What is the cloud?
What is the cloud?
Cloud computing is a buzzword that means different things to different people. Some people think of the cloud as a way of describing the general outsourcing of technology, and others use it to describe the services provided over the internet, combine both together and you are only a small part of the way there.
Think of your everyday physical server or desktop computer, now imagine having the ability to ‘tap’ into that power on a global scale. Cloud computing allows users to access typical technology services including servers, desktops, storage and software across the internet provided as a ‘service’.
Let’s go back to your physical server, think of all the electricity it uses, how much do you spend on backups? Not just physical dollars, but time worrying about your backups, where they’re located and if they work. More often than not, cloud services handle all of this for you.
Are you still maintaining your own physical hardware?
Migrating your on-premise technology to the cloud allows your organisation to scale up and down as you need, and only pay for what you use. Combine that with the all the perks of being able to access your services from anywhere in the world, while maintaining safe and efficient data recovery and business continuity plans.
Take the pain out of your computing services. Go cloud!
Cloud Software or Software as a Service (SaaS) removes the need for organisations to install and run applications on their own computers or in their own data centres. This eliminates the expense of hardware acquisition, provisioning and maintenance, as well as software licensing, installation and support.
There are a number of well known SaaS applications already in the marketplace. For example, WordPress is a SaaS application known as a Content Management System or CMS. SugarCRM is a Customer Relationship Management tool, while Xero and Wiise are SaaS accounting packages.
Generally, when you hear online after a product name, it indicates a SaaS version of a traditional application, for example, QuickBooks Online indicates a SaaS version of Quickbooks.
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