What are the benefits of cloud computing?

Senior Support Analyst

Fav thing about the office

The relaxed, casual, welcoming yet professional environment.

As a child I wanted to be a ... when I grew up

As a child I wanted to be many things, Doctor, Fireman, Police Man etc. I fell into IT when I was unemployed knowing nothing about it, but found I enjoyed it. IT has since been a 24 year, paid, hobby.

Guilty Pleasure(s)

Shutting the door and turning the music up loud when no-one is at home.

Favourite Holiday

The holiday I have not yet had. My upcoming 25th Wedding Anniversary Party in Ibiza.

Describe yourself in three words or less

Unique, Colourful, Professional.

An interesting fact about me

I am a fully qualified Level 2 Football coach and have coached local teams from the ages of 7 - 18.

Likes

Polish Vodka, Mediterranean foods, Sci-Fi series and movies

Favourite Band

I do not have a favourite band but my preferred music type is Hardcore Dance.

Karaoke Jam

If I did Karaoke it would be torture. I would not want to torture anyone, well almost anyone.

If I had a superpower it would be...

A Genie’s abilities (but not constraints), as this would grant me what I would require in any given situation.

What I do at Q2Q:

The best way to describe what I do is: I provide day-to-day support tasks ranging from the basic to the more complex installations of infrastructure systems.

For example, I could be installing Flash player for one customer, before moving on to implement a new server system (splitting one overloaded server into several separate fully functional virtual servers), with server replication and backup. I also liaise with 3rd party companies in the resolution of issues relating to their products, whether printers or bespoke software applications.

Background and Achievements

I have worked in Retail, made Vertical and Venetian blinds, been an Admin Assistant, before finding I had an understanding of I.T. and enjoying the work that came with that understanding. My I.T. career has led me to work in many different I.T. environments, ranging from schools, to small I.T. support firms, to British Aerospace with CPC, and ultimately Q2Q. Each have had their merits, but I feel that Q2Q is the right company for me, and their aspirations equal my own.

Hobbies and Interests

Online PC games, Star Wars The Old Republic, World of Warcraft, War Thunder Land and Air Battles, World of Tanks and World of Warships. Watching movies, mainly Sci-Fi and Japanese Anime. Taking Rio (my dog) for a walk. Listening to music, and enjoying the odd glass of Vodka.

There’s so much in the news about what can go wrong when cyber-security isn’t made a priority, so it’s never been more important for SMEs to choose a safe computing system for processing and storing their data.

Whilst complex hardware with endless security add-ons may have been the only option for keeping sensitive information secure at one time, there are so many more options on the market these days – and cloud computing is one of the best.

So whether you’re already a convert, or are still confused by the concept of data files hovering in the ether, here are just some of the silver linings to cloud computing:

·       Scalability

Unlike physical infrastructure, cloud systems can be scaled up or down depending on the size of your business. This means you won’t need to worry about any disruptive transfers if you run out of space – you can simply upgrade!

·       Affordability

Rather than having one hefty pay-out for expensive hardware, you rent cloud storage – usually on a monthly basis – making it a much more cost-effective option for small businesses. Plus, less hardware equates to the need for less physical space and power, saving you even more money.

·       Flexibility and mobility

The wireless revolution has already liberated us from being tethered to our desks – we can now make anywhere with a WiFi connection into an office. But cloud computing makes remote working even easier as files can be accessed from anywhere – removing the need for external storage devices and confusing duplicate documents!

·       Collaboration

Even within tiny businesses, keeping track of everything that’s going on can be tricky, especially when two or more people are working on the same project. But cloud computing’s file sharing capabilities make collaboration so much easier – files are automatically synchronised over the internet, so you won’t ever need to worry about working on an out-of-date document!

·       Security

Data security is currently – quite rightly – one of the biggest concerns for businesses. Although the cloud has not always been viewed as the safest computing option, vast improvements have been made over the years and robust encryption processes and security certificates are continually being developed. Thanks to these enhancements, some of the world’s largest corporations are trusting the cloud over more traditional hardware to keep their sensitive information secure. If it’s good enough for them, it’s probably worth a look!

Did you know we offer managed cloud services? If you enlist our help, not only will you benefit from the features listed above, but we’ll take care of all the set-up, transfers and management for you! Why not give us a call to find out more?

What are the benefits of cloud computing?