You may think that your business can’t benefit from Cloud Computing. But you could be wrong. DB Computer Solutions provides a wide range of solutions that enable you to leverage the benefits of Cloud Computing innovation. At a cost you can afford.
What’s Cloud Computing?
Good question. And the IT industry still hasn’t agreed on a single definition. Gartner defines Cloud Computing as “a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies.” Other organisations see it as a method to fully utilise all available computing resources even when those resources are located hundreds of miles from each other (often called federated systems). Whatever it is, Cloud Computing is changing the way users interact with applications, services, and infrastructure, and how services are delivered.
Three Types of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing is broken down into three primary types: Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud (a combination of Private and Public Cloud). In a Private Cloud, a company owns and manages all infrastructure including network components and applications. Access to applications is usually limited to company staff. Private Cloud capabilities also enable businesses to provide Software as a Service in which applications such as Microsoft Exchange are sold on an ‘as you use’ basis. Private Clouds have the benefit of being highly secure, usually very quick and hallmarked by low latency levels, and can be easily tailored and modified to meet exact needs.
Public Clouds are exactly that. Think Gmail and Dropbox and you have the idea. In these cases, use of the applications are free and can be accessed by anyone. The downsides are often security related. Too, Public Cloud application performance is dependent on local IP performance.
Hybrid Clouds are exactly that: companies will utilize both Public and Private Cloud solutions to meet specific requirements.
Cloud Computing is usually hallmarked by full virtualization of all applications and datasets, fully integrated systems that minimise use of ‘silo’d’ stand-alone machines, and high infrastructure performance characterised by high levels of data availability.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has a wide range of benefits including:
Reduced spending on IT infrastructure – because IT resources are fully utilised or, in a pay as you go scenario, you only pay for what you use.
Minimise licensing – application licenses are often shared which means that your business won’t have to pay for as many.
Globalise on the cheap – make applications and data available instantly, everywhere, and at any time, to personnel that need it.
Increase agility and flexibility – with cloud computing, businesses can meet new opportunities quickly, scale-out easily, and gain competitive advantage