What is the Cloud?

While many business owners have heard of “the cloud,” they may not be familiar with what it is or how it works. Although the concept may seem more complicated than it is, the cloud is actually just a collection of servers that are accessed over the Internet and the databases, software, or coding that run on those servers. Since these data centers are located worldwide, businesses can eliminate internal infrastructure costs and allow the physical servers to be managed by an external provider.

What Are the Benefits of the Cloud?

One of the most popular reasons businesses move to the cloud is that it allows people within the organization to access the files or software they need from nearly any device. Unlike traditional software applications, these programs aren’t run on a local machine. Instead, they are accessed over the Internet utilizing computing resources on a data center server.

Perhaps one of the best ways to describe this is by comparing it to an email provider or social media platform. For instance, if your laptop breaks, you will still be able to access these applications through another device. When accessing applications on the cloud, this exact scenario is possible; however, the range of applications and software that can be utilized expand even more.

In addition to the expanded application and device support, businesses that switch their data to the cloud will often eliminate some overhead costs and associated IT requirements. This occurs because the company will no longer need to manage as much hardware or software internally and, instead, these duties will be outsourced to their cloud provider. Ultimately, this can also make it easier for companies to expand their reach both nationally and internationally while pooling the same resources.

How Does the Cloud Work?

To successfully benefit businesses, cloud computing relies on virtualization. This technology helps create a digital computer on a server that functions similar to a standard computer with its own hardware – commonly referred to as a “virtual machine.” When implemented correctly, each virtual machine functions as its own operating system and is sandboxed from other virtual machines on the same physical server.

By running multiple virtual machines on the cloud, a single server can function in many of the same ways that multiple servers would. This can help improve efficiency for a company since these virtual machines use hardware resources as minimally as possible while still providing superior performance levels. Cloud providers can offer their server space to large numbers of customers at a low cost while ensuring no loss in performance.

Why Choose SET for Cloud Migration?

Small Enterprise Technology offers Managed IT Services. We monitor the health of your systems around the clock and will identify issues that may impact your network performance. Identified issues are resolved proactively with no customer involvement the vast majority of the time. To learn more about how SET can help your business implement and maintain your own VDI implementation, call us at (918) 965-0045 or contact us today