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 available.
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 cost.
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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