Cloud Computing Explained
Cloud Computing can give huge strategic advantages to some companies. Like selecting the correct tool for a job, business owners and managers need to make sure the technology they have in place will allow the company to operate efficiently. This means we must carefully examine how our company operates to determine if using Cloud Computing will help us reach or exceed our revenue and profitability goals.
As a business owner, I am always looking at how I can get a greater return on my money. If I invest in technology, whether that's servers, desktops, notebooks, software, backup devices, and so on, that's money I could have kept for myself, or invested elsewhere to potentially make a larger return. In the past, I didn't really have much of a choice, to stay competitive we needed all the servers, computers, software, and technical support to install and keep all computers, servers and technology running.
Choosing a Cloud Computing Company
Cloud Computing however, introduces a dramatic shift in this typical structure, one so significant that companies employing this change can have substantial cost savings, increase operational flexibility and profitability from increases in efficiency. Furthermore, the capital expenditure typically spent on hardware or software could be redirected in other areas.
Will my company benefit from Cloud Computing? There are specific attributes common among companies in industries, but as to not over generalize we explore the Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing. Here we look at what parts of our operations are ideal for running "in the Cloud", and what that means to us as business owners or managers. You may have noticed I did say parts of our operations. It may make since to use Cloud Computing for some of what we do, and not all of the company's operations. For example, part of a business continuity plan or disaster recovery plan may include secure and automated offsite backup. This backup strategy could leverage cloud computing to further ensure that the secure data is available across multiple locations. Should a company need to recover and one location (data center) is down, the backup can be recovered from another location. See Cloud Computing for Disaster Recovery to learn more about what is available and what the best strategy for your company would be.
A big concern regarding Cloud Computing is security. Cloud Computing Security - Cloud Computing Security Issues looks at Cloud Computing security in detail since we have many clients in the healthcare and financial industries that must operating accordingly to specific regulations, this has been a hot topic.
After reviewing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing, you may want to look at How does Cloud Computing Work - Diagram cloud computing which visually shows you how you can utilize cloud computing in your business.
Cloud Computing Companies - Aren't cloud computing companies all the same? Why shouldn't I just find the cheapest cloud computing company and go with them? Whether you are looking to invest in stocks of public Cloud Computing companies or considering shopping the various Cloud Computing companies, in our Cloud Computing Companies we delve into what cloud computing companies are out there, and give you some tips on what you need to know when you are considering signing up with a Cloud Computing company.