Cloud computing is one of the latest buzzwords coming out of the technology industry that has many people scratching their heads and wondering if this is something they should implement within their business. In simple terms, cloud computing is a solution that consists of accessing applications through the Internet versus an internal network server that is physically located in your office. Popular examples of cloud computing include hosted email, online data backup, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted IP based phone service (hosted VoIP).
A complete cloud computing environment entails the outsourcing all of your network servers and associated applications to a third-party datacenter where another company has the responsibility for the maintenance and uptime of your technical infrastructure.
The main benefit of cloud computing includes a lower total cost of ownership that results from the more efficient utilization of technology. For example, through the use of virtualization technology, a number of servers may be consolidated into one physical server—resulting in reduced cost as well as providing enhanced support capabilities via centralized
Some of the concerns we hear from clients with this solution involves considerations around data security, reliance on internet service uptime, bandwidth performance, maintenance and support as well as vendor management.
However, we still believe that cloud computing is a viable solution that is definitely worth further consideration.