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What is cloud computing?

Put simply, cloud computing provides all the technology your business needs (such as servers, storage and applications), bur rather than being stored in physical servers on premises, all data is stored off-site in a highly secure data centre, also referred to as “the cloud”. All you need to access your data is an internet connection.

Types of Cloud Solution

  • Software as a service – also known as cloud applications, this model offers internet applications offered by 3rd party providers. Because these applications are provided over the internet, there’s no need to manually install, manage and update software.

  • Platform as a service – offers a framework for developers to build upon and create customised applications. All servers, storage, and networking is managed by the enterprise or a third-party provider while the developers can maintain management of the applications.

  • Infrastructure as a service – the most flexible of cloud computing models, IaaS offers the full IT infrastructure inlcuding servers, network, storage and operating systems. Users have full control of their infrastructure and still have access to their data centre, it’s just managed and outsourced through a virtual data centre in the cloud instead.

Why should I choose a cloud solution?

There are many benefits of adopting a cloud solution, such as:

Cost savings

Storing information in the data reduces the need for physical server hardware and the support costs it incurs, also, for most cloud services, you only pay for what you use.

Scalability

Cloud solutions can be scaled up quickly and easily, growing as your business grows. This also means you only pay for what you use, with a variety of payment plans available depending on the solution.

Access to the latest technology

Frequent updates to servers, computing power and software allows you to stay-up-to-date with the latest technology.

Secure backup and disaster recovery

In the event of a fire, your on premises server would be at risk. Storing data in the cloud keeps it protected in the case of a disaster on premises.

Environmentally friendly

A reduction in large physical servers means a reduction energy consumption from cooling systems.

Access files anywhere

You don’t have to be in the office to work. The cloud supports flexible work forces, remote work forces and hot desking.

Microsoft Azure

Holding its position as one of the top public cloud platforms, Microsoft Azure offers smart and scalable cloud solutions for all types and sizes of business. Organisations can outsource a number of computing services off-site to Azure’s secure servers, saving them money and allowing for greater flexibility.

Azure can provide the following functionality:

  • Virtual machine hosting
  • Application development
  • Backup & disaster recovery
  • Data storage
  • Database management
  • Virtual network

AWS (Amazon Web Services)

AWS is a fully scalable and customisable cloud solution, providing IaaS, PaaS and SaaS functionality. It offers everything from computer power to content delivery services and can be completely shaped to your business. 

AWS comprises more than 100 services that can be configured based on what you want to achieve. These services include:

  • Networking
  • Security
  • Analytics
  • Data management

Migrating to the cloud

Migrating from a traditional on premise set-up to a cloud solution can seem daunting, but our team are on hand to guide you through the process. Solutions can be tailored to any type of business regardless of size – there is a solution for every budget. Like any service we offer, we will conduct a thorough analysis of your current situation, user count and infrastructure before putting forward a bespoke cloud solution for you.

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Hopwells

Hopwells is a frozen food wholesaler servicing all spheres of the food service market, with depots in 6 locations throughout the UK.

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