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What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud has been a real game changer for business and the ability to create services at the drop of a hat a godsend and scourge when not manage correctly. The umbrella term “Cloud” seems to be used constantly but for our purposes we will imagine “Cloud” as three distinct areas each with its own demarcation and boundaries. The easiest way to see this is visualizing the delivery of all computing services over the internet. All the hardware and applications Servers, Storage, networking, databases, business intelligence, ERP and even software that has not been released yet running as and when you want it to. All this and it is only charged when you use it. The question isn’t if you will adopt but when.
Cloud computing brings with it many benefits but here are the most common.
- Flexibility – Cloud Computing is ideal for organisations
- Cost – Cloud computing doesn’t attract capital expenditure like hardware, software, set up and the astronomical costs of power, cooling and server racks.
- Management – can be far simpler than traditional on premise solutions to manage as updates are carried out by the provider.
- Flexibility – Cloud based services work well for customers with fluctuating demands and scling up and down is easy.
- Disaster Recovery – Service Level Agreements and expertise are helping more organisations implement robust Disaster recovery and Business Continuity plans.
Building and maintaining infrastructure to service a business can be done in minutes however the process from design to implementation can be complicated, through providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer and Google Compute Engine.