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Cloud Computing-Whats all the buzz about?

Cloud Computing – What’s all the buzz about?

Cloud Computing

With so much attention surrounding cloud-computing and cloud-based services such as Salesforce, one truly has to wonder what all the hype is about.  To start out, lets just clarify what “cloud computing” exactly means. Because when you take a look a close look at it, it is nothing more then a network of computers; on one side you have the end-user and on the other end you have the network of computers that handles the software and hardware demands. What this means is that there is a huge reduction in the amount of workload a user’s computer must undertake. Rather then having to install expensive software and hardware, the user simply can run the same cloud hosted program with a simple interface software, such as a web browser. As a matter of fact, you may have already used a cloud-based service. If you have a Gmail, Yahoo, or Godaddy web-based email account then there’s a good change you’ve experienced cloud computing.

Below are the 4 main types of cloud computing services that are most popular and you will most likely to find:

 1.    Software as a Service (Saas)

The best example of a widely used SaaS would be Salesforce. It’s ingenuity has resulted in its users having to put zero upfront investment in servers or software licensing to be able to enjoy the wonderful product. Don’t be surprised to see other high-level enterprise solutions such as ERP systems slowly make their way to the cloud space. There are already handfuls competing for their piece of the market.

 2.    Platform as a Service (PaaS)

With the huge growth and popularity of the SaaS model also followed the groundbreaking Platform as a Service; a cloud based platform for building and developing custom software applications. This new infrastructure dramatically has reduced the workload IT departments must take on with regards to maintaining and upgrading operating systems and servers. Now instead are able to focus more of their attention on developing quality software and products and less on the actually infrastructure powering it.

 3.    Web Services and API’s

Rather then having to develop and deploy fully-fledged applications, developers are now able to take advantage of dozens of free API’s that allow them to provide the same robust functionality over the internet through API’s and web services. Some examples are Google Maps, Facebook, and Amazon.

 4.    Utility computing

Virtual servers and cloud storage are the most common examples you can find. Services like Dropbox allow users to store all their files in a central location that can be accessed from any one of their computers. And for IT departments it means they can slowly migrate their data centers and reduce their administrative overhead and the amount of investment they must make to maintain their servers and hardware.

Final thoughts

There is no question that this new shift in technology is both a win-win for consumers as well as service providers. For consumers it eliminates the high acquisition costs of expensive software and hardware and for service providers it allows them to deploy, update, and maintain all their products and services from a single location. The only questions you may need to ask yourself now is if you are willing to risk all your data and operations at an off-site location.

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