Cloud computing is becoming the emergent paradigm for computer networks. It provides the environment in which utility computing can operate, providing resources and management as required and thus allowing companies to buy only what they need when they need it. The effort to manage updates and releases is left to the solution provider, freeing the corporate IT department for other duties. Use of cloud computing greatly reduces the network footprint within the company and thus saves money and effort maintaining the enterprise’s physical network. However, as the provider is no longer the company’s IT department, security concerns must be carefully considered and policies implemented to ensure confidentiality of a company’s intellectual property. Grantek’s deep understanding of networks, cyber-security, XaaS (Anything as a Service) and data models positions us as your solution provider for cloud computing.
While the benefits of cloud computing are well known, (SaaS, increased collaboration throughout the supply chain, smaller physical network footprint), the downsides must also be understood. For example, companies need to understand how to remain legally compliant to avoid storing personally identifiable data irresponsibly in the cloud. Security of cloud data is also a concern. Grantek can help with these concerns as public, private or hybrid clouds can be implemented. Manufacturers also need to know the legal implications of cloud storage in order to properly realize the desired cost savings and efficiencies.
Production sensors and controllers can be configured to connect to the manufacturing network that then passes data to the cloud. In this area, Grantek can help our customers implement a cloud solution that improves efficiency while also making sure that data is stored in accordance with US and international laws and regulations.
Among the biggest benefits of the cloud are scalable reporting and backup. Providers of cloud services have readily available and powerful business software suites that can be tailored to provide needed data and the capacity to seamlessly back up business data.
Grantek offers expertise in the planning and implementation of cloud-based solutions within the manufacturing environment allowing the most forward-thinking cost-savings, scalability and efficiency while maintaining our roots and providing the critical focus on manufacturing uptime.