The term Cloud Computing is often misinterpreted and its true meaning and importance lost. At Commensus, we're here to make cloud computing simple and easy - the way it should be - to enable your business to enjoy the outstanding benefits which its implementation presents. Let's first begin by exploring what Cloud Computing is, in order to understand how it can improve your business.
What is Cloud Computing?
A 'Cloud' is a virtual space, within which limitless information and data can be stored and used within an application environment. Apps can run from the cloud and data is stored in a secure data centre accessed remotely through the Internet. All data is aggregated into a 'resource pool', which can be accessed and shared over the Internet, acting as your single, reliable and secure source of information and storage. The resource pool is fully secure and is private to each customer. No data is stored locally or on a user’s machine where it is susceptible to loss, damage or corruption. Having your data in one resource pool or virtual instance removes the burdens of infrastructure and increases agility, flexibility and interoperability.
How does it work?
Through the development of our cutting edge Virtual Infrastructure Platform (our Secure Private Cloud) we are able to offer hosting services, data storage, application hosting and connectivity services. This platform can take all the applications, data and operating systems which are on your physical server, and relocate it all to a virtual host which lives on our platform. The virtual server is stored in one of our Tier 3+ data centres across Europe. We provide several options to enable you to keep your data where you want it - London only, Europe excluding London or replicated across multiple facilities. The servers are geographically replicated or mirrored, to another site using VMware technology. You then get access to our Hybrid Management console that helps you to manage your Cloud on the go.
What does this mean for my business?
Put simply, all of your information can be placed onto our platform and can be accessed directly over the Internet. Instead of storing all important company data on a physical server which may crash or be left open to security breaches, you'll be able to securely access all of your information without having to worry about uptime, power and the security of your data. This will reduce unpredictable capital expenditure caused by equipment needing regular replacement together with removing the costs of maintenance, storage and cooling etc. By moving to a cloud hosting solution, you will be able to predict the cost of IT infrastructure and therefore enable your business to sustain a steady, fixed operational monthly cost.
How secure is it?
All of the information which you place into the Cloud is replicated with your virtual data centre. This is known as 'hardware resiliency', meaning that if one server, virtual machine or SAN were to crash, you'll still have all of your data safely stored and protected as another server, virtual machine or SAN will automatically be provisioned. Unlike physical servers, our dedicated virtual servers can also be replicated to another data centre giving full resiliency at both hardware and data centre levels. This results in minimal downtime and enables us to predict the life of a server. To date we have enjoyed 100% uptime across our platform and offer an impressive 99.999% uptime SLA.
How do I use it?
All customers are able to purchase 'slices' of virtual space. One slice equates to 2.4GHz Processor, 1GB of RAM and 50GB of SAN Storage. You are able to purchase as many or as few slices as you desire, and can scale up or down at any time dependent on your requirements. You'll have the advantage of being able to access your information wherever you are, whenever you like, as it is all conveniently stored virtually in one of our secure Tier 3+ data facilities.
Reducing the cost of your business' capital expenditure, as well as potential downtime which may prove crucial to your company's performance, Cloud Computing services are an intelligent and cost-effective IT solution for all businesses. Whether you are looking for a managed or unmanaged solution, Commensus provide unrivalled support and monitoring of your virtual servers 24/7/365. For further information on any of our products, feel free to get in touch with our knowledgeable and experienced team.