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Cloud services are the best answer to many IT problems. They get you flexible, scalable, professionally managed processing and storage power. They save you the complications of managing your own data center. If there's a problem, it's that there are so many options to choose from. Genisys Group can help you make the right choices for your business. Read more about 2019 trends in cloud computing.

Many ways to use the cloud

"The Cloud" isn't just one thing. You can choose from different levels of service. With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), you have full control over virtual machines, just as if you had your own server. The difference is that you can clone as many as you need when demand is high and throw the extra ones away when they're no longer needed. Platform as a Service (PaaS) gives you an intermediate level of abstraction, letting you run your own applications on a cloud-maintained platform. With Software as a Service (SaaS), the provider sets up the application environment for you to use without worrying about maintenance.

You can choose a public, private, or hybrid cloud. Public cloud services are the most economical, with computing power and storage made available as you need it. A private cloud can run either on your own machines or on dedicated machines belonging to the provider. Either way, you get more consistent performance and a higher level of security. You can mix the two options in a hybrid cloud.

Cloud services include applications, databases, bulk storage, backup, and analytics. You can use some or all of them, keeping other parts in on-premises systems. It isn't necessary to move everything at once. Whatever combination of options is right for you, Genisys Group's cloud experts will help you to set up services that meet your business's requirements.

The benefits

You gain multiple benefits from cloud services.

  • Scalability: When you need more capacity for a short time, the cloud services will expand to meet the need. You pay just for what you need, while you need it.

  • Professional management: Cloud servers reside in safe buildings with round-the-clock attention. Redundant Internet connections and self-contained power supplies make outages rare. Software keeps up with the latest versions.

  • Security: The best cloud data centers have excellent physical security, with only authorized people being allowed in the building. Software and data protection benefit from economies of scale. Regular security patches eliminate known vulnerabilities, and network monitoring gives early warnings of any threats.

  • Data safety: Cloud services are distributed over multiple locations and frequently backed up. Your data and services are protected against disasters.

  • Flexibility: Cloud services are available to any authorized users with an Internet connection. Employees can access systems from home or in the field. They have more flexibility, and they can deal with urgent situations more quickly. If you prefer, you can allow access to some accounts only from your offices.

  • Elimination of maintenance headaches: You don't get hit with unexpected costs if a machine fails. Upgrading doesn't require buying new hardware. The need to wire up servers and routers and find space for them is reduced.

Check out our new blog post: Top 10 Benefits of Cloud Computing in 2019

To gain these benefits, you need to choose a reliable service provider. Anyone can put "cloud" in their name, but the best providers consistently deliver quality service. We partner with only the most reliable companies to make sure you get the best services.

Check out the comparison of cloud vs in-house servers to make a more educated choice.

Planning your cloud strategy

With the right cloud strategy, you can accomplish things that never seemed possible before. You can store large quantities of unstructured, rarely used data economically. You can set up failover systems to provide continuity for your primary servers. You can work with powerful, well-tested SaaS applications or develop your own.

Whatever your business needs are, Genisys Group will help you in laying out your strategy for the cloud and making it work.

Resources

  • Pentagon signs $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract with Microsoft.

    On Friday, October 25, the US Department of Defense announced that Microsoft had won the Pentagon’s large cloud computing contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. Under the terms of this agreement, the Pentagon is intended to invest $10 billion in the development of cloud infrastructure and the launch of various services, including IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) solutions that will help the agency to analyze and process large amounts of confidential military data.

  • Most data center managers rely on outdated security practices, according to Data Center Knowledge

    An increasingly growing number of news messages reporting widely discussed computer network hacks and massive credential leaks highlight the problems associated with using passwords for security. Users either choose simple easy-to-guess passwords or tend to use the same password every time there is a need to come up with something more complex. And it’s easy to see why: nobody wants to stuff their memory with long sophisticated passwords.

  • SAP and Microsoft expand their cloud collaboration

    On Monday October 21, SAP and Microsoft announced a new collaboration that is aligned with their mutual goal to facilitate the process of driving enterprise customers’ operations to the cloud. Through the partnership dubbed Project Embrace, the companies intend to accelerate and simplify customer adoption of SAP S/ 4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft will sell components of SAP Cloud Platform alongside Azure.

  • Hitachi Vantara VSP 5500: the world’s fastest data storage

    Hitachi Vantara, an enterprise storage array business, has announced the addition of the VSP 5000 series to its premium storage line-up. The company claims this launch to be the world’s fastest solution of its kind. Currently, the series includes two models: the VSP 5100 and the more capacious VSP 5500.

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