Cloud Computing

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the Internet (referred to as “the cloud”). These services include servers, storage, databases, networking, and software.

Rather than keeping files on a sole on-site hard drive or local storage device, cloud-based storage allows users to save these files to a remote database. As long as a device has access to the web, it has access to the data and the software programs to run it.

The purpose of cloud computing is to offer faster innovation and flexible resources that are easily scalable to fit precise business needs.


Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Services

    Cost Effective

    With no hardware and software to purchase and configure, cloud computing eliminates the expense of running on-site datacenters, electricity needed to power these datacenter servers and the in-house IT experts to manage the on-site servers.

    Enhanced Performance

    Most cloud computing services are provided on demand, allowing large amounts of computing resources to be provisioned very quickly and with just a few clicks. This flexibility helps to relieve the burden of capacity planning.

    Greater Speed

    The largest cloud computing providers run on a worldwide network of secure, efficient, and regularly upgraded servers. This, when compared to an in-house datacenter, offers reduced network latency for applications.


    Easily Scalable

    The benefits of cloud-based services include the ability to scale with your business needs. Meaning, cloud computing services can deliver more or less computing power, storage, or bandwidth as the resources are needed.



    Cloud computing allows for data to be mirrored at multiple sites on the cloud provider’s network. This makes data backup and disaster recovery significantly easier and less expensive.


    Security Benefits

    24x7x365 Monitoring – Kapp’s cloud networks will consistently keep track of the health of your devices and network. helping protect your data, apps, and infrastructure from potential threats.

      Types of Cloud Computing

      Public Cloud

      Public clouds are owned and operated by a third-party providers over the public Internet (the “cloud”). These services are available to all people who wish to purchase them. The hardware, software and infrastructure of a public cloud belong to and are managed by the cloud provider. 

      In addition to faster deployment than on-site datacenters, public clouds allow for reduced company costs be eliminating the need to purchase, manage and service on-site hardware and applications. When using a public cloud computing service the cloud service provider is responsible for the maintenance and management of the system.

      Public clouds are incredibly scaleable due to their often on-demand resources, get the computing resources you need as you need them.

      Public clouds allow for all company staff to utilize the same application for any location, using any device providing they have access to the Internet.

      Some common concerns when dealing with a public cloud computing environment center around security. However, when implemented correctly, the public cloud can be as secure as the most effectively managed private cloud as long as the public cloud service provider uses proper security methods.



      Private Cloud

      Private clouds may be located either on the company’s on-site datacenter or hosted by a third-partly private cloud service provider. The services and infrastructure of a private cloud are managed and maintained on a private network.

      Private clouds are sometimes referred to as an internal cloud or corporate cloud. Private cloud computing provides  many of the same benefits of using public cloud  while making available additional control and customizations.

      Unlike public cloud services, the organization’s IT department is responsible for the cost and accountability of managing the private cloud network. In essence, private clouds require the same staffing, management, and maintenance expenses as traditional on-site datacenters.

      Private clouds networks offer a higher level of security and privacy by utilizing company firewalls and internal hosting to protect operations and sensitive data.


      Hybrid Cloud

      Hybrid clouds are a combination of public and private clouds. The two cloud types are bound by technology that allows them to share data and applications.

      Hybrid clouds give your business more flexibility and deployment options while also helping to optimize your existing infrastructure and security measures by allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds.

       The major benefit of hybrid cloud computing services is that the structure allows companies to increase computing resources on-demand that increase above the capability of the on-site datacenter. This flexibility allows you to avoid the cost of the purchase, installation and maintenance of new servers that may be needed only a small portion of the time.

      Why Choose Kapp Communications for  Your Cloud Computing Needs?

      Kapp Communications offers Pittsburgh area businesses a variety of custom solutions to their cloud computing needs. Whether you are hosting on-site email, databases, or custom applications Kapp can help you select the perfect fit for your business, large or small!

      As mentioned above, cloud computing services offer a host of benefits including reduced costs, the ability to scale up or down as needed, increased speed and performance while maintaining security and reliability.

      In addition to the benefits of cloud computing in general, working with Kapp Communications will allow for you to rest easy knowing that you have a local IT Managed Services & Cloud Computing expert on your team.

      Kapp offers 24/7 support and security monitoring to our cloud computing network customers. We are Located in Pittsburgh, PA  and our experts can help you remotely or on-site if needed.

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