By now, just about everyone has heard the term “cloud computing” and “in the cloud”... but what does it all really mean and, more importantly, how can it help your business? In the most layman of terms, cloud computing simply refers to resources and applications that are available on the World Wide Web from just about any internet connected device.

Webmail, for example, is a form of cloud computing because the user can access their e-mails from any device with Internet access. This basic form of cloud computing has vastly evolved throughout the years and is now a staple in any business venture. So why move to the cloud? The answer is a no-brainer: to increase efficiency, cash flow, and for the dozens of other benefits offered by this technology. Offering cloud-hosted services scalable to your growing needs paired with data backup services ensuring your company’s data is secure; PCS strives to reduce your total cost of ownership while maintaining high availability of company resources.

Public Cloud

Private Cloud

Hybrid Cloud

Typically configured as a “pay-as-you-grow” model, the public cloud delivers the storage space, bandwidth, and processing power you need and ONLY when you need it. This flexible and cost-effective option allows companies to quickly scale up or down according to their immediate needs.

Like a single-family home, the private cloud offers exclusivity to those whom you’ve handed the keys to. Unlike public cloud solutions that are off-site and managed by a third-party; a private cloud is managed on-site by your own IT department allowing for maximized security in order to meet your regulatory or compliance requirements.

A marriage between a public and private cloud is precisely what hybrid cloud solution provides. The most common orchestration of this solution deploys an on-site private cloud to keep important documents more secure while using an off-site public cloud for web hosting and collaboration purposes. This type of cloud computing environment can be as unique as your business and company need them to be.