Cloud computing is barely a decade old and yet it is driving the majority of our online services. From email and document editing to streaming movies, music, and TV, cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. So what is cloud computing and is it right for your growing business?
Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”). Companies offering these computing services are called cloud providers and typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage.
Some services ideal for cloud computing include:
Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Historically networking equipment has been purchased out right and maintained by the company. Updates, support, and upgrades were all paid for as the need arose. This left the company incurring costly maintenance throughout the lifecycle of the equipment, generally lasting only 3 to 5 years. These costs were tough to plan for and thus put a large burden on a company’s financial planning.
With cloud computing the need for solely using on premise hardware can be removed and the burden of costly updates, support, and upgrades go away. Companies can create a predictable cost through cloud based services that are scalable and always up to date.
While there are many benefits of cloud computing some of the biggest involve:
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
Ultimately, the decision to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud is completely dependent on your specific business needs/services. Not all clouds are the same. There are three different ways to deploy cloud computing resources: public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.
At Compass Consulting we can help to evaluate your business IT needs and choose the right deployment to provide your clients, employees, and intellectual property with safety, security, ease of use, and cost savings.
We want to provide value and welcome your questions. Please contact us to discuss your current IT situation and future needs.