More and more Canadian companies are choosing the option of cloud computing to solve the problem of storage and security of computer data deemed crucial. For those who do not know what it is, we will explain it better in this article while presenting you its different services, its role for companies and its mode of operation.

Concrete definition of cloud computing

Cloud computing or cloud computing refers to an infrastructure in which the computing power and storage of computer data are managed remotely by servers which are connected by secure internet links. In other words, it is a computer system which makes it possible to consult data or to operate applications hosted on remote servers, using a PC, mobile phone or tablet. The goal is to outsource computer data.

Cloud computing services

It is important to distinguish between the different types of cloud services:

  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service): the operating system and applications are installed on servers to which it is possible to connect at any time to work as if it is a regular computer.
  • PaaS (Platform as a Service): This type of service leaves the cloud service provider free to administer the operating system and its tools. It is up to the customer to install their own applications according to their needs.
  • SaaS (Software as a Service): In this system, applications are provided fully functional. That is, in the form of key services. Users just need to log in via corresponding software or via an Internet browser. This type of service exists and is similar to electronic messaging such as Gmail, Yahoo or office suites such as Office 365 or Google Apps.

Cloud computing: what is its role?

In the age of 5G and big data, cloud computing offers huge benefits to businesses. Especially with the SaaS service. It makes it easy to relocate their hardware, data and applications to outsourced servers. Indeed, by using cloud computing, they save space in their premises (no need to store servers) and time (architecture and data storage are taken care of by the supplier).

Cloud computing is a suitable solution for companies and official organizations that have large amounts of data to protect and whose access is limited. Concretely, it manifests itself in digital data storage and sharing services accessible anywhere in the world like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive or Apple iCloud. Its particularity is that it has an extraordinary flexibility of storage and computing power that adapts to the needs of users. It allows the improvement of collaborative work by teleworking or on site and the rapid synchronization of data.

How does cloud computing work?

To benefit from the opportunities offered by cloud computing, it is up to you to subscribe to an outsourcing contract for your IT architecture with a provider of cloud computing solutions. Once this is done, your company’s data will be sent to remote servers in a storage center. Now to have access via your PC or smartphone, authentication will be required while connecting to the Internet.

Multiple security features prevent a sudden interruption of service that could lead to data loss. It’s important to know that moving your data to the cloud requires working with IT professionals. They will be better able to safely do this task so that you can fully focus on your business priorities.

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