What is the Cloud?
References to the Cloud are everywhere. In TV commercials and across the internet on all devices someone is talking about running or storing something “in the Cloud.” To many people, the Cloud is some mysterious or nebulous (pardon the pun) concept. But it doesn’t have to be. Simply put, the Cloud is a bunch of computers running software that is accessed over the Internet. What makes the Cloud “the Cloud” lies in how computer and networking resources are utilized, which translates into direct benefits to the consumer.
Rather than accessing a single machine, the Cloud is “virtual,” backed by a network of computers. Virtual means that multiple computing resources made up of software, data, and services are shared and appear as one resource (or Cloud) to the user. Accessible anytime from anywhere, the Cloud optimizes computing so you have the right amount of resources available when you need them.
Why Do Companies Use the Cloud?
Some of the major reasons why businesses turn to the Cloud include:
- Cost Savings – the Cloud is generally less expensive than an in-house solution or a dedicated hosting solution. Using the Cloud also avoids incurring capital investments and you typically pay for only what you use.
- Flexibility – the Cloud allows you to quickly scale resources up or down according to your needs. This is a key benefit for organizations with variable compute cycles.
- Access to Latest Technologies – the Cloud typically leverages the latest and greatest technologies available in the industry. This includes fast processors, efficient storage, networking, and powerful software to deliver an optimal performance with reliability and security. It can be cost-prohibitive and disruptive to attain this optimal level of performance on your own.
Check back next week for part two of the series where we discuss the different types of Clouds and how to decide if the Cloud is right for you! In the mean time, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call and speak with one of our Solutions Architects.