Hosted Services - The Cloud
What Is Cloud Computing?
The definition given by The National Institute of Standards and Technology is:
“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
But what does it actually mean?
Well, Cloud computing is simply subscribing to various IT services, such as email, Microsoft office products (Word, Excel , PowerPoint, etc), customer relationship management systems (CRM), web conferencing or hosted voice over IP phone systems over the web. The services are provided by a third party, and you simply pay a monthly charge depending on which services you need and how many users you have.
Why should I go to the Cloud’?
Because it means you don’t have to worry about your IT – you can focus on your business instead. You pay for what you want, at the time that you need it, and if your requirements change, you simply change the subscription. It’s also easier to manage your cashflow and you don’t need upfront capital investment.
You may still prefer to have your IT on-premise, especially of you have very specialised, or older business applications. This doesn’t that you have to forget about the cloud altogether, many businesses are combining cloud services with on-premise according to their business requirements.