Private Cloud Computing

Contrary to popular belief - Cloud computing doesn’t necessarily mean ‘in the cloud’ as the name might suggest. Cloud computing means 2 very diferent things:

  1. Having computers in specialised building around the world that process and store data.

  2. Technologies that transform traditional server and infrastructure technology into a utility much like water, electricity and natural gas. A utility that scales up and down according to demand.

Cloud computing technologies are just as useful online as they are on-site. They can facilitate building a local infrastructure that scales on demand - ensuring efficient use of resources. More importantly - they allows for an insfrastructure that is built on smaller and more affordable modules instead of large and expensive servers that end up doing nothing most of the time.

Instead of paying for powerful hardware and expensive software licenses - private cloud technology allows for an infrastructure that is expanded one module at a time. Imagine having an IT infrastructure that is built on a fleet of affordable and low-powered Raspberry Pi, LattePanda or Intel NUC units - that turn on when needed and power down automatically when demands scale down. Small and medium sized businesses can start with a couple of units and add more if or when the need arises - such as an expansion of the workforce or a change in local software solutions. Large businesses can instead start replacing their traditional infrastructures today and save considerable amounts of money and resources.

In a traditional setup companies might have a single Windows server - or two if they had the foresight to allow for redundancy or a backup. Said server would require a lump sump investment - as well as a pool of client access licenses and the like. A simple single server solution - with software and licenses would creep up to 5000 dollars or more - even for a small team. Spending the same amount of money on a fleet of smaller units such as those mentioned above on the other hand would bring with it a CPU core count and RAM total unavailable in a single unit of the same price, not even close. If that weren’t enough - the infrastructure’s failover and load balancing capabilities would exceed any traditional server setup.

Such is the power of private cloud technology with ZoneStruct.

Cloud computing doesn’t mean it’s limited to a specific set of software applications either - as the term includes a wide range of technologies. Anything that can be run on a traditional server can be run on a cloud computing platform just the same. User-, file- and directory managment, email, calendaring, telephone services - even Office, AutoCAD, PhotoShop or any other software your business may need.

It doesn’t have to be a uniform hardware configuration either as different CPU architectures may be better suited for different tasks or simply run more efficiently than others. Run core network services on ARM with Raspberry Pi’s or other ARM boards, while having business software run on LattePanda’s, Udoo’s, Up Boards or NUC’s. It’s all quite flexible and easily managed.

It’s also possible to have parts of your companies cloud secured privately and on-site, while having other parts available online as part of your so-called public cloud. This is referred to as hybrid-cloud and it’s something we excel at to the point of basing our name on it. Read more about our hybrid cloud services.

Going cloud is simply the right thing to do - for the compnay budget and for the environment. It doesn’t have to be online - cloud computing encompasses ideas, methods and technologies, not locations.

Get in touch and we’ll happily discuss all the options.

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