Cloud Solutions

What is Cloud Computing?

“Cloud Computing” is a sustainable, long-term IT paradigm and the successor to previous mainframe, client/server and network computing eras. Cloud infrastructures have the potential for economic and functional benefits that will drive the transformation from traditional software and hardware into IT subscription services and pay-per-use models.
An enterprise might subscribe to a public cloud or a private cloud. They might move applications to the cloud or build their own cloud. Whatever the strategy, tailored service level agreements, single or multi-tenancy, scalability and security are tailored to meet the needs of the organization.

 

Business Benefits

  • Turn Capex Into Opex
  • Faster Business Innovation
  • Risk Sharing with Vendors
  • Increase Productivities

Enterprise IT Benefits

  • Elastic Scalability
  • Pay-As-You Go Efficiency
  • Data Access Anytime, Anywhere
  • Predictable Cost Structure
  • Operational Efficiency

Private Cloud

If an enterprise needs to be the only subscriber based on security or regulation requirements, a private cloud would meet their needs. Then the decision is where the private cloud is to be located, internal or at a cloud-provider? At the cloud-provider will give the most flexibility concerning scalability up and down the environment. The enterprise would let the cloud provider provide the entire infrastructure as a service and the enterprise would focus on the applications.

Public Cloud

On the other hand, the enterprise may decide to move to a public cloud where the cloud is shared with other subscribers. Like the private cloud, the public would give the enterprise the flexibility to ramp up very quickly and scale back just as easily when demand is low. The cloud provider manages all infrastructure and equipment while the enterprise would pay only for the resources required. The cloud is shared with other subscribers but the applications, web services and data of an enterprise are isolated and secure.

Benefits of the Cloud

There are many types of clouds such as storage clouds, database clouds, testing clouds and platform clouds. There is also the option for hybrid clouds that offer a mix of external and internal (i.e., private) clouds with the capability to move between the two. Regardless of the type of cloud, the benefits include:

 

Cost

Capital expenditures converted to operational expenditure

 

Agility

Ability to rapidly and inexpensively re-provision technological infrastructure

 

Device and Location Independence

Web browser access regardless of location or what device

 

Multi-tenancy

Enables sharing of resources and costs across a large pool of users

 

Reliability

Well-designed cloud computing is suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery

 

Scalability

On-Demand Resources

 

Maintenance

Applications are easier to maintain, everyone gets the updates at the same time

Steps for moving to the cloud involve virtualizing application-based silos of servers, storage and network and moving to the cloud infrastructure of your choice, at the location of your choice. Some organizations venture further into the cloud computing paradigm and provision their own internal cloud to customers. But, how do you choose the right application to start with? How do you build in scalability? What security do you add and where? FCSI can help you answer these important questions with our three-step process of Define, Identify, and Execute.

FCSI's team of professionals can provide your company the extra edge with streamlined process, dependable delivery and subject matter experts to meet your services needs including: solution architecture, business analysis, project management and more. Engagements can be limited to project discovery and scope, or expand as requested, up to full implementation with documentation and training.

Contact Us Today

FCSI's team of experts will work with you to understand your unique data security requirements, priorities, and share insight into our industry best practices. Contact FCSI to get started at info@fcsinet.com or call 1-800-898-FCSI (3274).


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