More and more businesses are realising how cloud computing can improve their productivity and growth. In an increasingly changing world, shifting resources to an online and scalable platform is essential when facing the challenges of the modern business world.
In very simplistic terms, the Cloud is the Internet. Taking that a step further, cloud computing is the pooling of businesses resources to an online format where they are more accessible, more communal and more flexible to changing business needs. While the concept of cloud-computing is decades old, recent years have seen a huge growth in cloud services. Increased interest has resulted in an abundance of game-changing cloud services backed by tech giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
By shifting the maintenance of servers, data bases and other hard assets to cloud service providers, business have been able to reduce their IT costs and re-focus their resources back to the industries they represent.
Scalability of hardware means smaller businesses get a fairer opportunity to enter markets by investing where it’s needed and then upscaling on demand.
For the more security conscious whose privacy in non-negotiable, cloud architecture can still be embraced locally and can provide the same advantages of access, collaboration and scalability via private or hybrid clouds.
The breakdown uses of some of the most common cloud services are best summarised in layers, each offering its own approach to control and demarcation of responsibility.
Software as a Service (SaaS) – As the name implies, the software is the service. Online and available anywhere. The direct access to the software means the user can focus on content without worrying about hardware, software, installations or maintenance.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) – This service provides a cloud-based platform for developing applications. The backend hardware and OS are already managed by the provider so the user does not need to concern themselves with upgrades or storage issues.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – The most robust service, it gives the user control over the processing, networking and storage facilities thus making it the most flexible. Its scalability makes it perfect alternative to escape the world of in-house or colocation arrangements.
If you wish to discuss what cloud strategy works best for your organisation whether it’s Hybrid, Full SaaS, PaaS based, DC in Cloud or a bespoke one, get in touch with us and we will be happy to schedule a session.