Moving to the Cloud
Running in the Cloud
Stored in the Cloud
Accessed from the Cloud ......
.. these days it seems like
everything is happening
in the CLOUD !
What Exactly is the CLOUD ?
The short answer is that it's somewhere at the other end of your internet connection – a place where you can access apps and services, and where your data can be stored securely.
The cloud is a big deal for three reasons:
1 It doesn't need any effort on your part to maintain or manage it.
2 It's effectively infinite in size, so you don't need to worry about it running out of capacity.
3 You can access cloud-based applications and services from anywhere -– all you need is a device with an internet connection.
This is important because there's a shift going on from office-based work to working on the move.
This shift is reflected in computer hardware sales:
' In 2019 about 430 million desktop and laptop computers were sold, compared to 805 million tablets, and almost 20.5 Billion Smartphones. '
So Who Uses the CLOUD ?
The cloud has become so integral to our everyday lives that most people use it without even realising.
In fact, for many people, life without the cloud would be radically different. There would be NO Facebook, NO Twitter, NO Gmail,
NO YouTube, NO Online Drive, NO Spotify, NO App Stores, and NO App's .... plus a huge bunch more.
The cloud has truly transformed the business landscape too.
Today millions of organisations around the world rely on cloud services for everything from customer communication, document creation, essential backup, finance, to things such as new business portals, planning, maps, support services, plus much, much more ......
Here's what that looks like in your working world:
Companies with just 100 employees
use an average of 176 cloud apps or services.
As of Nov. 2018 there were on average 9.35 billion
daily active business users, and over 8 Billion Worldwide Consumer users.
It's a FACT, that over ¾ of all internet users
rely on cloud-based services,
& IT'S GROWING EVERY DAY!
Cloud Clarity, a Real Business Advantage !
Sign up and start using an application in the cloud instantly. Even the most wide-ranging enterprise applications are usually up and running in a matter of days or weeks rather than months or years.
NO UP-FRONT COSTS
Skip arbitrary upfront costs like licenses, integration and consultants and get straight to the goods. Cloud software means you can dramatically reduce or even eliminate capital expenditure costs and instead simply pay an all-encompassing monthly fee for the service.
With cloud-based applications you can increase or decrease the number of users as your needs change over time. That means you pay only for what you need, and you never have to worry about running out of capacity.
Patching, upgrading and testing applications can take up days of your IT staff's time every month, but with cloud applications none of this is necessary. That's because it's all handled in the cloud, leaving your staff with more time to work on new projects and innovations.
Cloud applications are designed to be accessed securely from anywhere and from any device. Simply sync it with your handheld device or tablet, make sure you’ve got internet access, and you’re good to go.
Large companies lose an average of 265 laptops a year and if they contain confidential data then each loss has serious security implications. But with cloud applications your data is stored securely in the cloud, so a stray laptop is just an inconvenience, not a potential disaster.
OK BUT .... What's So Great about the CLOUD ?
Adoption of the cloud has been swift and its everywhere, in all our lives.
Here are some of the most important reasons why so many businesses like your own, make the shift to the Cloud:
BUT SERIOUSLY .... How Safe is the CLOUD ?
The issues of cloud security and privacy play an important role in the digital era, particularly since data is not filed in folders and physically archived in an office building. Every day, millions of new records are generated and stored digitally in the cloud.
Special attention should apply to the security standards offered by the cloud provider, including measures to secure transmission and storage of data, as well as the physical security of the cloud provider data center to control the access rights of your own employees.
Clarity 360 is aware that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our clients' data is critical to their business processes and our own success.
With our tiered approach to cloud security we protect the most important data, in which we monitor our application, systems and processes continuously and optimized so that they meet the increasing demands and safety requirements.
You should always look for these qualities in any cloud service provider
that you’re considering!
So with predictable costs, controlled risk, improved workforce benefit, better delivery to customers, and so much more.
All it takes is that first step to discover more .... talk to us, or continue reading below.
What is SaaS ?
SaaS, or Software as a Service, describes any cloud service where consumers are able to access software applications over the internet. The applications are hosted in “the cloud” and can be used for a wide range of tasks for both individuals and organisations. Google, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr are all examples of SaaS, with users able to access the services via any internet enabled device. Enterprise users are able to use applications for a range of needs, including accounting and invoicing, tracking sales, planning, performance monitoring and communications (including web mail and instant messaging).
