What is Public Cloud?
If your business uses publicly available services such as Office 365, Amazon Web Services or G Suite then you are already using public cloud services. These third party providers offer ‘out-of-the-box’ cloud services to a wide audience with competitive pricing based on your business requirements. They’re easy to set up and scalable (up and down).
Is Public Cloud right for you?
A public cloud solution is best suited for organisations with simple IT needs such as email and file storage.
- Ultimate scalability
- Location independent
- Less control over data security
Below are 5 key Software-as-a-Service or Public Cloud solutions, SaaS doesn’t require loading software from a CD and you can just add or remove users as required. What’s more you will always have the most up to date and secure release.
Office 365 is a public cloud solution, which provides all of your favourite Office applications, Outlook to manage your email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and more. There’s also 1TB of cloud storage included, for each user! You can install Office 365 applications on PCs, Macs, iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones and tablets. If you’re not at your device you can still access your Office 365 account, anywhere there’s an internet connection and a web browser.
Not to be confused with Office 365. Microsoft 365 is an all encompassing package that includes Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise Mobility+Security as well as Office 365. SMEs looking to adopt Office 365 would typically also need to get a separate Windows 10 Pro license, as well as a security service – however, with Microsoft 365 this is all integrated.
Azure is Microsoft’s attempt at jumping into the cloud infrastructure industry. Coming from the providers of one of the worlds most used operating systems, it can seamlessly integrate into almost all business environments, offering several advantages over on site equipment; like redundancy and security. Azure offer dozens of services to take advantage of, such as Azure Active Directory and cloud virtual environments. All of this can be done from an innovative and frustration free web portal, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection!
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a pioneer in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). It was one of the first mainstream cloud infrastructure services
and remained without competition for several years. It offers dozens of services, from EC2 Instances to full fledged cloud IDEs. AWS offers an extraordinary amount of products that can lead your business to become a forerunner in modern cloud technology.
G Suite by Google Cloud
G Suite is a cloud-based and highly accessible software package including both Google Docs and cloud storage. The suite is highly accessible from almost any device with a web browser; making deployment to remote workers particularly cost-effective. Collaboration tools within G Suite are excellent and there is a high degree of security. It is available in four versions:
- Basic: all you need for office productivity, either individually or in a small office.
- Business: extra cloud storage, powerful “cloud” search across all the G Suite services and the ability to set data archiving and retention policies.
- Enterprise: additional security measures, including extensive email security monitoring, digital signatures and strong encryption for email traffic between organisations. It is an excellent starting point for a fully GDPR-compliant organisation.
- G Suite Teams is an add-on suite for organisations that don’t need Google’s email or calendaring, preferring to use their existing systems.
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