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Are You Looking To Move Into The Cloud?

What is Cloud?

Cloud is not a specific technology or product, it is a concept and an approach.  The cloud originally was the symbol for the internet, where specific routes and locations are irrelevant, as long as they were connected.  Saying something was in the cloud was another way of saying it’s on the internet for example websites located in a third party’s premises, are accessed and administered over the internet-cloud.

Today, cloud is used to describe a growing number of new inter-related internet technologies and services, such as: online data-storage, web applications – SaaS(Software as a Service), ‘virtualisation’ of physical servers IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and more.  Cloud is also used to describe how remote resources and services are accessed, often meaning any internet connected device with a suitable client installed can access the cloud service or resource.

What is Virtualisation?

Virtualisation is a mature technology that gives the ability to create, almost instantly, multiple virtual computers (or Virtual Machines – VM – 20VM, 80VM), on a single physical computer or transversely distribute the load of a single virtual computer, across multiple physical computers and locations for example google.com.  Fully automated processes install and configure a wide range of operating systems and any required software, with data and network connections, without having to leaving your chair or ordering, finding valuable, rack space or under the desk space or installing any hardware.

Benefits of Virtualisation Over Physical Servers

  •  Low Operational Expenditure, based on use.
  •  No cost to deploy new servers.
  •  Easy to create backup servers and services, to create, highly secure, stable and resilient business platforms.
  • Each VM can perform as a wide variety of network devices.  Such as database server, file server, application server, webserver, firewall, load balancer, email server, media server, CCTV systems, security and entry systems, …
  • Each VM is protected, secured and isolated from other VMs and connected networks, through multiple layers of security.
  • Speed of deployment of new servers and services, hugely reducing and purchasing and engineering, costs and delays.
  • Extra, space, power or cooling, not required, for the extra physical servers. When used to replace existing servers, the reduction in space requirements and associated costs, are considerable.
  • High efficiency rating, further reduces the power requirements and heat generation, which has a positive effect on your carbon footprint.
  •  Less hardware means less physical material, also positively affecting your environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of your IT infrastructure.