SaaS is often referred to as software-on-demand and utilizing it is akin to renting software rather than buying it. With traditional software applications you would purchase the software upfront as a package and then install it onto your computer. The software’s licence may also limit the number of users and/or devices where the software can be deployed. Software as a Service user, however, subscribe to the software rather than purchase it, usually on a monthly basis. Applications are purchased and used online with files saved in the cloud rather than on individual computers.
There are a number of reasons why SaaS is beneficial to organisations and personal users alike:
No additional hardware costs; the processing power required to run the applications is supplied by the cloud provider.
No initial setup costs; applications are ready to use once the user subscribes.
Pay for what you use; if a piece of software is only needed for a limited period then it is only paid for over that period and subscriptions can usually be halted at any time.
Usage is scalable; if a user decides they need more storage or additional services, for example, then they can access these on demand without needing to install new software or hardware.
Updates are automated; whenever there is an update it is available online to existing customers, often free of charge. No new software will be required as it often is with other types of applications and the updates will usually be deployed automatically by the cloud provider.
Cross device compatibility; SaaS applications can be accessed via any internet enabled device, which makes it ideal for those who use a number of different devices, such as internet enabled phones and tablets, and those who don’t always use the same computer.
Accessible from any location; rather than being restricted to installations on individual computers, an application can be accessed from anywhere with an internet enabled device.
Applications can be customized and white labelled; with some software, customization is available meaning it can be altered to suit the needs and branding of a particular customer.
Business software is the best example of businesses utilizing SaaS. Tasks related to accounting, invoicing, sales and planning can all be performed through Software as a Service. Businesses may wish to use one piece of software that performs all of these tasks or several that each perform different tasks. The required software can be subscribed to via the internet and then accessed online via any computer in the office using a username and password. If needs change they can easily switch to software that better meets their requirements. Everyone who needs access to a particular piece of software can be set up as a user, whether it is one or two people or every employee in a corporation that employs hundreds.
There are no setup costs with SaaS, as there often are with other applications
SaaS is scalable with upgrades available on demand
Access to Software as a Service is compatible across all internet enabled devices
As long as there is an internet connection, applications are accessible from any location
What is PaaS ?
PaaS, or Platform as a Service, is a category of cloud computing that provides a platform and environment to allow developers to build applications and services over the internet. PaaS services are hosted in the cloud and accessed by users simply via their web browser.
Platform as a Service allows users to create software applications using tools supplied by the provider. PaaS services can consist of pre-configured features that customers can subscribe to; they can choose to include the features that meet their requirements while discarding those that do not. Consequently, packages can vary from offering simple point-and-click frameworks where no client side hosting expertise is required to supplying the infrastructure options for advanced development.
The infrastructure and applications are managed for customers and support is available. Services are constantly updated, with existing features upgraded and additional features added. PaaS providers can assist developers from the conception of their original ideas to the creation of applications, and through to testing and deployment. This is all achieved in a managed mechanism.
As with most cloud offerings, PaaS services are generally paid for on a subscription basis with clients ultimately paying just for what they use. Clients also benefit from the economies of scale that arise from the sharing of the underlying physical infrastructure between users, and that results in lower costs.
Here are some of the features that can be included with a PaaS offering:
Server-side scripting environment
Database management system
Tools for design and development
Software developers, web developers and businesses can benefit from PaaS. Whether building an application which they are planning to offer over the internet or software to be sold out of the box, software developers may take advantage of a PaaS solution.
For example, web developers can use individual PaaS environments at every stage of the process to develop, test and ultimately host their websites. However, businesses that are developing their own internal software can also utilize Platform as a Service, particularly to create distinct ring-fenced development and testing environments.
Here are some of the benefits of PaaS to application developers:
They don’t have to invest in physical infrastructure; being able to ‘rent’ virtual infrastructure has both cost benefits and practical benefits. They don’t need to purchase hardware themselves or employ the expertise to manage it. This leaves them free to focus on the development of applications. What’s more, clients will only need to rent the resources they need rather than invest in fixed, unused and therefore wasted capacity.
