I will give you a little bit of insight into the Cloud.

The Cloud is just a rather nebulous term (pun intended) used to cover computing power and data processing, on networks outside of your personal home or office space.

cloud collabrationThe Cloud lives in Data Centres that have been built in many cities around the world. It is a centralised form of computing. Those Data Centres provide computing resources for any business or organisation that wants to offload the cost and logistics of building and operating the infrastructure necessary to meet their computing needs. This allows those customers to concentrate on running their businesses and organisations, instead of worrying about provisioning, installing and maintaining computer servers, network switches, routers, firewalls, uninterruptible power supplies, air conditioning systems, buildings, and so forth.

This also changes the way IT services are paid for. Instead of having the Capital Expenditure (Cap Ex) of all this hardware on the Balance Sheet, the costs are defrayed over time, just as simple Operating Expenditure (OpEx) just like electricity, gas, telephone and rates. In many of these Data Centres, the customer only pays for what they use. It is a much more efficient use of resources. The Data Centre operator employs the Technicians and Engineers they need to install the systems and keep them operating. The customer has access to the resources they need, via Private Networks or Virtual Private Networks. So it doesn’t make a lot of difference, that the infrastructure isn’t located in their own building.

cloud device sharingMost Content Delivery Networks use replication between data centres, to reduce bandwidth and improve redundancy. Much of the Data resulting from many types of Medical and Scientific Research is held in shared Cloud-based Data Centres, because they provide large amounts of computing power and are accessible to the relevant communities. I think, that you might not yet realise, that you are already using the Cloud. When you install Windows Updates every month, have you ever thought to ask yourself where do they come from? Well, Microsoft is one of the largest operators of Data Centres, and they have built a Cloud infrastructure that they allow subscribers everywhere to use, but their Services could have just as easily come from a Data Centre owned by a third party.

Google has built and operates, shipping container Data Centres in many sites, so when you do your Google searching, or use the features of Google’s many products, your computer or phone or tablet is actually getting its responses from a Google Cloud Server. Even your own email and your website, for your self or your business, are not run from a Server in your back room, but usually on a Server in a Data Centre somewhere remote, in the Cloud.

When you download the Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee, TrendMicro, AVG that you are currently using, and all of its definitions, you are dragging them in from a Data Centre somewhere in the Cloud. The Services that Aspire Computing provides to our customers, leverages upon Cloud Computing Services.