Why is the technology world talking so much about ‘the cloud’? In case you haven’t noticed, it’s kind of a big deal right now, and doesn’t seem to be on any kind of decline in the foreseeable future. Quite the opposite! Cloud Computing and Virtualization are sticking around, and are rapidly revolutionizing the way you (and the big guys) do business.
But what is this ‘cloud’ everybody speaks about?
It’s not as intangible as it sounds.
Cloud Computing refers to any service that is delivered or hosted over the internet. To put it simply, there are 3 main elements to understand:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Software as a Service (Saas)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Now that you know the acronyms… let’s talk about the first one.
IaaS : In a nutshell, IaaS means outsourcing your business equipment. Your host will manage your servers, hardware, support and operations equipment, storage etc. You will gain freedom from the cost of keeping these items in-house, and the ongoing expense of maintaining your systems.
If you’re wondering…this is exactly what we are doing at Atum.
Cloud computing has really taken off in this economic environment, in large part due to its cost-saving and innovative nature. With technology developing at break-neck speed, Virtualization is the perfect solution for advancing your business in a slow economy. Businesses want to do MORE with LESS and virtualization offers them a new way to do that!
How will it benefit your business?
Cloud computing is completely flexible to growth and can be entirely managed by the provider. Just think, your capacity can expand along with your business and you can literally hand over the keys to a virtual driver. Talk about low maintenance! If your business was a flashy, mid-life crisis car… IaaS would be the garage and the crew that would help you rule the road without the stress of upkeep.
That’s why people are getting so excited about ‘The Cloud’! Not such an airy-fairy idea anymore is it?