There are many businesses that believe that their IT departments are too financially costly and too overbearing or incompetent when it comes to helping out the rest of the personnel in their businesses. It is possible there are other problems with their IT departments as well, such as lack of redundancy, ineffective hardware, and more.
For these reasons, the businesses may think of moving to the cloud.
The cloud is an auspicious name that many people seem to not understand when it comes to people outside of the technology or information technology worlds. The cloud consists of several things that are all Internet based. Companies that offer cloud offer specific services to companies that better serve the companies.
The cloud is considered to be part of the general world of the Internet. The cloud is a platform in a sense. It is a place that offers many possibilities for companies. These possibilities include the use of software that is no longer needed to be loaded onto company computers; structure and security for companies; and IT service.
The software that is used on the cloud can range from different categories of software but it reduces the need for software on the computers that are in the physical location of the company. These software tools are types that can be used over the course of the day, week, or year, depending on the software.
The cloud also offers structure and security for companies. With the cloud, it is possible to keep a database that in the past would be used to store data on the Intranet of the company (the internal system in the computers). The database on the cloud may have many of the same functions as a database in the Intranet of a company. But it is virtual.
The cloud handles those two categories by providing a system that users can log into, through the Internet. The users can then access the database or the software that is needed remotely, while not having to be in the office, which is a big help for companies that employ workers in a physical location.
The virtual component of the cloud allows it to be accessed by employees of the company across the globe, assuming they have the passwords needed to access the company’s cloud. The cloud is essentially a virtual server. It allows for redundancy, which is backing up a file or database online in case it fails and more.
The virtual server can be replicated so that it services numerous companies, which is possibly one of the reasons why a cloud based company can make a great deal of money. By inventing the software and running the virtual service, they can provide low cost services to companies (as many as thousands of millions) without producing physical products.
Some cloud based companies offer security to rival that of the security that can be gained through having a qualified information technology department in a company. That security can be through numerous aspects, including authentication with log ins, redundancy in case of an attack on the system, and defenses from a potential attack.
Cloud services can also phase out information technology departments, which are often used for routine maintenance. IT departments in companies are often used to help out with technology related issues that the company’s workforce faces over the course of the day. They are used to trouble shoot computers, among other situations.
Cloud services often offer virtual IT support, meaning their support (which comes for their software and general system on the cloud) can come at a lower cost or as part of a package deal that phases out the standard IT department within a company.
There is a particular cloud option called Meraki that may be helpful for some clients. Some statistics are in the following section.
- Cisco Meraki has 2 million devices connected around the world.
- At the end of 2016, Meraki had an installed base of 160,000 customers.
The Meraki reseller has options available to him or her. The Meraki reseller can resell Meraki cloud based services. The Meraki reseller can also offer the services provided by Meraki. The Meraki reseller has knowledge, generally speaking, of Meraki. Some terms associated with them are Meraki specialists, Meraki support, Meraki experts, and more.
Another is Meraki equipment.