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The Cloud...a short introduction
Transcript of The Cloud...a short introduction
Have you ever heard someone talk about '
' and wondered what it meant?
Cloud computing lets you keep information on a
via the internet (the cloud), instead of trapped in a computer.
Traditionally, organisations have stored their data on local servers, which require maintenance, power and physical space to store them on premises. Data stored on local servers may not be accessible via the internet.
...a short introduction
Using remote servers means you can access your data from
wherever you have an internet connection
For example, from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC.
Even if you don't have a smartphone you may have used an online
provider like Yahoo, Hotmail or Google - if so, then you have used the cloud already.
If you take a photo on your smartphone, it is stored on your phone's internal memory drive. However, if you
the photo to a site like Facebook or Instagram, you are uploading it to the cloud.
So, you understand the basics of cloud computing, but what does it really mean for you and how will it
As cloud computing involves storing business data online, there are some risks.
The biggest benefit is that you will be able to access data from anywhere with an internet connection - this will mean greater
, particularly for mobile and remote workers.
The cloud also makes it easier to work
. Files can be stored on a shared team area in the cloud, meaning multiple users can access them online, even from external organisations, and work on the same document at the same time.
One of the issues affecting Local Government organisations is that
cannot be stored in the cloud. This includes emails and files which have the 'Restricted' status.
If you need access to restricted data you'll need an
mailbox that will be stored on local servers as well as your cloud mailbox.
SCC is using
Microsoft Office 365
as the provider of cloud services. Users will be switched over to the cloud version of Outlook during 2014. More features of Office 365 will be available later.
Keep an eye on the
for more news...
Although the idea is relatively new, it's not too hard to understand. In fact, you've probably used the cloud many times without knowing it.
You will be contacted before the switchover to check your requirements e.g. access to restricted data.