on a fine-grained, self-service basis over the Internet, via web applications/web services, from an off-site third-party provider who bills on a fine-grained utility computing basis.

The best implementation is the Internet itself. Everyone has access and it is a great way to share, market and learn. Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in can be categorized as public clouds.

Community Cloud

Shares infrastructure between several organizations from a specific community with common concerns (security, compliance, jurisdiction, etc.), whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally. The costs are spread over fewer users than a public cloud.

Some of the earliest and most popular examples are Google Docs, iCloud & Microsoft 365. Most of the users create accounts to share information with internal or closely aligned external entities. Usage is limited about 2-5 gigabytes of storage for free accounts and billed for storage above that level.

Hybrid Cloud

This is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.

Mirrored Storage utilizes this type of Cloud Storage Implementation. We utilize software that allows us to target our private storage and allow clients strictly controlled access, but allows for them to share that data with with other internal users or external customers/partners. We can also target private storage, with software installed on client owned servers and their storage or community storage such as Amazon S3 storage from our data center.

Private Cloud

Infrastructure operated solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally. This requires an organization to build and implement their own implementation and managed access internally.

The earliest implementations were for companies internal or "intranet" sites. These were created for the internal use by employees of the company and only accessible while on the company network.