What is Cloud IT and why is it the future?
In our modern mobile world, many of us use multiple devices to work - an office computer, a home computer, a laptop, desk phones, mobiles and tablets. Employees are also working on the road, hot desking, at home and in the office so lugging laptops, multiple phones and equipment around with them is becoming increasingly inconvenient. This is where Cloud IT comes in, it creates a unified infrastructure enabling you to work seamlessly between these devices from any location - a must to future proof the modern workplace and maximise the productivity and flexibility of the workforce.
Cloud IT enables employees to use all these devices as “windows” into a unified platform, so users are able to access all applications, documents, software and systems via one login screen, facilitating true mobility and continuity.
A variety of organisations, from tiny start-ups to global corporations, from government agencies to nonprofits, are embracing – and experiencing the benefits of - the technology for all sorts of reasons. Cloud IT empowers businesses of all sizes to move away from pricey on-site hardware towards an efficient, scalable and hugely cost-saving future in the cloud. Telcoinabox provides access to two of the most widely used and beneficial Cloud Products; Hosted Desktop and Hosted Servers.
What is a Hosted Desktop?
For the end user, a Cloud/Hosted Desktop functions like an ordinary PC. The user logs in to find their desktop, files and applications, just as they’d expect. The difference is their desktop isn’t on their PC, it’s hosted in the cloud.
Choose from “quick start” shared hosting with Windows OS and standard apps like Microsoft Office, or build a private environment with bespoke software and a choice of operating systems and deployed applications.
Benefits of Hosted Desktop:
- Enables remote working
A Hosted Desktop is always on and accessible from any desktop or mobile device with an Internet connection. If the office is snowed in, flooded or otherwise inaccessible, staff can always stay connected.
- Hassle-free scalability
New employees? No problem. Duplicate the setup of an existing employee and give them access to all the same software from day one.
- Secure and resilient
Connect to multiple data centres across the UK to ensure minimum downtime and business continuity, secured with industry-leading encryption.
- The ultimate outsourced IT team
A Hosted Desktop’s security and support is managed remotely. Software updates, security patches and maintenance of all kinds no longer sit with the ‘Tech Guy’ in the office. Support is only a call away, 24/7.
What is a Hosted Server?
A Hosted server is a virtual server (rather than a physical server) running in a cloud computing environment. It is built, hosted and delivered via a cloud computing platform via the internet, and can be accessed remotely. They are also known as virtual servers. Cloud servers have all the software they require to run and can function as independent units. Maintaining a business’s systems is crucial in our connected age, and providing highly resilient cloud servers allows the user to do just that, as well as maintain complete control.
Whether you’re running fully-fledged enterprise applications servicing thousands of users, or simply hosting a customer-facing web site, our selection of server options is built to fulfil a variety of purposes to the specification your customers need.
Benefits of Hosted Servers?
- Flexible and scalable
Easily adjust resource allocation to suit the end user’s requirements
- Robust and redundant
Four Tier-2 data centres with N+2 redundancy
- 100% uptime with 99% availability
Via multiple transit network provisions
- Enterprise backup architecture
Complete business continuity and recovery
Top benefits of cloud computing
Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. What is it about cloud computing? Why is cloud computing so popular? Here are 7 common reasons why organisations are turning to cloud computing services:
- Speed - Most cloud computing services are provided as self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
- Cost - Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software, and setting up and running on-site data centres – the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up quickly.
- Global scale - The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources – for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth – exactly when it’s needed, and from the right geographic location.
- Productivity - On-site data centres typically require a lot of “racking and stacking” – hardware setup, software patching and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
- Performance - The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate data centre, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
- Reliability - Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
- Flexibility - Technology has enabled the number of remote workers to rise rapidly in recent years; the TUC estimates that the number of UK people working from home increased by a fifth in the 10 years to 2016, and now stands at over 1.5 million people.
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