All kinds of businesses, of all sizes, have embraced cloud computing since it became widely accessible about a decade ago. The cloud offers a wide variety of solutions for businesses. Could cloud computing assist you with your business technology needs? Let’s take a look at some of the options available.
The Cloud Defined
Before we do that, let’s just specify what ‘the cloud’ is. Basically, it’s a decentralized network of resources. In other words, it’s a network where data is stored and that multiple computers and workstations can access. This makes data-sharing and collaboration easier than ever before. The cloud offers software and raw processing power, as well as data storage. It’s convenient and cost-effective.
Cloud Computing Options
The cloud is very flexible, and can help in numerous ways. The first option you have is the type of cloud you want to participate in.
The public cloud: This is provided by a third-party, who is responsible for delivering and maintaining all the computing resources that it offers. Businesses can reap the benefits of a range of cloud solutions, without having the responsibility of maintenance and management.
The private cloud: As the name suggests, this is a cloud that an organization owns and runs itself. The infrastructure is located in-house. The disadvantage is that maintenance and management is the organization’s own responsibility. The advantage of the private cloud is that it’s the best way to keep your data secure.
The hybrid cloud: An option which combines features of both the public and private cloud is known as a hybrid cloud.
All of these cloud models can help you with your business computing. As mentioned, there are many options available to users.
Software-as-a-Service (Saas): Back in the day, you bought your software upfront, typically paying additionally each year when updates were released. Saas means that you are licensed to use the software in your cloud package, without a substantial initial investment in the software, or additional payments when it’s updated.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas): To run your business technology, you need the infrastructure. With Iaas you have that access, without having to purchase your own servers and allied network hardware. A major plus is that you don’t have to be responsible for maintenance and management.
Platform-as-a-Service (Paas): This is essentially the whole package, with everything you need for your business, including infrastructure, software and more. Again, the provider is responsible for management and upkeep.
Would you like to enhance your business technology with cloud computing? We can advise you on the best choices for your organization. Call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644 for more information.