We frequently speak with clients about cloud computing. There is much confusion and varying opinions on what cloud computing is. From our vantage point cloud computing is a marketing term that encompasses a broad array of services.
According to Wikipedia “Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).” So how does this affect your organization?
For many cloud computing can range from customer owned hardware and software hosted in a remote service provider data center, service provider virtual machines housing customer applications, turnkey applications hosted in a “private” company intranet, or Internet based turnkey applications that are shared globally among a variety of companies. In the purest sense of terms Cloud Computing is “Infrastructure as a Service” replacing the need for dedicated hardware, software, and local data centers as the infrastructure moves to the cloud and is hosted by the service provider.
Identifying where cloud computing fits in your organization can provide significant benefit or risks depending the approach and the information your company houses. In addressing the cloud, organizations must consider the potential financial benefits, performance impacts. regulatory requirements, and security risks before moving any initiative forward.
A clear strategy will pay dividends and reward the right approach. Network Management Solutions can assist in the decision process. Please contact us for further information.