Many companies are wondering what software to invest in. Is it better to choose traditional software installed directly on your computer? Can he decide on the so-called cloud solutions? Who and why scares the cloud?
What is the cloud really and what is it used to eat? I invite you to read the column below, in which I will try to explain the most important issues.
Is it still possible to function without a cloud?
It is very difficult to function in modern society and business without a cloud. Those who still think otherwise are probably unaware of how much this cloud surrounds them. At present, functioning without a cloud would mean a complete cut off from the internet and digital telephony, including GSM. The de facto cloud is a large data space in which some of the data is in a transmission state, some rest on server "disks" and some are undergoing processing.
In order to realize how much the cloud surrounds us, let's imagine an example of our life without a cloud - e.g. Allegro or Amazon online store. Imagine that there is no website for such a store. You have to go to the point of sale, browse through paper catalogs, and send orders via paper correspondence. Someone will say it used to be this way. Agreement. That was 20-30 years ago, before the internet age, before the global cloud age. This is how sales have changed in recent years. Other industries are changing similarly. Security and security services are also changing and evolving towards the cloud.
We use the cloud every day
Social media, online stores, music, movies, internet television, access to banking, digital maps in navigation, search engines, messages, e-mail (email) ... We use the cloud every day and we do it automatically, without thinking that it is " menacing "cloud. We connect to it in several ways: through the browser, through the mobile application - at least as such SafestarGO , and more often some devices connect themselves - i.e. IoT.
We also use the cloud on a daily basis. Hardware manufacturers make their clouds available so that they can connect to their devices via web browsers or mobile applications. Cameras, recorders, control panels, etc. Many leading companies offer such solutions. Virtually every security company uses them - often without a deeper awareness that this is the cloud. Monitoring transmitters that connect via "mobile internet" are also examples. In fact, they connect to the telecommunications operator's cloud. In many cases, these connections are again brought back to the earth. "Servers" monitoring but this is also changing.
Such a cloud solution in security and more specifically in alarm and video monitoring is of course the system Safestar.
Do we have to move to the cloud?
Will somebody force us? Not yet. What will happen in the future we will see. But there are many symptoms that predict that migration to the cloud will be mandatory in many areas. Such coercion will be caused by quite abstract considerations today - e.g. ecology. However, today, if someone wants to "bother" with maintaining their own infrastructure is his decision.
However, it's worth remembering that cloud solutions offer many benefits:
- Optimization of costs, e.g. resulting from the costs of maintaining equipment at home: servers, network equipment, updates, secure power supply, etc.
- Ensuring an adequate level of security (both physical and ICT).
- Access to know-how that is transferred along with modern technology.
One should not be indifferent to such advantages, especially in business where cost reduction and process optimization are key.
why companies are continuing with old solutions?
Known. New is the enemy of the old. In addition, it is relatively easy to frighten the client with a "mystic" cloud. That is why opponents of cloud solutions, attached to old, conventional solutions, create alternative theories about "dangerous clouds". In fact, they delay only what is likely to happen anyway. Thus, they expose their clients to completely senseless costs. This phenomenon is not just about the cloud. There are many examples, for example on the photo market, where the biggest players after many years of resistance, however, admitted that mirrorless technology in professional full frame equipment is the future and you have to go in this direction.
Is the cloud secure?
It depends what cloud. There are no perfect solutions and free from any defects. That is why the cloud, like other technologies, carries some risk. The good news is, however, that the professional cloud is supervised by appropriate specialists who take care of safety and always react when the need arises.
Every year, more and more standards are being created to support measuring, controlling and safety management clouds. Thanks to them, cloud solutions are becoming more stable, and thus - safe.
You can read about these security requirements for monitoring services in these two articles:
The most important is the ability to assess the level of security of the solution offered. Specific parameters (SLA), developed standards and norms will be useful. That is why it is worth exploring this topic so as not to grope in the dark.
What is more profitable?
Own infrastructure is usually expensive (well, unless it is the so-called "server" under the desk or in the "storage room" called the server room :-)). It includes not only technical or hardware issues, but also the need to employ the right people to operate them. That is why large and rich companies that can afford it usually decide on their own infrastructure.
Customers using cloud solutions do not care at all about such issues as servers. You pay periodic fees under which you receive full service. Your supplier is "worried" about equipment, availability, etc. And such a solution is an excellent option for smaller companies that do not have huge budgets, and yet want to have adequate IT facilities. Cloud technologies also have another valuable feature - they can be tested for free, such as: SafestarFree.
How efficient is the cloud?
For most companies, determining the hardware needs for a given system is very difficult. Therefore, it is common practice to buy stronger (and hence - more expensive) equipment, which is then used only in a few percent. Such action is not the most economical.
Cloud solutions give you complete freedom in choosing the right resources - both the number of cores, memory size and disk capacity. You use as much as you need, and in case of increased demand - you buy additional power. If your demand decreases - you can go back to your previous settings at any time and pay less again. And all with a few buttons or sliders located in the appropriate panel of your software.
Things are even better when you buy ready-made, working cloud services. At that time, hardware issues do not apply to you at all. The system is to work. The perfect example here is the one mentioned earlier Safestar.
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