Here we will share a few view points with you on cloud services, what is it and some of the buzz words that surround this technology. Cloudy Views as we called it doesn’t really fit Cloud technology is good. So good in fact that we use it ourselves, so we practice what we preach.
As with the clouds in the sky, cloud computing comes in a variety of different forms. The terminology used to describe these is ‘SOMETHING – as-a-Service (SaaS) the main ones are:
Software as a Service (Saas) where specific applications are provided on a subscription basis. Key applications include email and office applications although there are many others – See below for some examples.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides businesses with a platform on which they can create and deploy custom apps, databases and services.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allows businesses to purchase infrastructure from providers as virtual resources. Components include servers, firewalls and more.
Taking to the cloud
For many businesses, SaaS is likely to be the primary type of service used. Sometimes referred to as on-demand software, applications are usually priced on a per user per month subscription.
One of the first services a small or medium sized business might consider will be their email service with the benefits of reduced costs (Compared to purchasing the licences and hardware outright), flexibility (easy management of emails for example) and excellent business continuity (You data is saved in a highly secure environment).
Moving beyond email, SaaS offers rental versions of office application such as Microsoft Office 365, file storage, CRM and many other applications. Often, businesses will migrate to cloud services when their hardware and/or software needs upgrading. However, for others, the benefits of the cloud are clear and as long as there is a good business case, they will transfer at least some of their applications over.