Cloud computing has become popular in the business world and for good reason.

Thanks to cloud computing, you can:

Add technology resources to your business without large capital investments.

Effortlessly scale your operations as your business grows.

Eliminate the need to maintain and manage some areas of your IT environment.

Give employees easy access to the data and applications they need to do their jobs.

To take advantage of cloud computing, you need to know your options

What you can put in the cloud? The types of clouds that you can use and What kind of security you will need?

What You Can Put in the Cloud?

Today, most components of an IT environment can be provided as a cloud service. You can put software, hardware, and essential operations in the cloud.

Software in the Cloud

Using cloud-based software is one of the most common ways businesses take advantage of cloud computing. There is a wide variety of hosted applications available from providers, ranging from office productivity suites to customer relationship management software. You also have the option of putting software you already own in a cloud. For example, you might have proprietary software that you want to deliver to employees in different offices. WC3 has the team that can help you evaluate which applications would be better off in the cloud to increase your productivity.

Hardware in the Cloud

If your servers, storage devices, and networking equipment are inadequate because your business is growing, you might benefit from putting your IT infrastructure in the cloud. It is not an all-or-nothing proposition, though. You can put individual components in the cloud. For instance, instead of buying a file server, you can use a cloud storage service that lets employees store and share their files.

Essential Operations in the Cloud

Crucial IT operations can be put in the cloud. Rather than dealing with the hassle of backing up all your data, you could have a provider perform your data backups and then store a copy of the backup files at its facility. Deciding what to put in the cloud is not an easy task because of all the possibilities.

Let WC3 walk you through your options and help you determine the best way you can take advantage of cloud computing.

The Types of Clouds You Can Use

Public Clouds

Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, and Google Drive are examples of public clouds. A public cloud provider uses the same hardware (e.g., servers, storage devices, networking equipment) to deliver its cloud services to all its customers. So, for instance, if you subscribe to Google Drive, your files are on the same hardware as the other subscribers’ files.

There are benefits to using a public cloud. For starters, you can add IT resources without having to make large capital investments. Another advantage is that you can quickly change the number of resources you are using, letting you efficiently operate your business. Finally, you do not need to manage the IT resource you are getting through the provider.

Private Clouds

A private cloud is used exclusively by a single company that has multiple business units. Those business units use the services being provided by the private cloud, much like multiple companies use the services being delivered by a public cloud. You can choose to own a private cloud or lease one from a provider.

The main advantage of using a private cloud is tighter security, which is important if you must comply with government regulations. Because you do not share the hardware with other organizations, you do not have to worry about your resources being vulnerable if another company’s resources become infected with malware or get hacked. In addition, you control internal and external access to your private cloud.

Hybrid Clouds

Some people mistakenly believe that having a hybrid cloud means that you keep all your IT operations in-house, except for connecting one server to a public cloud. A hybrid cloud refers to an IT environment that uses both private and public clouds. The clouds operate independently, but they communicate with each other. Sometimes, technologies are used to achieve data and application portability between them.

The main benefit of using a hybrid cloud is that it is highly customizable. For example, you can use a private cloud for the IT resources that need tighter security, while using a public cloud for those resources you want to be scalable.

The Cloud Security You Need

Security is one of the most overlooked parts of cloud computing. Using consumer-grade options might be adequate for personal use, but your business requires tighter security and more control over its file access. For example, your clients may be subject to government regulations, which could require you to maintain specific levels of encryption and security with all their data you manage. You may require restriction of access of your company’s financial data from your senior management. You may also need to keep a log of who accessed each file and when or maintain an archive of emails from deleted accounts of past employees. All of this is possible.

Our team at WC3 will decipher the numerous options available to you and make appropriate recommendations that align with your business goals and security needs.

Finding the Right Solution for Your Business

None of the three cloud types are inherently better than the other, as each cloud type meets different needs. Our Cloud Specialist can help you decipher the numerous options available to you and make appropriate recommendations that align with your business goals and security needs.

No matter whether you need to put one application or your entire IT infrastructure in the cloud, our team will help you implement that solution and ensure it seamlessly integrates into your IT environment.