So what’s all the fuss about ‘Cloud Computing’ and how is this relevant to my business?
SaaS. Well the ‘Cloud’ is really just another term for ‘The Internet’ and if you’ve ever seen any I.T. diagrams or illustrations then this analogy would be clear. ‘Cloud Computing’ on the other hand or more specifically ‘SaaS’ (Software as a Service) allows an individual to store, access and manipulate their data on the Internet on any device with just an Internet connection and browser software. Much of the technology is both mature and stable having been around for many years and it’s profile continues to be raised as big names in the business provide more and more services.
Web Apps. So, as a small to medium business, how can this technology help me? Well for a start you have to recognise that this concept moves away from the traditional approach, where a business invest in it’s own I.T. infrastructure i.e. Networks, Email and Application Servers, Desktop computers and productivity software.
Instead your software is typically delivered as a Web application through nothing more than an Internet Browser i.e. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
Although many ‘Web Apps’ are feature rich, they can sometimes be a little lacking in comparison with their desktop counterparts. This does not often present too much of a problem and just a change of approach can sometimes provide a solution. There are also hybrid products that try to offer the best of both worlds and can sometimes be another solution for your business.
What’s for sure though, is that ‘Cloud Computing’ in one form or another is here to stay and with large financial backing, will continue to adapt to the environment in which it competes.
Public vs Private Cloud. We can offer solutions for both and which to choose will very much depend upon your requirements. We offer solutions from large well know providers like Microsoft and Google as well as some less well known ones.
Not only that but we utilise both in our own business which helps us to understand what works well and what doesn't.