What is working in the cloud?

What is working in the cloud?

We have all heard about the cloud. But how does the cloud work? And what does it actually mean, working in the cloud? In short, it’s storing and retrieving data, software and files in a location other than your own location. Because this storage location is often invisible and unknown, the term cloud, is used. Working in the cloud is usually done via the internet, but not necessarily. It’s also possible to use this external storage location via ‘private’ connections. A combination of both is also possible.

How does the cloud work

An example of working in the cloud is the use of email with Office365 or Google Apps. This service runs in a Microsoft or Google data centre and is accessed by the end user via the internet. But besides email, there are many other options. For example of a workplace in the cloud. The thin client that ensures that you can work in any location. Whether in the office, at home or on the road. Another example is an electronic client file, with which the home care employee can consult the treatment plan at the client’s home.

We can determine a number of characteristics of working in the cloud:

  • The hardware to achieve the purchased service (‘working’) doesn’t run at the end user, but in a data centre.
  • The service that is purchased is achieved with this hardware.
  • The service is made available via a connection, this can be the internet, but it can also be another connection purchased by the user or a combination of these.

For which companies working in the cloud is interesting?

Working in the cloud is interesting for many companies, but not for everyone. It provides a lot of flexibility in the form of purchasing: pay-per-use and scalability; increasing or decreasing capacity is generally not a problem. Furthermore, the care for infrastructure and its investments has been completely removed. It’s true that different requirements can be set for the cloud per company, such as: how is the data stored, where is the data stored and how is this data accessed?

What can you do in the cloud?

You can actually run all software one can think of in the cloud. Think of apps on your smartphone: all these apps run on the basis of a (part of) a cloud service. Think of all kinds of online applications: ERP, accounting and CRM. But also the better-known hosting solutions: web shops, websites, email and collaboration software. Furthermore, backup is a growing branch in online services.

What solutions are there? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

The cloud consists of multiple layers:

  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where the service provider takes care of the infrastructure. This is the layer in which Fundaments operates.
  • PaaS (Platform as a Service), where the service provider facilitates a platform on which others can install the application. For example Amazon EC2 or Heroku.
  • SaaS (Software as a Service), where the service provider arranges everything, up to and including the software. Think of Office365, Twinfield or SalesForce.

There is a proportionate relationship between the degree of control and the degree of responsibility between these cloud layers. As a starting point, the customer’s requirements should concern the degree of responsibility the customer wants, can or must have (by regulators). The advantages and disadvantages are so different for each situation, through specific services on the one hand and preferences on the other, what is perceived as a disadvantage for one person can be an advantage for the other. For example, an accountant will perhaps purchase a SaaS service from Twinfield, because this fits in with the level of knowledge, and the system administrator of that accountant would prefer to purchase a IaaS from Fundaments directly.

The different cloud forms don’t stand alone. Often this is combined according to requirements. For example, an IT service provider can purchase an IaaS in order to create workplace services on it. They could combine this with Office365 for email. This combined end product is then offered as a SaaS service to customers. By cleverly combining these services you and your customers can benefit from the best of all worlds.

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