C is for Cloud: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Physical Servers

To the cloud! It’s fun to say, but does everyone know what the cloud actually is? It is truly a revolutionary technology that has the potential to change all businesses, big and small alike.

Here is a quick definition from our team member Chrissi.

Like Chrissi said above, cloud computing allows users to store resources, software and information on the Internet, so these files can be accessed from any device at anytime.  In this post, we will break down the five most important things to know about cloud computing, and you will see that this new technology isn’t so scary!

  1. 1.    There are two types of cloud computing

The two different versions of cloud computing are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). SaaS allows users to store applications and data files on a cloud service provider’s storage system. The user can then access the SaaS using any Web browser. With IaaS, the cloud service provider offers virtual machines, physical servers and storage to run your business’ applications on a pay-as-you-go basis. You are responsible for maintaining the operating system, and the provider is responsible for managing the infrastructure hardware.

  1. 2.    How to evaluate a cloud service provider

There are many different cloud service providers out there, so finding the right fit for your business can be a little tricky. First, evaluate the provider’s support system. Just because you moved to the cloud, support problems will not disappear. Second, evaluate the provider’s data and application architecture, or determine how easy it is to move data to and from the cloud. Third, you must evaluate the provider’s security to make sure your business’ data and files remain secure.

  1. 3.    Cloud computing offers great flexibility

Cloud services allow companies to quickly increase or decrease storage capacity to meet a business’ needs. In addition, cloud services are contracted by month or based on the consumption of resources. Much different than the lengthy year contracts associated with legacy hosting services. These contracts offer tremendous benefits to industries that experience seasonal highs and lows throughout the year.

  1. 4.    Easy updates

The cloud service provider is responsible for making sure that updates are continually available; you just have to download them. These updates will save you time and the service provider will notify you and provide instructions for installation.

  1. 5.    Cloud computing can free up staff for other projects

Most of the IT staff’s time is dedicated to managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment. Cloud computing allows you to designate these tasks to the cloud service providers, which offer management and infrastructure services. In turn, this allows the IT staff to focus their attention on projects more critical to the business.

Does the cloud seem a little friendlier now? Share some of your experiences with cloud computing in the comments section below, and be on the look out for more Stellar tech talk by visiting the Stellar Solutions blog.

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