Sam Barker, from Flynet explains to Compare the Cloud what exactly Cloud Computing is.


You might have heard a lot about cloud computing in the news recently but what exactly is cloud computing, and why is it so important? Well put simply cloud computing is a system that allows me to stop storing files on my personal computer or server and instead store them in a rented server which I can access through the internet. So, for example, this is my personal computer. I do my work on it, I store my files on it, and I play video games on it. All my files are stored in my computer’s hard drive – but the more files I add to my hard drive, the fuller it gets.

Through cloud computing, though I’m able to store my files on a rented server and then access those files through the internet.

These servers are usually owned by large companies so Microsoft, Amazon or Apple. And using the Internet I’m able to access them at any time wherever I want, whenever I want. The servers might be in one country or they might be spread across the globe.

They could be in France or Germany, in Mexico or Japan. The important thing is that I can access them through the internet. Now the same principle that applies to store files in the cloud also allows me to run systems and programs in the cloud. So on a rented server, I’m able to run a computer program and access that through the internet. Cloud computing is also great for security and disaster recovery. Let’s say I drop my phone or break my laptop.

Well, I might damage or compromised the files inside – but through cloud computing, as long as I have access to the internet and my password; my files are safe ready for me whenever I need them. Now all the benefits that applied to cloud computing
in my personal life also apply to my business life. So for us at Flynet; we use cloud computing as an option for our customers through our partnership with the Microsoft Azure marketplace and the Oracle cloud marketplace. We offer the opportunity for our customers to run Flynet systems on a rented server – and access them through the internet.

This frees up our customers from having to actually own all the servers that run the Flynet system – which enables them to invest in other areas of the company and grow in ways that they want to. Through our partnership with Dell Boomi, we also allow the companies that we work with to integrate their legacy systems with other areas of the business and this enables them not just to have a great business system now but also plots out a roadmap for the future of their legacy systems. As you can see, cloud computing is a dynamic and interesting area of technology and it’s only going to become more important as the years go by.

Flynet is really at the forefront of integrating legacy systems with the cloud and we’re making cloud and legacy systems safer, more dynamic and more accessible than ever before. I’ve been Sam Barker from Flynet, thank you very much.

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