If you have been keeping up with our blog series then you have already learned what a cloud is, about security and the differences between cloud vs. local computing. Here are the links leading back to those topics:
In our next couple series we are going to discuss cloud types. This is a much shorter topic, but important nonetheless.
There are many types of clouds out there, from storage to email, from gaming to applications clouds.
In the most basic use most clouds are what they seem. A storage cloud stores files, an email cloud serves emails, an application cloud serves applications (SAAS – Software as a Service), think of SalesForce.com to Facebook.com. Each of this websites are cloud based. Remember cloud is really a marketing term for the Internet and in my opinion the way we use the Internet.
As mentioned, there are many types of clouds, from storage, backup, FTP, Sharing, email, application, hardware any many more. Before you run out and purchase access to a certain cloud, make sure it’s core functions are in line with your needs. I know this seems like a no-brainer but you would not believe how many customers I consult, or customers who have finally come to our cloud, that were in another cloud that was not the right fit. A cloud should have a comfortable fit and provide your core basic needs at least.
If we were to start drilling down on cloud functions, they are vast and numerous. Let’s take just a quick look at a storage cloud. Of the storage types – there are; file storage, file sharing, backup and FTP (File Transfer Protocol). You can find clouds that include only one or two of these features, but I would suggest finding one that includes all of these. Many provide all of these at no additional charge.
Also look for a storage cloud that has version controls, file locking, change notices, file link sharing, file notes and above everything else make sure your cloud provider provides access control and tracking. As well – as I mentioned in our security installment, make sure your chosen cloud offers you levels of access and file control. If you cannot get any of the above features, you may want to continue looking; you are not going to be happy.
In summary – there are many types of clouds out there. You should clearly define what your needs are and find a cloud provider that can offer most of your needs. Research and look at the details of the cloud provider, make sure the cloud providers tools are going to fit your needs, otherwise – move on to the next provider.
In closing – cloud computing can save you time and money if you choose wisely. Where else can you ramp up an entire infrastructure within days? Here at Raven Cloud Computing we have put our customers online in a matter of hours to a couple of days. If you were to build your own solution, it would take you weeks to months and thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
If you would like, we provide a free technical assessment. This can be beneficial to new and startup companies that are not sure where to start. Raven Cloud computing provides all of the above mentioned services; you can find these here at our website Cloud Computing. For the above mentioned samples of cloud servers or online storage.