Clouds are becoming an everyday occurrence, and no, we are not talking about the ones created by mass gatherings of water particles suspended in the earth’s atmosphere. 

When discussing “the cloud” in a digital sense, we refer to servers accessed over the Internet and the software and databases that run on those servers. 

Cloud servers are located in data centre’s, which are located all over the world. By using cloud computing, users and businesses do not have to manage physical servers themselves, taking up vast amounts of space or running software applications on their own machines.

Instead, the cloud system enables users to access the duplicate files and applications from almost any device, anywhere, and anytime because the computing and storage take place on servers in a data centre elsewhere, instead of locally on the user device.

The eye of the storm 

Since the breakout of the COVID-19, life itself has not been the same pre-pandemic; mainly, how people are working has changed noticeably. The abrupt shift from working in an office 9-5 for the majority of the working population in the UK to suddenly being fully working from home 24/7 was a huge change. 

For employers, many crucial concerns surfaced due to the sudden turn of events, mainly communicating face-to-face with employees, transferring documents safely and cyber security issues due to remote working. This meant that businesses from large to small enterprises had to adapt and become more flexible in their approach to work and find suitable technology for their staff to use safely and securely.  

This is where MRD Technologies expertise is needed. Having themselves been through the struggle of the pandemic launching in early 2019, they saw the gap in the market. Having worked in the SME marketplace for years before establishing MRD Technologies, Mark, Richard, and Derek (the three CEO’s of MRD Technologies) saw for themselves first-hand how many IT providers and telecoms companies neglect the SME and average client base whilst always aiming for the LME companies. 

MRD decided that they must be able to provide a better approach.

What is difference between a server and a cloud server?

Technically speaking, there isn’t that much difference. Yet the implementation of the two is where the distinction can be made, and in a word, that is “virtualisation.” This allows for extensive versatility, giving clients virtually limitless resources.

Traditional server architectures, explained Simply2cloud, are usually deployed in organisations where control over user computer and its access, such as centrally-stored user credentials, operating system updates, or updating user applications, are centrally administered and directed.

Compared to cloud computing, it can deliver vast computing resources over the Internet, therefore not requiring on-site hardware. It offers cost savings, scalability, high performance, economies of scale, and more. For many companies, particularly SMEs, cloud migration is more suited for their business model and is how businesses move post-covid.

How easy it is to switch to a cloud server 

MRD Technologies would handle the cloud migration process, which essentially involves transferring all or part of an IT infrastructure from on-premise to cloud environments. 

This would include IT infrastructure that typically includes company applications, databases, servers, and networking equipment, meaning any on-premises components, such as hardware or software an organisation has running in a physical building, especially in the same place employee’s work. Switching to a cloud-based server allows 

The benefits of cloud migration are that it allows businesses to use a cloud provider’s infrastructure, reduce IT costs, scale faster, make a company’s services available anywhere, and deliver better customer experiences.

The services MRD provide in terms of cloud services: 

• Managed Cloud Anti-Virus – Fully Secure Anti-Virus to help fight Cyber Attacks

• Cloud Backup Solutions – Modern secure and tested backup solutions.

• Hosted Servers and Applications – Cloud-based computing whenever needed.

• Managed Wi-Fi – Secure Wi-Fi for staff and visitors that works across your site.

In terms of timescales depending on the size of the project according to CloudZero, for example, medium projects that involve migrating email and document management can take 2-4 months. On the other hand, projects that involve sophisticated server setups and configuring cloud-native services can take 6 months +.

What is Microsoft Teams and why is it useful for your business? 

One example of a cloud-based team collaboration software is Microsoft Teams, part of the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suite of applications. 

MRD Technologies use Microsoft Teams as its cloud computing system. It incorporates all the core capabilities an organisation needs to trade and carry out business activities in an app. It helps businesses stay organised and have conversations all in one place; Microsoft Teams include business messaging, calling, video meetings and file sharing.  

Source used: 

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2020/08/12/the-abrupt-shift-to-remote-working-has-amplified-cyber-security-problems/, https://www.cloudflare.com/en-gb/learning/cloud/what-is-the-cloud/