Living in the clouds


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16/07/2010 1:45 PM RssIcon

You're probably already computing "in the cloud".

You have probably noticed over the last few years that information technology services continue to move to “the cloud”. In simple terms this means that instead of running a service on your own premises, it is physically located in an external data centre and accessed over the Internet. If your email is located at an ISP, if your web site or server is hosted off your premises, if you use a credit card payment gateway, you are already using services that “live in the cloud”.

In one way there is little difference between email, and business applications like, Loc8, Facebook, YouTube and even Google. You might think of these as web sites, but to technical people they are “cloud apps”. It's now realistic for businesses to host their own business applications and even office servers externally, especially where remote access is required.

Nothing new under the sun?

In one way, this is just “client-server” technology, which is something you might have heard of years ago: an application on your PC, often a web browser, is the client which accesses the application that lives on the web server. So it’s not a new thing.
What is new is that the accumulation of commercial, consumer, security, technical and even environmental pressures driving computing “into the cloud”. With demand generated by circumstances as diverse as the government’s computers-for-schools program, the National Broadband Network, and the stunning penetration of mobile devices deep into the population, within your Council area you have many thousands of device owners hungry for information and interaction.

The silver lining

“Cloud” computing solutions mean that an organisation does not have to bear the high capital and running costs of developing computing hardware and software, to say nothing of the risks that many organisations run with poor or non-existent backup and verification, security plans and management, capacity planning, disaster prevention and recovery. All these costs are outsourced to experts whose daily business activity it is, and the organisation negotiates for provision of what it needs and a price for providing it.
Multibase has managed its own hosting services since 1996. We host everything from small business web sites, VMWare virtual servers, dedicated servers, application hosting to complex muilti-platform installations with multiple connections to remote data sources and complex security arrangements. We also host and manage many “cloud” applications, from web sites and content management systems, to complex multi-tiered business applications with multiple connections to remote data sources.
We take the worry out of server crashes, theft or hacking, backups and disaster recovery. Looking after you is part of the solution.

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