Essentially, cloud computing is providing computer services, whether they are software applications, IT infrastructure or platforms, on demand via the Internet (‘the cloud’).
By running applications on remote servers, rather than local machines, and accessing them via the Internet businesses can save money and increase their flexibility in the purchase and operation of IT systems.
Are you thinking about moving your business to the cloud? In today’s world, there is no need to have a large in-house server facility when you don’t use all of it all of the time. It is important to be confident about the security of your information in the cloud or at your on-site solution. Do you want to protect your data through back-up and recovery solutions? LRST offers solutions to these common business questions with a customized Microsoft Azure cloud solution and other Private Cloud and Virtualization.
What is Azure? In short, it’s Microsoft’s cloud platform: a growing collection of integrated services—compute, storage, data, networking, and app—that help you move faster, do more, and save money. But that’s just scratching the surface. Here’s what else Azure is….
Microsoft Azure means that you never have to wait on setting up servers or spend money on new hardware ever again. You probably aren’t using all of your server power all of the time, so Azure is equipped to grow and shrink to fit your needs in a way that a physical data center cannot. Instantly provision Windows and Linux virtual machines, applications, and infrastructure as needed. The platform scales and adapts on demand, meaning you’re only using the server space your business needs at any given time.
LRST can provide a peace of mind by providing durable cloud storage, backup, and recovery solutions for all forms of data, big or small. The adapt-on-demand approach of Microsoft Azure means you always have enough space for the data you need and a geographically diversified back-up to the cloud so in case part of your infrastructure gets compromised, your data is always there.
Microsoft Azure deployment provides cost-effective storage and hosting across the board. With a pay-as-you-go, utility pricing model, pay only for the server resources you’re using without penalty for modifying existing virtual machines. By removing software upgrades and system failures from the equation, migrating to Azure results in a predictable monthly rate lower than many local, SAN or NAS on-premises solutions. LRST can work with you to tailor a cloud solution that best fits the needs of your company and fits your budget.
Moving to the cloud offers certain benefits like control, agility, speed, ease of use and no hardware or maintenance costs. Most companies already have money and time invested in their server infrastructure. A hybrid model lets you take the transition to cloud one step at a time. You can continue to use the servers you have now and as they need upgrades you can move those into a public or private cloud solution. You have the customization, control, and scalability of cloud technology while still having the ability to keep and use the infrastructure you have established.
Certain businesses have a need for added security and data protection. Industry regulations in finance or government, or privacy issues in education, or just IP protection means you want that added security. A hybrid cloud solution allows you to keep your sensitive data controlled on already established, on-premise servers and move the rest of your data onto public or private clouds. This offers compliance and added control and security of on-premise servers along with the flexibility and ease of the cloud.
In the case of a catastrophe the hybrid cloud solution functions as a stop gap to keep your business running. An outage or a natural disaster can cut off your access to a particular physical or virtual location, by creating a hybrid cloud platform, you mitigate that potential by diversifying your data’s location.