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Cloud computing is worth considering for organisations of all sizes. Instead of the costs of buying and running your infrastructure and software, you use shared, pre-installed and implemented infrastructure, which is available anywhere, any time. By taking advantage of this new wave of application development and moving into the "cloud," organisations pay as you go - for only what they use. There are cost savings and reduced hardware and software overheads.
Benefits of the Cloud include;
- Reduced Cost - Cloud technology is paid incrementally, saving organisations money
- Increased Storage - Organisations can store more data than on private computer systems
- Highly Automated - No longer do IT personnel need to worry about keeping software up to date
- Flexibility - Cloud computing offers much more flexibility than past computing methods
- More Mobility - Employees can access information wherever they are, rather than having to remain at their desks
- Allows IT to Shift Focus - No longer having to worry about constant server updates and other computing issues, organisations will be free to concentrate on innovation
What is the "cloud"?
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network (typically the Internet). Computing clouds provide computation, software, data access, and storage resources without requiring cloud users to know the location and other details of the computing infrastructure. Users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud application providers strive to give the same or better service and performance as if the software programs were installed locally on end-user computers.
At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of infrastructure convergence (or Converged Infrastructure) and shared services, which is becoming increasingly popular. This type of data centre environment allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with easier manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust IT resources (such as servers, storage, and networking) to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand. The "cloud," whether it's talking about “cloud services” or “cloud computing,” is increasingly being used across the technology sector, and has received billions of dollars of investment from the large multinational technology companies. Popularly referred to as the "Cloud," you may have heard the terms Software as a Service (SAAS), Software on Demand and/or Software Hosting (Public, Private & Hybrid) - all of these terms are about cloud computing.
At Enabling we can advise you on what is the best option for your organisation when considering 'the cloud', for more information on Enabling’s hosted solutions, select from our product suites listed below or to find out more, please call us or complete the contact us enquiry form opposite.