One of the latest buzzwords in the world of business and technology is cloud computing. Many businesses have already started transitioning to cloud based systems, but what is cloud computing in the first place? And why would a business—possibly even your business—want to consider using something like this?
Cloud Computing Uses Virtual Networks:
One of the most important things to remember about cloud based systems, and cloud computing in general, is that they involve computers that are connected through a real-time communication network. The internet is a great example of this. Another example would be network-based services, which appear to be offered via ‘real’ servers and hardware. In actuality, they are delivered by simulated software (‘virtual’ software) running on one, or many different ‘real’ machines.
In basic terms, cloud computing could either be a software, or platforms,or infrastructures that are hosted remotely. They are then sold as a service to users. The provider will usually have actual servers themselves, which is where the services and products are hosted, remotely. Users just need to log in to the network and have no need for installing anything at their own location.
Potential Cost Savings:
An excellent reason for businesses to consider transitioning to cloud based systems is the fact that this will most likely save them a lot of money. Imagine being able to function without having any type of server or other types of sophisticated computer equipment? The servers in the back room could be done away with, along with the cost of their maintenance. Additionally, businesses wouldn’t need to hire any technical staff to administer the system. This could mean a fairly significant reduction in expenses. Pay for only what is n
eeded in terms of the software or other systems, which are then delivered remotely—just log in to the network and everything needed is right there, ‘in the cloud.’
Higher Levels of Reliability:
These cloud based services are also very reliable. Many experts agree that such a solution is better than almost anything a small or medium sized business would be capable of putting together on their own. Choosing a reliable vendor that you trust also means that they are going to have large IT technical staffs. They will handle all of the maintenance and also have the time and resources to invest in strong back-up and security measures. Another thing to think about is that most industry analysts report that glitches and other technical issues occur less frequently at the big cloud based providers.
Get Up & Running Faster:
Without the need to actually develop and install your own server and/or network infrastructure, businesses are able to get up
and run much faster. Transitioning to cloud based systems means that a business can focus much more on actually doing business, conducting those projects that actually make them money and build their brand. They will also enjoy an easier time managing all of their systems.
The bottom line is that transitioning to the cloud is a very efficient use of resources for a business. Not only will it save considerable money, but this will also make the computing and system’s side of things so much easier to manage. Imagine no longer worrying about infrastructure on a daily basis?
About the Author: John Samuel is the president/owner of TEA-Corp. He provides information technology services and consulting to small and mid-sized businesses in New Jersey and New York area.
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