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What You Should Know About the Cloud

With it being early 2016 now, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone that hasn’t at least heard about the cloud. However, finding those that actually know what the cloud is and how it works could be much more of a challenge. We’ve all heard IT support specialists, computer nerds and other technology-focused pros refer to the cloud as if the technology was common knowledge and may have even nodded in agreement as if we knew the references, all the while thinking “I gotta find out more about this cloud-thing”. Which is our intent with this blog. We want to help you understand more about this intriguing aspect of business and personal computing. Here are the basics:

There are two basic versions of the cloud: Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Though there exists several different varieties of these cloud services, the technology behind it comes down to these two types. With SaaS, a user would use a provider’s software and server systems to store its data and applications. The user would pay a fee for ongoing access to their data through the use of a web browser.  With IaaS, the user is responsible for obtaining and installing the servers and storage systems to run their own operating system. They basically have all the fundamentals needed to access their own cloud.

The cloud allows companies to adjust their data storage needs as required. Cloud computing systems offer the ability to avoid long-term tech services contracts that no longer meet the needs of that company. The cloud’s versatility also allows companies to replace their outdated and under-performing servers and networks with a more advanced, faster running infrastructure at little cost to the business.

Having a cloud computing provider allows a business to free up the time of their IT staff. Most tech members spend most of their time maintaining and troubleshooting the data storage servers of a company. With the capabilities of the cloud and its technologies, an organization’s IT members can work more on advancing in-house projects that are crucial to the future of the company’s business.

 

More Reasons To Switch To Private Cloud Computing In MO

As we spoke about in our last blog on cloud computing in MO, there are many benefits that your company can reap when you switch over to private cloud computing or at the very least, virtualization. Here at FracRack, we’re completely capable and ready to help you make this transition so that things go as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Today we’re back with a couple more reasons why your company should seriously consider transitioning over to private cloud computing.

  • Better resource management means you’ll be able to fully utilize your hardware. It’s true – virtualization will significantly increase the value of your physical server hardware. That means that instead of having 5 physical servers with an average of 10% CPU utilization, you can virtualize the 5 servers with FracRack onto one physical server. This means you’ll decrease rack space, it’s easer to manage, and you’ll lower your power usage.
  • When you transition to from physical servers to virtual ones, you get better flexibility. This is possibly one of the biggest alluring benefits of switching to cloud computing. You’ll never look back after being able to spin up and tear down a server in a matter of minutes as this is incredibly useful and powerful. You can say goodbye to the wasted effort of trying to size a server when you can create one on the fly. Need more RAM? Need more disk space? Need more CPU? No problem! When you transition to cloud computing, you’re able to reallocate resources in minutes.

Why Your Company Needs To Transition To Private Cloud Computing In MO

Cloud computing in MO, a huge buzzword in the IT world over the past few years, has brought incredible promise to the world of information technology. Pooled computing resources, divided and allocated to different users, have been proven in the development and testing realm of IT to have tremendous benefits. Today we’ve compiled a couple reasons why we think that it’s time your company rethink your IT infrastructure and consider moving towards private cloud computing.

  • You will save time and money when you switch to private cloud computing. This is one of the best parts about the private cloud! Not only do you get all of the great benefits of security and virtualization, but it can also be more cost effective and less work than hosting your own in-house servers or buying your own dedicated servers. As a rule of thumb, if your company has more than 2 dedicated servers, it could greatly benefit from virtualization. If your company has over 10 servers, it’s time to seriously consider private cloud computing with FracRack.
  • Connecting a SAN to your private cloud allows for improved protection against data disasters. Not only will you be able to load balance between servers, but you will also be able to shut down one server without causing any downtime if you have at least 1 extra server. Imagine performing maintenance on your server without experiencing any downtime! Your IT team wouldn’t be able to thank you enough.

The conclusion here is that private cloud computing in MO saves your company money, time, and helps you and your IT team sleep easier.

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