More than likely you’ve heard of “the cloud”.
People make jokes about it, we’re all connected to it, but do you really know what it is?
Today we want to break down what exactly the cloud means (you may have even heard of cloud services or cloud computing—it’s all the same).
Essentially cloud-based technology is a mechanism that has changed the way businesses, and individuals, operate.
Cloud computing simply put, is the transfer or delivery of on-demand computing services of everything from applications to storage and processing power; it uses the Internet and usually on a pay as you go basis.
In place of owning your own data center, cloud computing software allows companies to rent access from a cloud service provider.
Down to the Facts
So, now you know what it means to say “the cloud”. We are going to get into some important facts you should understand. Clouds can be inexpensive solutions to a company’s need for new IT hardware.
1. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Above are the most common versions of cloud offerings. While there are many types of clouds, these are two main versions you should be familiar with.
- With SaaS, the cloud service provider hosts your organizational applications and all related data on its servers and storage systems. Employees can access SaaS applications on a Web browser. Finally, companies pay a fee per user each month.
- With IaaS, the provider offers many more options including: virtual machines, physical servers, storage, switching. You can also get connectivity resources to run your organizational applications since it’s on a pay-as-you-go basis. However, you are responsible for installing and maintaining the operating system and application or virtual machine. The provider is responsible for managing the infrastructure hardware on which the applications or virtual machines run.
2. The cloud gives you more flexibility.
When your organization utilizes any cloud computing software, your IT department can work faster and more efficiently.
In addition, the cloud allows for opportunities to move capacity up or down to match your organization’s needs.
Another great aspect of the cloud is that they typically run on a monthly basis or per the consumption of your organization. In the past, organizations were tied down to yearly contracts.
3. The cloud lets your IT staffers spend time on worthwhile causes.
Unfortunately a majority of organization’s IT departments spend most of their time on managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment.
Clouds offer managing services, which will allow companies the freedom to offload menial tasks. As a result, key IT members can dedicate their time to more pressing matters.
Most of all, the cloud can be many different things to every organization. This system allows for the personalization that many companies don’t realize is even available!
Get in touch with us today to start designing your own cloud package.
We will tailor the system to match your business needs, with flexible packages and ongoing support to ensure you are always getting the most from this excellent technology.
At Inspiris, cloud-computing technology is an integral part of our managed IT services. If you’d like to find out more about our cloud solutions take a look here.