Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.
If, like many organisations, you’ve built your corporate network over time, you’ve probably got a lot of complex connections between your sites and it’s difficult to launch new applications and services without significant redesign.
Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.
Cloud computing is a better way to run your business if your business fits a cloud model. Instead of running your apps yourself, they run on a shared data center. When you use any app that runs in the cloud, you just log in, customise it, and start using it. That’s the power of cloud computing. The down side of this is if your business has a lot of custom applications or it relies on a lot of data then sometimes the traditional approach still fits best. You don’t have to take the entire business to the cloud in one jump. We mostly see business taking a hybrid cloud approach where they are outsourcing some application to the cloud (eg salesforce) and keeping traditional or custom applications in house.
Businesses are running all kinds of apps in the cloud these days, like CRM, HR, accounting, and custom-built apps. Cloud-based apps can be up and running in a few days, which is unheard of with traditional business software. They can cost less, because you don’t need to pay for all the people, products, and facilities to run them. And, it turns out they’re more scalable than most apps. Plus, upgrades are taken care of for you, so your apps get security and performance enhancements and new features—automatically.
The way you pay for cloud-based apps is also different. Forget about buying servers and software. When your apps run in the cloud, you don’t buy any hardware – all you need is a good internet connection. It’s all rolled up into a predictable monthly subscription, so you only pay for what you actually use.
Or staff are experienced in stepping business through their Cloud Readiness program so if you have any questions please contact us.