What is “The Cloud”?
For many, “The Cloud” seems shrouded in mystery. In reality, Cloud Computing is simply a shift in how we use and pay for computing power, storage, and software.
Cloud computing can best be compared to your local utility. When you plug a device into an outlet and turn it on, a meter runs that measures how much electricity you use. You don’t have to know how the electricity was generated, how it was delivered or any of the other details that make this miracle possible. You just want to be able to use this resource when you need it and you pay accordingly.
In a similar fashion, cloud computing offers software, storage or computing power as a service.
Cloud computing is cost-effective. In the past, organizations had to make large capital investments in expensive server hardware with sufficient horsepower to cover peak times of the year. In most cases these servers were under-utilized the overwhelming majority of the time. The new cloud computing model allows businesses and consumers to pay for computing resources that are perfectly tailored to meet their needs.
Is the Cloud right for you?
There are a few basic questions to ask yourself when considering Cloud solutions. For example:
- Do you want to reduce the cost of ownership for the technologies your company uses?
- Do you want to be able to react quickly to IT demands and scale up or down based on the needs of your business?
- Do you want your services to be available when you want them, from anywhere?
- Do you want peace of mind knowing that your data is safely and securely stored at a data center with guaranteed uptimes?
- Do you want to focus on your core business strengths and not on IT?
At ISOutsource, we make no assumptions. As with any emerging technology, the first step is considering how the investment in cloud computing will solve your business needs and understanding any risk associated with the implementation. There are several components to consider when choosing to transform your business through the deployment of cloud solutions. Considerations include applications, storage and whether you are choosing a private, public or hybrid infrastructure for your deployment.
As with all technology implementations, the deployment of a cloud solution for your business goes beyond the technical components, it also requires an understanding and review of the underlying business processes.
We put your business first. ISOutsource is vendor-neutral and we do not resell hardware or software. As new technologies evolve, this allows us to identify solutions based on the business and technology needs of our clients.