Cloud Services

You may have heard the term “The Cloud” and you may be wondering what it all means and how it effects you and your business.

Cloud computing can really be split into 3 sections:

  1. Storage
  2. Applications
  3. User Services

You may be familiar, in fact chances are you are already using the cloud, probably user services, if you have been using Gmail, you have been using the cloud.

Let’s discuss cloud computing in relation to storage. What this means is basically storing your data and or information of site in a non specific location on distributed servers that are geographically closer when accessed to the person accessing the information. What does that mean? It means that your stuff is somewhere, physically on a server and as long as the security is sufficient, that should not bother you. What this really means to you is that you do not have to bare the cost of storing data and information and running and maintaining computers and software. All you have to think about is running your business.

What does this also mean, it means that you can access your data and information from anywhere and from any device.

User services via the cloud are the most common that you may have come across and as i said previously, you are probably using. These are such services as Gmail, Hotmail and any other service where you become a user and use other business infrastructure.


A very interesting aspect to cloud computing is software  or applications in the cloud. The easiest way to explain this is to give you an example.

Do you use Photoshop? If you are not a designer or someone who specializes in design. Chances are you use Photoshop rarely. Well with the cloud, rather than paying thousands of dollars for Adobe’s Photoshop, you can get a subscription and pretty much only pay for the amount of time you use it. Because most of the processing is done in the cloud, not on your device you can rely access it from any device and the device you are using does not need to have powerful processing capabilities. Just a good connection.

At Altech we can provide you with all the cloud you need