Understanding Cloud Computing and the Benefits

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a term that is used often, but many of us do not know what it really means. Definitions that describe the cloud as scalable and elastic sound interesting, but how does that relate to you and your business?

What is the cloud?

The 5 Attributes of Cloud Computing for Business

  • Service-based
    Hosted by a vendor or service provider and available over the Internet
  • Scalable and elastic
    Scale up or down by adding or removing resources as needed
  • Shared
    Reach economies of scale by pooling resources
  • Metered by use
    Multiple payment models allow you to pay just for what you use
  • Internet technologies
    Services are delivered through familiar Internet platforms

Cloud Computing and Your Business

Cloud computing uses hosted resources to house your applications or infrastructure, freeing you from worries about hardware, cooling, power, and other IT infrastructure concerns, as well as the costs that go with them.