There are many conversations regarding the Cloud these days,seemingly endless chatter on why to move to the cloud and why not to.
The first and most important thing to understand when itcomes to cloud computing is that it has not changed the goal of computing, justsome parameters. The goal of all computing is to produce valuable informationand data in as efficient and cost effective a manner as possible.
Cloud computing is the approach du jour to meeting the abovegoal.What makes cloud computing compelling are those specificparameters of operation that are native to its nature. The key characteristicsof a cloud model are:
- On Demand Self Service
- Broad Network Access
- Resource Pooling
- Rapid Elasticity
- Measured Service
This month we are keying in on the rapid elasticity, or howit can create rapid and unlimited scale for your business.
In cloud computing, capabilities (think new users, newservers, new applications) can be almost instantly provisioned at any scale. Atthe business consumer level, this is virtually unlimited as you can purchaseany number of additional servers, seats, etc. at any time.
And that rapid elasticity works in both directions,increases or decreases. Think about the power of being able to grow yourbusiness rapidly, add users, spin up new servers, adjust to projects orseasonal variations without having to extensively plan hardware and softwarepurchasing and the labor to roll them out. The vast majority of that complexityand the time associated with it becomes eliminated as services can be spun upin real time using existing shared infrastructure 'out in the cloud'.
This ability to match (and pay for) only what one needs inreal time, is one of the most compelling and easy to understand characteristicsof cloud computing. The fear of adding capital ahead of growth, or the cost ofplanning mistakes (from an IT infrastructure standpoint) are vastly reduced, allowingyou to focus on the realities of growing the business, adjusting labor, ortaking on huge one time projects instead of focusing on the realities of buyingor leasing hardware and rolling it out.
And that certainly is a recipe for Happy Computing!