It’s easy to get caught up in the complexities surrounding your business applications and infrastructure resources. Data centers, network connectivity, servers and storage, cooling, and a team of experts to install, configure and run them are all important considerations, with each upgrade potentially impacting the whole system.
The cloud can change all that. It allows any IT resource to be consumed as a utility, from simple applications to a complete server infrastructure, and be delivered to you as on-demand services over a network. You’ll enjoy advanced IT services without extensive capital investment, skilled staff or ongoing operational headaches.
Cloud is the result of a convergence of three worlds: consumers, business and technology. The rise of mobility, social networking and mobile devices has created a new norm for interaction with customers and employees.
There are three main attributes that are common to cloud services. The first is elasticity, which means that resources can be provisioned and de-provisioned in real time to meet workload demands. The second is on-demand, which means that resources are provided on a “pay-as-you- go” basis. This is counter to the traditional approach of incurring the upfront capital expenses and ongoing operational expenses, even if the resources are underutilized.
The final attribute is ubiquity because services from the cloud are available via the worldwide Web. This enables user interfaces that go beyond traditional workstations to include cell phones and other appliances.