It seems cloud computing, for both businesses and individuals, is here to stay, but it's still not obvious to everyone what it actually is. What are the main reasons to adopt cloud computing? People talk about IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, application deployment and provisioning, multi-cloud... but what does it all mean in basic terms and what are the advantages of cloud computing for businesses ?
Well, you know what: cloud – it’s just computer power, like that big, old brick you used to have under your desk. It's a means of storing and accessing computer power via the internet, instead of via your computer hard drive.
Ok, got that. So what is all the fuss about? Check out the following reasons to like cloud computing:
- Lower initial capital expenditure.
- Potentially no expensive software packages, as many software vendors provide a pay-as-you-go options
- Remote management of software. Updates can be done remotely, saving costs on engineer visits etc.
- Reduced power costs - so hurrah your pocket and the environment
- Expenditure on maintenance contracts is reduced
- Added flexibility, with the ability to increase and decrease resource consumption, only paying for what you use (pay-as-you-go)
- Many, many times more powerful than any box you could fit into your office.
- More secure, as your data is backed up off-site and managed by professionals
- Increased reliability. If there is an outage, it will be dealt with immediately at the data centre and you won’t have to wait for an engineer to come and sort it out.
- It sounds cool and everyone is doing it, with a reported 94% of companies looking at Infrastructure as a Service models.
So why wait? Get in touch with the SixSq team if you want more information on multi-cloud management platform solutions.