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 The cloud’s versatility also allows companies to replace their outdated and under-performing servers and networks with a more advanced, faster running infrastructure at little cost to the business.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.

 

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