What is the cloud?

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    We are all talking about it, more than likely you will have used it, but do you really know what it is? Creative marketing speak makes us think of some heavenly space where slightly mystical powers work. However, it isn’t some intangible technical nirvana; it’s just another computer managed by someone else, somewhere else. It really is as simple as that.

    The cloud is marketed as an enabler, allowing you to use services anywhere, anytime with newfound levels of ease. However, not everyone appreciates that in buying cloud products you’re giving 100% responsibly to your supplier to make sure their service works, and make sure they keep your data safe. Because of this, understanding their capability is absolutely essential.

    Back in the 90’s if you wanted to use an application you would go off to a shop, purchase a CD and install and run it on your PC. It was very much in the physical world. You would take the time to visit a store and make your purchase; you would invest in the equipment to run the programme as well as the security in your office to keep all your hardware safe, such as burglar and smoke alarms. Let’s not forget about having to make sure you have enough disk space to hold all of your files, and making sure everything was backed up just in case of a failure. Oh and some anti-virus software too. A fairly sizable investment in both your time and cash.

    Things have changed a huge amount in the past twenty years. First of all we’re no longer tied to a single bulky PC stuck in one location. Laptops, tablets, smart phones and even wearable tech like watches all offer the ability to run applications from anywhere at any time. Our devices are much easier to use and manage, with most additional features and applications available with a single tap or click. Secondly, connectivity in the UK has drastically improved via both fixed and mobile connections. It’s the combination of many devices and the ability to transfer huge files in seconds that has paved the way for cloud services.

    Your device just becomes an input/output terminal with the cloud (remember it’s just a remote computer) performing some or all of the processing and data storage. Most of the things you had to take care of yourself back in the 90’s are all managed by your supplier behind the scenes.

    It all sounds good, but before you buy make sure you ask the following questions to your supplier: Where is my data physically stored? Who owns and manages the infrastructure that my service will be provided on? How is my data backed up? If they struggle to answer – walk away.

    Odyssey Systems supply cloud telephone systems based on our own enterprise grade infrastructure. We own and manage all of our equipment to guarantee the best levels of service for our customers. Trust has to be the biggest part of cloud relationships. You need to implicitly trust your Cloud provider to deliver what they promise.

    If you would like to know more about Odyssey Systems cloud telephony services call us on 01642 661800 and we will be happy to de-mystify and simply talk through what is best for your business.

  • Mike Odysseas Managing Director of Odyssey Systems

    Odyssey Systems, the Teesside-based telecommunications specialists, is expanding its operations after acquiring a new building in Stockton-On-Tees.

    The company has purchased the building opposite its existing head office on the Preston Farm Industrial Estate, which has quadrupled its available space.

    In addition to utilising more space available in the two buildings, Odyssey Systems can make up to 20,000 square feet available to create new, fully-fitted office for a single or multiple business tenants.

    Odyssey’s expansion will enable the company to increase its workforce to meet the growing demand for its services.  The company currently employs 32 people and aims to create an additional eight new jobs.

    The company will use some of the additional space to introduce a dedicated video conferencing suite and a technology demonstration area.  Odyssey will also create a new stock and technology storage facility, which will hold the complete telephone systems and replacement parts for both current and past models.

    The new building, which was the former home of housing group Vela, will also enhance the company’s internet services to its clients.  Due to the building’s height, Odyssey will increase the reach of its long-range wireless high speed leased line signals, which can extend to a range of 30km.

    Mike Odysseas, Managing Director of Odyssey Systems, said: “The addition of the new building to our existing facilities will create the extra capacity we need to enhance the services we offer our customers and create new employment opportunities.

    “We have experienced steady growth throughout the last year, which this investment will help us build upon during 2015.”

    Mike added: “Having the two office buildings next door to each other enables us to be more flexible with our use of space and also create new offices for other businesses which can benefit from the infrastructure we’ll introduce including hosted telephony systems and gigabit internet speeds.”