When clients require business solutions that involve cloud computing, they may not know much about it beyond the trend term. You hear the term “the cloud” on mobile phone commercials, in businesses meetings, and while browsing the internet, but what is it exactly? “The cloud” is, quite simply, the Internet. It’s become a metaphor or cliché for the Internet, but this kind of computing service goes beyond the clichéd term. Businesses look to the cloud service for advantages not offered by the traditional IT department.
Cloud computing provides better reliability and higher scalability. This means that your computer capacity is increased and the information on your servers is secure, even if one server fails. This kind of computing service is even a la carte, meaning that you pay for the computing resources as you need them. This gives you the ability to determine how much capacity you need and save money when certain resources are not in use. Cloud computing is accessed from various applications on your desktop, but all of the data involved is securely stored off-site, which relieves stress and demand on your company’s IT department so staff can focus on other operations.
There are different types of cloud computing, and every computing service will vary in what it offers, but all have one thing in common: the customer does not have to own any physical facility or infrastructure for it to work. Most people may not remember that we once had to rent time on computer mainframes, way back when computers were first starting out. In this way, we are coming full circle and returning to time when a computer service is virtually rented out. This cuts down on business costs and saves capital. Think of it as a utility-type service where you only pay for the services consumed.
The most well-known cloud service is called “software as a service,” or SaaS. You are using cloud computing whenever you end up using a computer database that doesn’t exist in your current location. With SaaS, you pay the service fee to use the platform or software. This could include anything like data storage that you can access online, social networking or even financial software that is tied to and automatically updates your bank account. Cloud computing can do so much for your business, so contact a company that can provide you with all the resources you need.