Cloud Insight

The Business Landscape is changing.

First, cloud computing is not a new technology, but rather a powerful model of computing which takes advantage of increased internet speeds, faster processors, and advanced software applications. In a cloud model, servers, networks, applications and other data center elements are made available via the internet, rather than on site. Users connect to their applications and files via personal computers or mobile devices and an Internet connection. It really is that simple.

Change the Way You Think About IT

The cloud brings a fundamental change to IT resource utilization since the desktop computer is no longer the focal point of the computing model. While the front-end experience is the same, your investment in hardware for each user decreases substantially. More importantly, users are more productive because they spend time working with technology rather than fighting it.

Front end, back end, and other IT innuendos

When referring to cloud computing systems, it’s helpful to consider two sections: the front end, or the client’s computers and mobile devices, and the back end “cloud”, which includes the system of computers, servers and storage systems that serves data and applications to the front end.

A cloud system utilizes a significant workload shift, as local computers are no longer used to run applications. Instead, the network of systems in the cloud handles them. Traditional hardware and software demands on the client side front end are substantially decreased. The only thing the user’s computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system’s interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser. The cloud’s network takes care of the rest.

With cloud computing, a single vendor can:

  • host, update and manage software, applications, and files;
  • respond to performance, integration and connectivity issues; and,
  • provide crucial behind-the-scenes services such as information back-ups, data storage, and system monitoring, security, and redundancies.