Makes development possible for ‘non-experts’; with some PaaS offerings anyone can develop an application. They can simply do this through their web browser utilizing one-click functionality. Salient examples of this are one-click blog software installs such as WordPress.
Flexibility; customers can have control over the tools that are installed within their platforms and can create a platform that suits their specific requirements. They can ‘pick and choose’ the features they feel are necessary.
Adaptability; Features can be changed if circumstances dictate that they should.
Teams in various locations can work together; as an internet connection and web browser are all that is required, developers spread across several locations can work together on the same application build.
Security; security is provided, including data security and backup and recovery.
In summary, a PaaS offering supplies an operating environment for developing applications. In other words,
it provides the architecture as well as the overall infrastructure to support application development.
This includes networking, storage, software support and management services. It is therefore ideal for the development of new applications that are intended for the web as well as mobile devices and PCs.
What is IaaS ?
IaaS, or Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three fundamental service models of cloud computing alongside Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). As with all cloud computing services it provides access to computing resource in a virtualized environment, “the Cloud”, across a public connection, usually the internet. In the case of IaaS the computing resource provided is specifically that of virtualized hardware, in other words, computing infrastructure.
The definition includes such offerings as virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. Physically, the pool of hardware resource is pulled from a multitude of servers and networks usually distributed across numerous data centers, all of which the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining. The client, on the other hand, is given access to the virtualized components in order to build their own IT platforms.
In common with the other two forms of cloud hosting, IaaS can be utilized by enterprise customers to create cost effective and easily scalable IT solutions where the complexities and expenses of managing the underlying hardware are outsourced to the cloud provider. If the scale of a business customer’s operations fluctuates, or they are looking to expand, they can tap into the cloud resource as and when they need it rather than purchase, install and integrate hardware themselves.
The following are salient examples of how IaaS can be utilized by enterprise:
Enterprise infrastructure; by internal business networks, such as private clouds and virtual local area networks, which utilize pooled server and networking resources and in which a business can store their data and run the applications they need to operate day-to-day. Expanding businesses can scale their infrastructure in accordance with their growth whilst private clouds (accessible only by the business itself) can protect the storage and transfer of the sensitive data that some businesses are required to handle.
Cloud hosting; the hosting of websites on virtual servers which are founded upon pooled resources from underlying physical servers. A website hosted in the cloud, for example, can benefit from the redundancy provided by a vast network of physical servers and on demand scalability to deal with unexpected demands placed on the website.
Virtual Data Centers (VDC); a virtualized network of interconnected virtual servers which can be used to offer enhanced cloud hosting capabilities, enterprise IT infrastructure or to integrate all of these operations within either a private or public cloud implementation.
A typical Infrastructure as a Service offering can deliver the following features and benefits:
Scalability; resource is available as and when the client needs it and, therefore, there are no delays in expanding capacity or the wastage of unused capacity
No investment in hardware; the underlying physical hardware that supports an IaaS service is set up and maintained by the cloud provider, saving the time and cost of doing so on the client side
Utility style costing; the service can be accessed on demand and the client only pays for the resource that they actually use
Location independence; the service can usually be accessed from any location as long as there is an internet connection and the security protocol of the cloud allows it
Physical security of data centre locations; services available through a public cloud, or private clouds hosted externally with the cloud provider, benefit from the physical security afforded to the servers which are hosted within a data centre
No single point of failure; if one server or network switch, for example, were to fail, the broader service would be unaffected due to the remaining multitude of hardware resources and redundancy configurations. For many services if one entire data center were to go offline, never mind one server, the IaaS service could still run successfully.
What is Cloud Hosting ?
Cloud Hosting Services, (CHS), provide hosting for websites on virtual servers which pull their computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical web servers. It follows the utility model of computing in that it is available as a service rather than a product and is therefore comparable with traditional utilities such as electricity and gas. Broadly speaking the client can tap into their service as much as they need, depending on the demands of their website, and they will only pay for what they use.
It exists as an alternative to hosting websites on single servers (either dedicated or shared servers) and can be considered as an extension of the concept of clustered hosting where websites are hosted on multiple servers.
With cloud hosting however, the network of servers that are used is vast and often pulled from different data centres in different locations.
