Month: January 2011

The advent of cloud computing

An efficient and affordable way to address your IT needs

Forget the days where you start your computer and then access your programs stored on the hard drive. Welcome to the world of Cloud Computing where everything right from your personal desktop, files, folders and programs to server and business applications are accessed by way of the Internet.

The system helps in greater mobility enabling you to access your desktop anywhere at anytime. The only requirement is a computer and an Internet connection whether a broadband or dial-up and hard wired or wireless.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a generic term used to describe third party hosted services accessed through the Internet. The different types of services include use of infrastructure known as Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software development in the form of business specific applications known as Software-as-a-service (SaaS).

A data center managed by a third part service provider where the hardware is owned by the service provider is an example of IaaS. The service provider is responsible for housing, running and maintaining the hardware like storage devices, servers and networking components.

SaaS involves use of software applications to conduct various business activities.

Some examples include

  • Streamlining daily operations
  • Conducting sales and marketing,
  • Number crunching tasks like accounting and managing finances
  • Addressing sophisticated communication needs involving transfer of data in various mediums

Companies can save considerably on their IT needs by way of cloud computing.

Limited upfront capital expenses: A noteworthy aspect, as mentioned above is zero expenses in procurement, setup and maintenance of the IT equipment something which is managed entirely by the service provider.

Pay-as-you-go model: Unlike traditional hosting services which charge a fixed amount usually on a monthly basis the best part about cloud computing is that businesses are billed according to demand.

So anytime you observe that you are not making optimum use of a particular resource you can simply deactivate it and cut costs, a luxury not available with traditional hosting. Why pay for extra storage capacity when you can easily make do with lesser space.

Security and reliability are additional benefits that cloud computing offers. Get a free quote to use Cloud Computing Services from