Connections Ahead

Every IT vendor is talking about β€œThe Cloud.” Private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds - to be quite honest, it's just a lot of vendor jargon. If your organization pays a fee to access a service that's delivered in real time over the Internet – then you've already had a taste of what the cloud can offer. Cloud computing can provide outstanding value, enabling your organization to scale and enhance IT capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software. There are downsides though, and understanding them can help you make the best choice to ensure that when you turn to the cloud, you keep your organization from being struck by lightning!

ISO standards for cloud computing are in the pipeline, but there are no certifications yet. That means you must investigate both the quality of your cloud provider, and whether you can reliably access the desired cloud services. If your data is being held on virtual servers, the hardware behind such a service is located in a data center somewhere. The regulatory environment for cloud services varies by location and that determines how your data is handled and who has access to it. To control your digital world you must be able to use cloud services and solutions in ways that effectively support the objectives of your core operations, without compromising on data security.

GNS is there to support your decision to take your organization's ICT into the cloud. We were one of the first companies in Saudi Arabia to offer hosting services – an early cloud endeavour. To hosting, we added network and data security, website and portal development, and Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery. Now we're moving into network virtualization and private cloud creation. If you're planning a journey to the cloud, invite GNS to join you for expert advice and local support.