Cloud computing delivers hosted services over the Internet, including email applications, website hosting, and specialized software like Salesforce.com®. Software as a Service (Saas) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are both software services delivered via the Internet instead of installed on your computers. With cloud computing, you use someone else’s servers instead of investing in and maintaining the hardware yourself to run your business.
There are cloud services available for any business processes you have, and some businesses even move their entire operations to the cloud. There are also hybrid solutions if you have some applications or data that you want to stay on your property and manage others in the cloud.
Cloud services provide many business benefits, including cost savings, ease of scaling computing operations as your business grows, and extra data security.
How do you know if using cloud services is right for your business? Consider asking these questions:
1. Do you often have problems budgeting for technology purchases?
2. Do you struggle to manage your hardware and network?
3. Are you unable to implement mobility and manage changes to your infrastructure?
4. Do you find yourself wanting more time to manage your business instead of dealing with technology challenges?
5. Do you often wonder if your company’s technology and digital assets are secure enough, or worry what would happen if there was some disaster?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should look at what problems cloud computing could solve in your business.