Practical examples of cloud hosting can fall under both the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) classifications. Under IaaS offerings the client is simply provided with the virtualized hardware resource on which they can install their own choice of software environment before building their web application. On a PaaS service however, the client is also provided with this software environment, for example, as a solution stack (operating system, database support, web server software, and programming support), on which they can go straight to installing and developing their web application.
Businesses with complex IT infrastructures and experienced IT professionals may wish to opt for the more customizable IaaS model but others may prefer the ease of a PaaS option.
A development of the concept of cloud hosting for enterprise customers is the Virtual Data Centre (VDC).
This employs a virtualized network of servers in the cloud which can be used to host all of a business’s IT operations including its websites.
The more obvious examples of cloud hosting involve the use of public cloud models - that is hosting websites on virtual servers which pull resource from the same pool as other publicly available virtual servers and use the same public networks to transmit the data;
data which is physically stored on the underlying shared servers which form the cloud resource.
These public clouds will include some security measures to ensure that data is kept private and would suffice for most website installations. However, where security and privacy is more of a concern, businesses can turn towards cloud hosting in private clouds as an alternative - that is clouds which use ring-fenced resources (servers, networks etc), whether located on site or with the cloud provider.
A typical cloud hosting offering can deliver the following features and benefits:
Reliability; rather than being hosted on one single instance of a physical server the website is hosted on a virtual partition which draws its resources, such as disk space, from an extensive network of underlying physical servers. If one server goes offline, it dilutes the level of resource available to the cloud a little but will have no effect on the availability of the website whose virtual server will continue to pull resource from the remaining network of servers. Some cloud platforms could even survive an entire data centre going offline as the pooled cloud resource is drawn from multiple data centres in different locations to spread the risk.
Physical Security; the underlying physical servers are still housed within data centers and so benefit from the security measures that those facilities implement to prevent people accessing or disrupting them on-site
Scalability and Flexibility; resource is available in real time on demand and not limited to the physical constraints/capacity of one server. If a client’s site demands extra resource from its hosting platform due to a spike in visitor traffic or the implementation of new functionality, the resource is accessed seamlessly. Even when using a private cloud model the service can often be allowed to ‘burst’ to access resources from the public cloud for non-sensitive processing if there are surges in activity on the site.
Utility style costing; the client only pays for what they actually use. The resource is available for spikes in demand but there is no wasted capacity remaining unused when demand is lower.
Responsive load balancing; load balancing is software based and therefore can be instantly scalable to respond to changing demands
What is XaaS ?
The core idea behind XaaS cloud services is that businesses can cut costs and get specific kinds of personal resources by purchasing services from providers on a subscription basis. Before the emergence of XaaS and cloud services, businesses often had to buy the licensed software products and install them on site. They had to buy hardware and link it together to create expanded networks. They had to do all security work on site, and they had to provide expensive server setups and other infrastructure for all of their business processes.
By contrast, with XaaS, businesses simply buy what they need, and pay for it as they need it.
This allows businesses to drastically change service models over time. Using multi-tenant approaches, cloud services can provide a lot of flexibility. Concepts like resource pooling and rapid elasticity support these services where business leaders can simply add or subtract services as necessary.
XaaS services are typically governed by something called a service level agreement (SLA), where client and vendor work closely together to understand how services will be provided.
So what can be included as XaaS ?
In effect, just about anything a business needs to do business, here are some examples ;
What is +aaS ?
+aaS is a unique offering from Clarity 360. We recognise that in complex, and often ever changing world of work where business specialisms are key to your success, a tailor made service offering with the Cloud is needed in simple, easy to handle, easy to deploy, and using the best bits of the various Cloud services above,
and is mostly found within the need of maximum security environments, such as emergency service,
banking, finance, defense, security, and government.
With high level security clearance, including ;
GPMS, L - TS/RD, Q - S/FRD, DV, SC, PV, DTCT, Y NSG, GCS, Ji Mi, MOFA, Strap, TFFS, OCCAR, ISCAP, FAPSI, DSP, SCT CSIS, HFDS,, -- Clarity 360 provides within this arena with a strong reputation.
So with predictable costs, controlled risk, improved workforce benefit, better delivery to customers, and so much more,
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