Why Cloud Services?

Are you considering making the move to the cloud for your company?  If you’re not sure if the move is right for you, or you just aren’t sure what “The Cloud” even is, here are some things to get you started.

Cloud computing is nothing much more than you, or your company using somebody else’s computer hardware to manage and store all your I.T. needs, rather than owning, managing and maintaining it yourself, on your premises.

One of the key benefits of using a cloud-based service, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud, is Rapid Elasticity. Rapid elasticity allows a company to rapidly expand and then contract as needed, without having to make large investments in hardware infrastructure, platforms or software to meet volatile and unpredictable markets.

Say you have a product or service that explodes overnight or with very short notice. With a cloud service you would be able to scale up to meet the I.T. demands, then scale back as that demand diminishes or levels out. You only pay for what you use, and this can happen as your business cycle needs it.

There are three main services that are provided in the cloud:

1.      Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), or this is sometimes referred to as Hardware as a Service (HaaS) – A typical IaaS set up provides leased servers, network hardware and storage in a virtualized environment. You manage the software applications, security and people to run it. An example of IaaS would be a web hosting service, such as BlueHost or GoDaddy.

2.      Platform as a Service (PaaS) – A typical PaaS set up provides your infrastructure, as well as the operating system, people to run and maintain it. If you are a web developer and only wish to concentrate on writing the code for your app, then this would be a good fit for you.

3.      Software as a Service (SaaS) – Is what its name suggests. You concern yourself with using it, and they take care of the rest. Think about web-based email etc.  

The information provided above is a small example of what cloud-based computing is and does. Virtualized environments are growing daily, with more corporations choosing this business model to reduce the on-premise space and expense included with buying, maintaining and upgrading costly hardware.  

Learn more at XL DIGITAL MEDIA. They can help set up your business in the cloud.


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