The term "cloud" began when network engineers would draw a diagram of the network and anything outside the network was given a cloud symbol. The cloud can be internal to your company or an external site. Cloud computing is a general term and can be anything from storage of data at a remote location to delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network.
Cloud computing presents a different paradigm for the storage, use and delivery of computer resources. Unlike traditional desktop computing, data is not stored or used with purchased software products installed on a local computer, but rather through a service kept in the cloud that is accessed and billed as needed. The data is stored remotely on third party servers accessed via the Internet, as opposed to a private computer or network. The cloud may be reached through traditional computers and mobile devices, such as cell phones and tablets.
Storage costs tend to be lower within the cloud, as large upfront capital expenditures for computing infrastructure and software are reduced to routine operating costs as the specific services are used. In addition, data in the cloud may be accessed regardless of the user's location or device. Cloud computing solutions are also readily scalable as a company's needs change.
West Coast Technology has the experience to be able to deliver services from cloud backup, desktop delivery to any device to software application delivery. We practice what we preach in our own use of these technologies and can deliver an exceptional user experience.
West Coast Technology's certified staff can help guide you through the maze of cloud offerings, reducing costs and increasing business continuity.