Cloud Services or Cloud Computing refers to the ability of users to access computing resources from any location across the Internet. Another characteristic of Cloud Computing is that it is very scalable – meaning it can work nicely for a small company with 5 users, or a large enterprise with 5000 users.
From an article in the Detroit Free Press:
Using the cloud — a catch-all term for storing data or completing tasks through off-premise servers — has become a key focus of businesses small and large.
Tapping into the cloud allows companies to abandon on-premise servers and IT departments tasked with maintaining and troubleshooting computing resources inside their own four walls.
“At the end of the day, the less IT resources you have on premise and focus instead on your core business the better.” Vanessa Alvarez, cloud-computing analyst at Forrester Research.
Cloud Computing Advantages
Ability To Upgrade
One of the largest expenses in a traditional IT department is upgrading, troubleshooting and fixing in-house server solutions. In the cloud, those servers are maintained and upgraded automatically by a provider…
Ability To Scale
Using cloud computing also allows business to make it safely through sudden or anticipated spikes in data processing, like the holiday shopping season for merchants. If those merchants managed their own IT services, they would have to anticipate that spike and maintain that high level of computing resources in-house year-round, even when they only used a fraction.
Flexible Computing Resources
The cloud isn’t just about storing data on far-away servers. Tapping into the cloud also allows companies to create virtual machines — theoretical computers that sit fully inside the cloud. Virtual machines aren’t actually computers, they’re just chunks of the cloud, but they can perform all the same tasks. And, to the end user, there’s no knowing that the applications and files they’re accessing are actually stored far away and not on their machine. Using them reduces a business’ reliance on buying and maintaining traditional and high-powered computer hardware and allows it to set aside segments of the cloud devoted to computing tasks…
Contact us to see how your organization can benefit from the many attractive features of Cloud Computing such as:
- Online Backup
- Hosted Systems and Applications
- Hosted Microsoft Exchange Services
- Virtual Servers
- Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Services
Enjoy the many benefits of cloud computing without having to invest in expensive servers, hardware and licensing. Let M2 Technology manage these systems for you and rest assured that they will be available any time you need them.