Join the Cloud Revolution!
Don’t fear “the cloud”. Forget the hype. Most businesses are already leveraging software or services by way of cloud computing one way or another — whether they are aware of it or not. And despite recent highly-publicized breaches of private information by retailers, those breaches were not the result of subverted cloud computing infrastructure, but so-called old-school targeted social-engineering attacks, or by exploiting proprietary vendor software — nothing to do with the Cloud at all!
Running your own servers renders a toll. Licensing, electricity, hardware upkeep, updates, and other considerations are required to keep them running. The value of Cloud Computing is in delegating the responsibility to an expert third party, and sharing equipment costs and overhead with other businesses, which typically results in a dramatic cost reduction. The cloud service provider’s one and only job is to keep the systems running 24/7. Any equipment failures, disaster recovery planning & response, redundancy and support request are entirely their responsibility and all included in the service contract. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees a high level of performance.
Hybrid Cloud/Virtualization solutions can be a boon to your business by enabling a rapid recovery of servers in a disaster recovery scenario — put simply, a failed server may be restored to operational capacity without requiring new hardware.
Some recognizable names compete in the Cloud computing industry — Google, Amazon, and Microsoft among them. Other common services like Dropbox are considered Cloud computing solutions.