What Is Cloud Computing, Anyway?
According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is: “The delivery of computing and storage capacity as a service to a community of end-recipients.”
Um … yeah. So what does that really mean?
Well, “cloud” is used as a metaphor for the Internet, that beautiful, fluffy, vast computer network in the sky. When the term is applied to computing, it refers to a network that is located somewhere in a data center and is accessible from the Internet. So cloud computing is the combination of the Internet Cloud and the many data centers located around the world.
Basically, this means your network servers and business data live in servers in the Cloud, but you have access to them via the Internet. Think of it as a giant office building where everyone can use the infrastructure and services, but each business can customize their own office space.
Actually you’re probably already experiencing the benefits of cloud computing without knowing it. Many applications take advantage of this system: Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact, and LinkedIn, just to name a few. And, of course, Rubiconn’s private cloud solutions are even safer!
What are some of the business benefits of cloud computing?
- Lower IT costs (less hardware and software to purchase and maintain)
- Ability to access your desktop and/or applications from anywhere and any device
- Disaster recovery and backup are automated
- It’s faster and easier to set up new employees
- It’s a “greener” technology that will save on power and your electric bill
As you can see, cloud computing offers definite advantages to you, the “end-recipient.” It may not be a fit for every business, but the benefits are compelling enough to investigate further. Give us a call if you want to learn more about Rubiconn’s private cloud solutions.