What is the “Cloud?”
In simple terms “Cloud” is a metaphor for the Internet and the Internet is a worldwide collection of computer networks, attached to which are lots of servers all “serving” different things, some serve email, some serve web pages, some serve databases etc. If your business has a web site then you are already using the “Cloud”
You may well have decided that instead of buying Microsoft Office for a few hundred pounds that you would rather pay for it on a monthly basis. This would more than likely mean that you have an Office 365 subscription which provides you with the latest Office software. This is another example of a “Cloud” service
Trunk Networks has a redundant, private Cloud platform that spans multiple data centres. We can deliver your business Cloud solutions on our platform, or on one of the larger “public” cloud infrastructures such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure.
What sort of Cloud Solutions?
Cloud solutions have grown because the network has grown. Your business Internet is (or should be – if it isn’t please come and talk to us) faster than its ever been, more stable than its ever been, and more redundant than its ever been. A fast and stable internet connection means that your business can take advantage of Cloud based solutions. As a Cloud Service provider we are experienced in the provision of Hosted Desktops and this is one example of a Cloud Solution, or, we could, for example, take the server (or servers) that sit in your office(s) and move these services to our Cloud platform. We would do this by extending your local network in your office to our network, over the internet, seamlessly, We would more than likely virtualise your server(s).
Why would we do this?
Businesses have different reasons for moving to the Cloud. In many instances its a cost saving, others are fed up with having hardware in their office(s), some are concerned that they have insufficient physical security, cooling, power in their office(s), some have geographically dispersed branch offices and want to give employees access to centralised data in a secure environment.
In our opinion one of the great advantages of looking at moving servers from the office to the Cloud would be the fact that your business would never need to buy a physical server(s) again. You would not need to engage a support company to look after your server(s). You would not need to buy any software for your server(s). You would not need to back your server(s) up. If you bought one server for £10000 (inc software and install) every 5 years and paid on average £350 per month for support plus an additional £150 per month for off site backup your expenditure over 5 years would be £10000 for the server + £21000 for support + £9,000 for backup = £40,000/60 = £666 per month. Even on those basic numbers we would love to speak to you about how we could help you save money by moving to the Cloud.