Advantages of Monitoring your Security Systems through the Cloud
Business of all sizes and in all geographies, are turning to cloud services. According to a survey by RightScale, both public and private cloud adoption continues to increase, year on year.
The survey shows; respondents now adopting public cloud is 92% , up from 89% in 2017, respondents now adopting private cloud is 75%, up from 72% in 2017. As a result, the overall portion of respondents using at least one public or private cloud is now 96%.
An organization operating on limited financial resources may also leverage cloud technologies to transition from a capital expense model to an operational expense pricing model. By sourcing IT services from the cloud, organizations can focus their investments on building HR capital, business growth, product development and improvements, marketing and customer support. . For a fast-growing organization, the cost component of IT infrastructure can grow exponentially. The expenses associated with deployment, management and security of a complex IT infrastructure can overwhelm and limit the agility of organizations in response to fast-changing market requirements.
The cloud is a great way to run a business since it offers many advantages.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is a term used to describe the use of hardware and software delivered via a network (usually the Internet). The term comes from the use of cloud-shaped symbol that represents an abstraction of a rather complex infrastructure that enables the work of software, hardware, computation and remote services.
Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. In the past, applications or programs would run from software downloaded on a physical computer or server . Cloud computing allows access to the same kinds of applications through the internet.
Cloud computing is based on the premise that computing takes place on mulitple, often remote machines,. Data collected is stored and processed by remote servers (also called cloud servers). This means devices accessing the cloud don’t need to work as hard!
SPG Controls Cloud Services
By hosting the ARCO Solution remotely, cloud servers free up the memory and computing power of individual computers. Users can securely access cloud services using credentials received from the cloud computing provider.
The advantages include cost benefits, technology innovation and business process andsecurity improvements,. SPG believes in these five key benefits for your organization:
1. Enable productivity from anywhere
Provide a consistent work experience with desktops and apps—accessible from virtually anywhere.
Cloud computing allows mobile access to corporate data via smartphones and devices, which is a great way to ensure that no one is ever left out of the loop. Staff with busy schedules, or who live a long way away from the corporate office, can use the Manager App to keep instantly up-to-date with site status.
Resources in the cloud can be easily stored, retrieved, recovered, or processed with just a couple of clicks. Users can get access to their works on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as they stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all the upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-site by service providers. This saves time and team effort in maintaining the systems, tremendously reducing the IT team workloads.
2. Maintain business continuity
Data loss is a significant concern for all organizations, along with data security. Storing your data in the cloud guarantees that data is always available, even if your equipment like laptops or PCs is damaged. Cloud-based services provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios — from natural disasters to power outages.
If you rely on traditional on-premises approach, all your data will be stored locally, on office computers. Despite your best efforts, computers can malfunction for various reasons — from malware and viruses to age-related hardware deterioration or as a result of user error.
SPG Controls’ Cloud Services can help you with loss prevention. The ARCO Platform is a Docker container-based system designed to be distributed, redundant and scalable The Platform can be run in a Docker Swarm container environment in a public or private cloud hosting environment, and support online or offline (air-gapped) installations.
3. Help secure Sites from cyberattacks
One of the major concerns of every business, regardless of size or industry, is the security of its data. Data breaches and other cybercrimes can devastate a company’s revenue, customer loyalty and brand positioning.
Tightly regulated industries face stringent compliance requirements associated with the security, availability and performance of datacenter technologies. Organizations handling sensitive financial, healthcare or other private information of customers are required to deploy robust mechanisms to protect customer data.
SPG Control offers many advanced security features that guarantee that data is securely stored and handled. The ARCO Platform communicates with each component using wolfSSL; the library is a lightweight SSL/TLS library targeted for embedded, RTOS, and resource-constrained environments – primarily because of its small size, speed, and feature set.
All communications to the S1000 Smart Controller use HTTP over TLS and are authenticated in both directions using certificates. Certificates are validated or revoked by the ARCO Platform Integrations Layer. All communications will occur with the S1000 device acting as the TCP/HTTP client on port 443 so that no site-side firewalls need to be configured.
4. Business Future-Proofing
Different companies have different IT needs — a large enterprise of 1000+ employees won’t have the same IT requirements as a start-up. Using the cloud is an excellent solution because it enables an enterprise to efficiently — and quickly — scale up/down their IT departments, according to business demands.
The technology industry is fast-moving, agile and is responsive to changing market situations. Pioneers and industry-leading organizations lead the competition from the front and respond to market changes proactively. This agility is more easily realized when the necessary technical resources are at their disposal. Traditional technology models such as on-premise datacenters tend to limit organizations who would otherwise need to deploy new infrastructure before scaling their business.
SPG Controls Cloud Services is ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your business demands increase, you can quickly increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. This agility can provide a competitive advantage
5. Continuously optimize the cost of your workloads
Many organizations rely on datacenter systems to operate at scale and are challenged with the ongoing management and security needs of complex IT infrastructure. Executives are forced to invest resources in areas focused on keeping the systems running instead of scaling business operations in broader markets or in research and development toward innovative solutions.
By using cloud infrastructure, organizations do not have to spend huge amounts of money on purchasing and maintaining equipment or in hardware, utilities, or building out a large data centre to grow their business. In addition, IT teams can be minimised as cloud providers’ staff handle cloud data centre operations.,. IDG’s 2020 Cloud Computing Survey puts some fresh data behind this paradigm shift.
SPG Controls is committed to fulfilling the SLA agreements that limit the total annual downtime, service performance levels and security measures.
Is migrating to SPG Controls Cloud Services best for you?
Not every company will migrate to the cloud, at least not yet. However, many organizations have already benefitted through positive impacts on their business.
Cloud adoption increases every year since companies realize that it offers them access to world-class enterprise technology. And, if you implement a cloud solution now, you’ll be ahead of your competitors!
If you have any questions about how to effectively adopt the cloud for your business, or how to optimize your cloud performance and reduce costs, contact us today to help you out with your performance and security needs.