Cloud computing is a valuable and versatile part of IT that is changing the way businesses operate. Rather than storing and transferring information locally to and from a physical server, cloud computing takes advantage of the Internet’s speed, scale, and accessibility through remote networks that do this work at other locations.
The Basics of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing leverages the physical hardware and storage capabilities, procured and managed elsewhere, to enable businesses the flexibility of using a third party’s technology on an as needed basis. A cloud service provider supplies access to its cloud depending on usage needs. There are many different layers offered via the cloud, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Together, these make up what you would typically see in a traditional on-premises environment and include the baseline infrastructure and storage, the operating system that makes the applications work, and the applications staff would use to do their day-to-day work. You also have the option of deploying a private, public or hybrid cloud environment, depending on your company’s needs.
The Prevalence of Cloud Computing
Since its introduction as a mainstream concept over the past two decades, cloud computing has been growing in popularity. Today, it’s estimated that over half of U.S. businesses are currently use the cloud, while up to 80% of large companies in North America either use or are preparing to implement cloud computing. And, usage of the cloud by small companies is expected to double by the year 2020. The business benefits and value of leveraging the cloud have become mainstream, giving confidence that the solution will be secure, safe, and cost effective. The scalability of cloud computing is also a benefit to small and medium-sized businesses that want flexibility as they grow, without the capital expenditures.
Let Nextrio help you navigate your cloud options, to find a solution that gets the most out of the technology you currently use for your business. We can help align your IT with your business needs as they evolve. Contact us at (520) 519-6301 or visit www.nextrio.com for additional information.