So what is it?
Cloud is an increasingly popular term we’re hearing our clients requesting in our meetings with them. What we’ve learned is that the definition of cloud is understood by a lot of people and many have different definitions of what the cloud is to them.
Wikipedia defines it as:
Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different computing concepts that involve a large number of computers that are connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet). Cloud computing is a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition. In science, cloud computing is a synonym for distributed computing over a network and means the ability to run a program on many connected computers at the same time. The popularity of the term can be attributed to its use in marketing to sell hosted services in the sense of application service provisioning that run client server software on a remote location.
In our easier to comprehend terms, we think of cloud as increasing IT resources and services without having to invest in physical IT infrastructure. The processing power is provided by hardware that you had to purchase is offset to server farms remotely and the outcome information that your business requires is provided over the internet. Any IT services that are currently handled by a large physical server can be moved into the cloud. An example of this at a micro level is your word processor, on many machines people install Microsoft Word onto their local hard drive where their computer processor will operate the Microsoft Word. A cloud alternative to Microsoft Word is Google Documents where users can use any browser to type up documents and have remote servers process and store that information.
Does it fit my business?
So now you better understand what the word cloud means, there’s still a lot of consideration left to figure out whether cloud is right for your business.
Is absolute speed a priority?
Cloud computing is getting faster everyday with the focus and interest from businesses fueling its growth, however it’ll never be as fast as having dedicated hardware in your network located on premises doing the processing work. Speed of the cloud is also limited by your office’s internet service; the total amount of speed your office can access and the congestion your internet connection experiences throughout the day.
Does your business require dynamic and scaling computing?
If your business needs are uncertain or constantly changing than cloud computing is absolutely the right fit. Instead of buying extra hardware when needed businesses can leverage cloud services to scale to requirement.
Transparency of process
Does your business need to care about the underlying infrastructure when using or developing an application? Some services require the unique operating environments that clouds cannot provide.
Have more questions?
Interface Technologies provides cloud services at 151 Front St. Toronto, ON for numerous downtown Toronto offices. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us at 416-947-8485 or head over to the contact form to get more information.