The Cloud is just another word for the Internet. It originates from how techies like to draw “external networks” on their network diagrams. Like this: Over time it has been adopted by the marketing department as it sounds sexier than the Internet and has now moved into “common” terminology for the Internet.
Where did the Cloud come from?
The 1960’s... The original way that business consumed IT was through a mainframe and terminal environment. This lasted up until the late 1980s in which IBM was the main market player with over 90% market share.
Mid to late 1980’s During the mid 1980’s until late 1980’s, the mini computer became popular, though it was still an extremely large device.
Late 1980’s to Early 1990’s Personal Computers Modems and Broadband Mainframes were costly and bulky, with no chance of use for the home or even in a small business.PCs therefore became the answer to business computing.
The 1990’s to today In the mid 1990swith the Internet gathering momentum several services started to pop up such as Hotmail, one of the very first cloud computing examples. Hotmail (HoTMaiL) Broadband Web Standards WWW HTML FTP EMAIL Gopher
What the web used to be like An example of an early website, I’m sure you recall such sites! (this one actually still exists...)
And now? Some Examples of Cloud
Let’s compare In Fifty years we have gone… From this… To this…
What does the future hold? Cloud Computing is the future: A survey by the Cloud Industry Forum found that 48% of businesses are already using the Cloud and this is anticipated to increase by a further 40% over the next five years.94% of companies using it were extremely happy with their Cloud service.
Do I need it?
Let’s examine it’s benefits...
The Cloud allows you to work from anywhere… How: You can log onto your Cloud anywhere and have immediate access to your e-mail, documents, files; your entire desktop.
The Cloud could save you money How: No need for onsite servers, IT Support contracts, Backup systems, licensing or Anti-virus
The Cloud gives you peace of mind How: Your software is always up to date; and everything in the Cloud is instantly backed up This means if your computer crashes, get’s lost or stolen, your work remains exactly where it is – and ready to be accessed from your new computer.
As your company grows; your Cloud grows How: The Cloud enables you to pay for what you need, when you need it. It’s scalable, which means as you grow, so can your cloud
The Cloud is hassle free How: You don’t need to worry about your IT; it can be managed by experts
Is it complicated?
Is it complicated? No, it’s simple, everything on your computer gets put onto the Cloud.
Where do I start?
Establish exactly what you want, and need from your IT Shop around for suppliers; try and use a local provider - that way you’ll know exactly where your data is being stored Decide whether the benefits are ones which will suit your business
Thank you www.spidergroup.com James.Cook@spidergroup.co.uk