To run a successful business today, organizations need to cut costs, improve margins, grow revenue, overcome competitive threats and comply with new regulations, to list a few. They have to develop their IT systems so they can step up to the plate with new and improved services that help address these issues as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Meantime, increasing customer demands make rapid service delivery all the more critical, so where does the cloud fit in and how does it boost profits?
The term “cloud computing” was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the internet charts and diagrams. Broadly speaking it refers to anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet; it is typically sold on demand, by the minute or hour.
Cloud services are divided into three categories:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is where a service provider will manage the underlying hardware ( servers, storage and networking) to provide virtual servers that sit on top of this that the users have full administrative access to. Users are then able to install their own operating systems onto these virtual servers and manage them as if they were running their own physical hardware.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) is one step further than IaaS and also includes the operating system, as well as any application deployed on top of it allowing the user the run their own software. This means developers can create applications on the provider’s platform without having to worry about managing anything that runs in the background to support their applications.
- Software as a service (SaaS) is the model most often used by small businesses. The vendor supplies the hardware infrastructure, the software product and interacts with the user through a front-end portal. Because the service provider hosts both the application and the data, the end user is free to use the service from anywhere.
The cloud service offers several advantages for your small business.
Cloud computing can give increased flexibility. Cloud applications let staff access files using web-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops and notebooks. Ease of sharing documents and other files over the internet can also help internal and external collaboration.
One of the key benefits of using cloud computing is it’s scalability. It allows your business to upscale or downscale easily. as and when required.
- Cost savings
Pay for what you use or pay per user are fundamental elements of cloud computing. You no longer have to purchase expensive servers; software licenses are factored into the cloud cost and no manpower is needed to maintain the systems.
- Access to enterprise- class service
Small businesses often have little chance of affording enterprise level software, but with the cloud model all businesses can have their slice of software, even on a small IT budget.
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