Cloud Computing Basics
You hear about cloud computing all the time, probably. They tried pumping it around the beginning of 2011, like it was some kind of new boom, but it was bad marketing; the people who heard about it – aside from a small percentage of techsters – probably had no idea what the commercials were talking about. Which brings us to a cogent point… what exactly is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is an entire platform where instead of using a local server for the management, processing, and storage of your data, you use a system of remote servers. It is also a plan where a variety of computing services are offered via some type of plan on the net. The reason it’s called a cloud is that diagrams of the setup of the system usually end up being shaped like a cloud.
Software as a service, Platform as a service, Infrastructure as a service, and all the other “*aas”-es are what make the Cloud such an auspicious, high-potential game changer for the computing world. Cloud computing allows businesses to share servers over remote areas, rather than to purchase them for their own personal use. These servers are, in general, managed and operated by top-level technicians and tech people. The “shared” aspect of cloud computing means that costs are shared as well, which is what really appeals to most people about the whole setup… the low cost.
So what about your own IT guy? Sure, you may need him around sometimes, but more and more in house IT is becoming merely a part of an overall job description. With cloud services, the overall IT cost is trimmed down considerably, and many businesses get rid of their IT staff completely. It may not be necessary to get so extreme, but may indeed be a possibility. This is a time of great frugality for many businesses, even large ones. The connectivity and incredibly high service afforded by cloud computing makes it almost a no brainer as a solution for all computing needs, and many more businesses are going to come into the fold as the trend continues to unfold.
What are the limiting factors, keeping cloud computing from taking off the way it seems it ought to? Like all things online, security is a major concern. But with all things computer, if there is a way to fix it, somebody is going to find it. Hermetic cloud services are available now, but they are relatively expensive. Only when the cost of totally secure cloud goes down dramatically will we see small businesses getting on board with the service.
Hopefully it happens soon, because small businesses are likely to be the ones who benefit from cloud computing the most. The cost effectiveness, combined with such a high level of service and connectivity would be enough to tilt the playing field ever so slightly in their direction. Small breaks like that make a huge difference for frugal, well-run small businesses. Let’s wait and see what happens.
Chris Devlin serves as CEO for Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems expertized in various IT services by providing the best solutions for you businesses on cloud compuing, virtualization, backup and recovery, and managed services.