“The cloud” refers to servers that are accessed over the Internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers. Cloud servers are located in data centers all over the world. By using cloud computing, companies do not have to manage physical servers or run software applications on their machines.
The cloud enables users to access the same files and applications from almost any device. The computing and storage take place on servers in a data center, instead of locally on the user’s device. This is why a user can log in to their Instagram account on any phone or computer and find their account with all their photos, videos, and conversation history. It works the same way with cloud email providers like Gmail or Microsoft Office 365, and with cloud storage providers like Dropbox or Google Drive.
For businesses, switching to cloud computing removes some IT costs and overhead: for instance, they no longer need to update and maintain physical servers. The cloud vendor they are using will do that. This especially makes an impact on small businesses that may not have been able to afford internal infrastructure. They can now outsource their infrastructure needs affordably to the cloud.
TAB offers many technologies that are cloud-based to effectively improve our client’s operations.
PatrolDOG Web-Defense is a DNS filter that operates in the cloud to filter dangerous websites that your employees may be tricked into going to. It can also improve your Internet bandwidth performance by not having the on-premise firewall perform this function.
PatrolDOG Mail-Defense is an email filter that keeps dangerous emails from getting to users’ mailboxes by blocking them in the cloud. It also acts as a disaster recovery solution that allows users to send & receive email even if the on-premise server is down.
PatrolDOG MDR is an active monitoring, detecting, and responding cloud-based security tool that secures your servers and PCs. It also improves your NIST, PCI, and HIPPA compliance requirements.
PatrolDOG D2C is a direct-to-cloud backup solution that backs up your system without additional hardware—securely backing up data from a remote location, the office, or a hybrid setup.
HandsFree Backup is a cloud-based backup service that backs up your critical system every hour with a secure encrypted image to the cloud that can be rapidly deployed on-premise or in the cloud should you have an IT disaster.
Microsoft 356 is a cloud-based email, storage, and application service that can eliminate the need for an on-premise exchange server. Your business may benefit from this approach to email.
DUO 2FA/Multi-factor Authentication is a cloud-based service that confirms who you say you are by communicating your request to access a company resource using a secondary login authentication, typically through an app on your smartphone.
A hybrid cloud is somewhat like a hybrid car. Hybrid cars combine two distinct technologies: an engine that burns gasoline and electric power. Each technology functions differently, and each one has its benefits and drawbacks. However, when the two are combined effectively, the result is a more efficient car than most gasoline-only cars and more powerful than most all-electric cars. Similarly, a hybrid cloud solution combines the benefits of multiple cloud environments for greater efficiency and functionality.
Hybrid clouds have several uses. An organization may use its private Cloud for select proprietary services and its public Cloud for standard services. They could also use their public Cloud as a backup for their private Cloud. The public Cloud can also handle periods of high demand while keeping most operations within its private Cloud.
How can your company’s operations benefit from using the Cloud? Contact TAB today and see how nearly 40 years of IT experience can help your business succeed in today’s complicated IT environments. Schedule a free consultation.