What is cloud computing?

Last article, we covered top 8 trends in enterprise IT, if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet here it is, the topic of cloud computing came up, to expand a bit about what it is and why it is used here’s an article on the subject.

With the advance in technology, comes new and exciting opportunities for a business to explore. One of these being cloud computing. Now, what is cloudcomputing? Well, simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services such as – storage, servers, databases, networking and more. These services are provided over the internet, in what is known as “the cloud”. The cloud providers, which are companies offering said services, charge based on the usage of the services similar to how people are billed for water in their homes. There are 3 broad categories where most cloud computing services fit into:

  • Infrastructure as a service-provider (IaaS), This is the most basic category where businesses can rent IT infrastructure such as servers and virtual machines, these are on a pay-as-you-go basis from a cloud provider.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS), supply an on-demand environment for any development, testing etc. It is designed to make it easy for developers to create web or mobile apps, without having to think about infrastructure of servers, storage, databases and network that is needed for the development.
  • Software as a service (SaaS), is the software applications on demand and are typically run on a subscription basis. Cloud providers host and manage the software, infrastructure, and handles the maintenance, whereas the users just connects to the application over the internet.

What are the benefits?

Cloud computing is in a sense a different way to think about the IT resources, the common reasons businesses and organizations are trying out cloud computing services are:

  1. Cost – The expense of buying hardware and software as well as setting it up and running on-site datacenters are eliminated.
  2. Speed – Businesses are given a lot of flexibility with a provided self service and on demand, even large amounts of computing resources can be provisioned quickly.
  3. Global Scale – The ability to scale the services as needed, means that more or less storage or bandwidth can be obtained when it is needed and from a specified geographic location.
  4. Productivity – The typical on-site datacenter requires a lot of hardware set up, software patching and other IT management chores which consumes the time of the employees. Using cloud-based services removes these tasks and ensures your employees are able to use their time on more important work.
  5. Performance – The largest cloud providers run their services on a worldwide network of secure datacenters, these are regularly upgraded to the latest edition and use fast and efficient hardware.
  6. Reliability – Data backup and disaster recovery is made easy, since the data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites of the providers network.

Now, we aren’t suggesting you sell the hardware from your datacenter just yet, the use of cloud computing services depends on a lot of factors. It is certainly a great choice for a small sized upstart business, but for medium and large businesses which are established, not just yet. Using cloud-based services always involves the risk of loss of service caused by either failure or corrupted patches, the response time on problems is typically longer since there might be multiple customers of the cloud provider facing the same problems and some businesses might get special treatment compared to the rest. IT Enterprise, at GlobeCom, ensures that your datacenters uptime is kept as high as possible with technicians ready to help with problems on- and off-site. GlobeCom, can help you with upgrading your equipment or finding the right fit for your business, to learn more about IT Enterprise and GlobeCom in general please visit GlobeCom IT Enterprise or contact us at enterprise@globecom.eu or through our live chat.

Cloud Computing – What and Why?

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