Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers scalable and secure infrastructure with a consumption-based cost model.

Cloud computing has fast become the new normal. It has changed how we do business today because it offers reliable, scalable and secures IT resources hosted in a professional data centre of your choice.

It is estimated that today 90 per cent of small businesses use cloud-based technology because of the multiple benefits it can offer in an ever-changing and fast-paced business environment.

The ability to access, manage, and securely update important data on any device, at any time, without the need to pay for costly hardware, has revolutionised information storage.

There are three main elements of ‘The Cloud’.

Public, Private and Hybrid.


A Public cloud platform allows a type of computing and storage whereby a service provider offers resources that may include network infrastructure, storage capabilities, databases and applications on a network of secure-linked, remote computers.

This service is offered on a consumption basis and customers can quickly and efficiently start using innovative technology that may previously have been out of reach for small and medium businesses.

This service is highly scalable depending on individual company requirements and is accessible from any device from any location.

A private cloud, as the name suggests, is infrastructure that is operated by a single company, either internally or externally through a third party provider.

Private cloud computing is a service providing customers with greater efficiencies and resources and is designed for companies who need to keep close control and authority over sensitive or proprietary data. The main benefits are advanced security and compliance.

Hybrid clouds essentially use a Private cloud as its foundation but utilise the resources of a Public cloud for strategic applications or expansion. 

Many businesses use a Hybrid cloud across different internal data-centres. It allows scalability to Public cloud where a greater than normal computing power or data capacity is required in situations of peak usage, or data spike processing. 

In these situations, a significant advantage of this cloud is that companies only pay for the extra resources required as and when it is used.


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