By now, many of you have heard the terms “cloud computing” or “cloud storage”, but you may have found yourself asking what exactly it is! In the simplest of terms, the cloud is the internet. I know it doesn’t seem like it could be that easy with the terms IaaS, PaaS and SaaS flying around, but it is.
Try to think back to when the only way to save a file or a picture was to save it to your hard drive or even further back than that, a floppy drive disk. Today, you can save that same picture to Flickr or that same file to Dropbox; both of which are considered “the cloud.” Most of you probably use the cloud every day without even realizing it. When you log into your G mail account or join a GoToMeeting online, you are using a cloud application service or Software as a Service (SaaS).
One of the most beneficial uses for cloud services that we see at One Source Communications, is the ability to extend your current data’s footprint without the upfront infrastructure costs. By using cloud infrastructure services or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), businesses are given greater flexibility with their business requirements. You gain the ability to scale up and down quickly and to respond to growing, or decreasing, business demands. This model comes with cost savings benefits, as most IaaS models are pay-as-you-go. You are also able to remove inflated upfront infrastructure costs for servers. IaaS cloud services allow businesses to develop a comprehensive and simple disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity plan. The use of cloud services eliminates the need for your business to have an off-site backup for data as the information is backed up to a cloud provider’s data center and in the case of a disaster, the information can be accessed from anywhere rather simply.
The biggest impact that cloud services will have on your business is allowing you the ability to get back to focusing on your core business.
If you are interested in learning more about cloud services and how they might can impact your business, please contact our Sales and Solutions Engineer today!
OSC Sales and Solutions Engineer