How does Tooling U-SME handle its data and IT systems?
The short answer is — we take it seriously.
The long answer is detailed below.
In 2017, Tooling U-SME migrated to a Cloud-based system called
Microsoft Azure, which is one of the most comprehensive and secure Cloud providers
What does that mean?
In the past, we stored all of our classes and other information at a highly
secure location called a data center. It was the best and safest solution
for its time, but a number of advances in technology have produced an even
better solution for both us and our customers, which is the Cloud.
Simply put, Cloud computing or “the cloud” is the delivery of computing
services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics,
security and more—over the Internet. At Tooling U-SME, we use a type of
cloud computing known as SaaS, or Software as a Service, which encompasses
all of these elements.
BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING
COST: The site-based data center storage we used previously is very
expensive. First, there is the cost of the building itself, which involves
specialized construction, climate controls, and security systems, plus the
electricity to run everything. Then comes the cost of hardware; software;
and certified staff to install, run, and maintain it all. By using a Cloud
provider that constantly upgrades its systems and infrastructure, we are
able to maintain the highest levels of quality and security at a much lower
TIMELINESS, SCALABILITY, and PRODUCTIVITY: In the past, internet-based
businesses had to anticipate the highest possible demand for their products
across all of their customers and build their datacenters based on that
high estimate. When the estimate would fall short, business would have to
add more servers and software, which takes time. Today’s Cloud computing
services are on demand, so now we can make large amounts of resources
available in minutes and even target them to specific geographic locations.
This on-demand capability gives us much greater flexibility and takes the
pressure off capacity planning, which ultimately keeps our customers happy.
PERFORMANCE: The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide
network of secure datacenters, which are regularly upgraded to the latest
generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several
benefits over a single corporate datacenter, including reduced network
latency, or lag times, for applications and greater economies of scale.
RELIABILITY: Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and
business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored
at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
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