'IT Solutions are just different ways computers can work for your business'
“Solutions” is a word that’s thrown around a lot nowadays.
By “IT Solution”, though we just mean the way you use your computers and IT, what you use them for and how they work.
There are many different types of IT solution, from standard computer/server network to visualisation, cloud computing, remote working, multiple business premises.
The different types of IT solutions have different advantages and disadvantages and different costs. Some of the benefits that different solutions can provide are cloud hosted internal business continuity, other types of continuity i.e. email, email spam filtering, content filtering and disaster recovery. They all have different security merits.
Commonly referred to as the “Company Server” solution, this solution is a physical on premises server which provides the IT facilities to your company. Workstations (computers which are clients to the server), connect to the server through networking. The server controls which users can log in, what they can access, what they can do, their email configuration (typically), stores the company files, stores and runs the company Intranet, stores and runs the company email solution (typically), backs up it’s data and generally controls the configuration and settings of all the attached workstations (computers).
There’s a current buzz-word everyone’s talking about – “Cloud”.
To put it simply, something in the “Cloud” is just something accessed or running over the Internet. “Hosted” is another common word; “Hosted” means that some software or service is running from a server accessed via the Internet.
Cloud storage is just files stored on servers and accessed via the Internet as opposed to on your local computer or server.
Cloud email (i.e. Exchange Online) is a hosted email solution. Instead of your emails being sent to your ISP, your web server or your Company Server, they are directed to a hosted email solution, which then manages and stores the emails as well as providing email access to the users.
Cloud computing is a broader term, but generally describes virtual computing in the Cloud. One example is that you remotely take over a virtual workstation in the Cloud from any computer you choose, so your computer is everywhere and anywhere.
There are many Cloud solutions available.
Not to be confused with Cloud, Virtualisation has many benefits and is becoming more popular.
Although Cloud can use Virtualisation, it can also be used by Company Servers / On Premises Servers.
A quick summary of Virtualisation; it is when you take a Server (or computer) and host other computers (or servers) within it.
Virtual servers/computers and physical servers/computers will treat each other the same.
A quick introduction to the benefits of Virtualisation include less power usage, faster resolution of problems as key business IT roles are separated into Virtual machines as opposed to all being on one machine, cheaper licensing (generally), safer, faster, more efficient backups and disaster recovery and not to mention easier upgrades in the future – Virtual servers/computers (virtual machines) can be moved between physical machines!