Let’s take a moment to pretend you are a big executive at your business. One of your responsibilities includes ensuring that all employees have all the necessary hardware and software required to do their jobs effectively. Unfortunately, buying computers is not enough, you also need to get the software and accompanying licenses. A new hire requires additional hardware and ensuring you have the licensing for them to use the software. This can get stressful and tiring.
Now there is a new solution. Rather than installing software on every single computer, you only have to load the software one time. Your employees would be able to log into a web-based service hosting all the programs the employees need. This remote application would run everything. In today’s IT world, it is known as cloud computing.
Cloud computing makes it so local computers no longer have to carry a heavy burden of numerous running applications. It decreases hardware and software demands. All the employees need on their computer is interface software to access the cloud network. It looks a lot like your average web browser. Think about cloud computer like email – if you have a web-based email address, like Gmail or Yahoo, then you can access your email from any computer anywhere in the world. It is the same idea with cloud computing.
Cloud application services are known as “software as a service,” or SaaS, and they deliver the software as a viable service through the internet. This eliminates the need to first install and then run any application on the personal computers of the employees. It simplifies support and maintenance. SalesForce is a good example of SaaS.
Cloud infrastructure services, commonly known as IaaS, or “infrastructure as a service,” deliver computer infrastructure as well as networking and storage. Instead of having the business spend money on software, services, network equipment and data-center space, they buy the resources from an outsourced service, like Amazon or Ipera, to take care of all this for the business.
Aside from reducing spending on computer hardware and software, cloud computing provides businesses with a host of other benefits.
- It is scalable and allows businesses to contract or expand as the business sees fit
- Costs are reduced because capital expenditure is minimised
- There are reduced support costs as there is no need to continue to buy licenses, for example
- Cloud computing programs are available anywhere there is a computer present that is hooked into the local internet connection
- Cloud computing is extremely reliable and can be used even if there is a network problem in the office
Cloud computing is the new way many businesses are now thinking about computing. With cloud computing, businesses move away from the physical computer infrastructure and set up a new, hosted solutions. At One Metric, we offer our customers a number of cloud-based solutions that provide users with more tools and business owners with fewer costs. A number of areas where we can introduce cloud computing to your business include exchange, virtual services, sharepoint, hosted antispam and email.