Is “the cloud” right for you?
Everybody is talking about Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing isn’t a new concept, it’s just the latest descriptive term being used by technology pundits. It’s very likely that you’ve been using cloud computing services for many years – perhaps without realizing it.
So what is it? If you are using systems that are not on your own network, but are provided out on the Internet, then you are using cloud services. Internet-based Email such as Hotmail and Gmail are simple examples. If another company is providing your company a hosted email service, then you are using a cloud computing service. These cloud services may be sophisticated business systems or it may just be the server infrastructure running software that you own.
Some of the benefits include:
- Low upfront capital costs
- Fewer technical headaches
- Simpler maintenance – the cloud computing provider is responsible for maintaining the systems typically including operating systems, application software, and hardware maintenance.
In many instances, the facilities housing the cloud computing infrastructure are hardened facilities built with multiple sources of power (backup power systems), multiple connections to the Internet, and top-notch data backup facilities.
We use it and we get it. We can help you understand if it is the right fit for you.