What Cloud Computing really means

What Cloud Computing really means

Cloud Computing – The new buzz word in IT, cloud computing is all the rage. The problem is that, as with any new IT development, everyone seems to have a different definition.

Some would define cloud computing as a virtual server available over the Internet. Others suggesting that anything consumed outside the router is “in the cloud”.

In our personal opinion both these statements are correct. Hosted email exchange and offsite data backup offer further examples of standalone products, which Prism operate “in the cloud”.

There is of course also the ability to work from a dummy terminal and access a server over the internet, which holds all your data and runs all your business software.

So, how best to view this topic? As an early adopter, you may sway towards the advantages, while the followers among you will doubtless have concerns about the disadvantages. Some of the pros and cons are considered below:

Benefits

  • Can save the business upfront costs on server hardware
  • Standardisation of hardware and software throughout the business, as this is managed by the host company
  • A full cloud solution should ensure that your business data is backed up

Disadvantages

  • Requires constant and consistent internet connection
  • All your business data is hosted by a 3rd party, so, do you trust this business?
  • Although you save on upfront costs for hardware, monthly costs will undoubtedly increase

Is the cloud for you?

Only you will know the final answer to this question, and only after you have considered all your options. For some it may just be the need to manage emails, accountancy software or CRM (customer relationship management) software in the cloud, for others a complete remote solution might be the answer.

For further information on cloud computing, do not hesitate to contact your Prism account manager.