Cloud Computing: What Every Business Should Know
Posted by T.J. Bloom, COO of MDL Technology
Cloud computing has grown at an exponential rate in the past year, becoming a go-to method for both personal and business services. In fact, “the cloud” has become a household word that even people outside the technology industry recognize. While there are many of facets of cloud computing, everyone should be aware of a a few basic facts.
Sunguard Availability Services released a list of five tips every business should know to “help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century.”
Two types of cloud computing
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is accessed through a web browser while Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) means that the hardware is installed in-house by a provider. Most people think of SaaS when they think of cloud computing.
Changing capacity is easy
Cloud services allow you to change your hosting capacity virtually whenever you want. This makes altering your online business much easier and low-maintenance than dealing with contracted services that would have you sign on to a flat-rate contract for a matter of months or years.
Remodel without extra costs
This is helpful for companies who are looking at expanding into the new technology that’s available. Companies are able to get access to the servers and high-quality storage they need for these new, high-powered apps without paying a big chunk of change.
More users, less money
In the past, when a business started to run out of space for new users on a server, the next step was to look into building an entirely new data center. This is no longer true, and cloud allows you to add more people to a server, while not paying much more.
Your staff is free for other things
Cloud computing services usually provide management services at the same time. This allows your IT workers to focus on keeping your business running at full-speed at the same time the cloud handles all other data.
To read Sunguard’s full report, click here.