Cloud Computing Is More Than A Technology by anakabahambu


									Cloud Computing Is More Than A Technology
Cloud Computing is more than a technology. Cloud Computing is more than a
platform and it is more than just an application hosted as a service. It is a
combination of all the above plus provides immense data storage on the Internet.

In today’s competitive economic environment, as businesses are trying their best to
balance and optimize their information technology or IT budgets, Cloud computing
can be an effective strategy to reduce the information technology operations and
management costs, and to free up critical resources and budget for discretionary
innovative projects. Typically, a business organization has a eighty by twenty split
between regular ongoing information technology or IT operations cost which
includes hardware, software licensing costs, development, data center
maintenance, etc. versus new investment for solving needs which are critical for a
business to survive in these challenging times. Cloud computing technology can
have a significant impact on this by reducing the footprint of information technology
operations by taking out the upfront capital investments needed for hardware and
software. It enables a new model viz. - use what is needed and pay for what is
used model. This entails businesses to invest on innovative solutions that will help
them address key customer challenges instead of worrying about cumbersome
operational details.

Cloud Computing is a paradigm that is composed of several strata of services.
These include services like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Storage as a Service,
Platform as a Service, and Software as a service (SaaS). Different Cloud computing
services providers have developed various access models to these services. The
access to these services is based on standard Internet Protocols like Hypertext
Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Representational
State Transfer (REST), Extensible Markup Language (XML), and the infrastructure is
based on widely used technologies including virtualization. Cloud computing is the
maturation and coming together of several prior computing concepts like Grid
Computing, application service provider (ASP), Server Hosting, Utility Computing,
and Virtualization.

Cloud Computing Technology Provides Plenty of Benefits

Cloud Computing Technology provides plenty of benefits. Some of the main benefits
are given below –

Reliability plus Scalability

You get extremely high uptime, that is, almost up to hundred percent. You are free
to scale up or down resources.

Rolling Backup

Cloud computing service provider uses rolling backup technology to backup data.

Security and Support

SAS 70 Type II compliant data centers are used. Experts provide free 24/7 support
service via chat, phone, email, etc.

Cost Savings

End users save much money on Information Technology or IT operations.

Any Application

Cloud Computing Technology allows hosting of Windows Server software, Peachtree
accounting software, MS SQL Server, QuickBooks accounting software, MS Office
Server, ACT! CRM(Customer relationship management), Lacerte Tax software, etc.
Almost any application can be easily hosted in the cloud.

Anywhere and Anytime

Cloud hosting service provider allows end users to access cloud hosted software
from where ever they are located. Multiple end users can instantly share same data
file at the same time.

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