Cloud Computing Articles
Everybody seems to be excited about Cloud Computing these days. You hear about “the Cloud” just about everywhere, from television to printed ads to the Internet. It seems as if every company is moving to the cloud in some way. Why is this? What are the new benefits of cloud computing that are causing this shift? The article will examine and discuss a handful of these.
Before we dive into the benefits of using the cloud, let’s take a moment to define it.
The push these days is for businesses to move to the cloud. Yet for all of the hype the move to the cloud has received, there remains one issue that most companies are failing to get a handle on: latency. There are a variety of causes for latency. The distance between the office and the data center can be one. There can also be congestion on the network along with packet loss. Is there any way to accelerate things to lower the latency and get better performance? This article will discuss several options that can help.
Many times companies have their offices located in one part of the country and their data centers located in another part of the country. In the United States, a company can be based on the west coast but have its data centers on the east coast. This distance between the two can lead to slow file transfers and inefficient application performance. For some applications, it is critical that the cloud provider have a data center that is in the same region as the company’s office. Choosing a provider with multiple data centers across the country can help in doing away with the latency caused by physical distance issues.
With the advent of cloud computing, there’s been a lot of discussion, research, analysis, and advertising hype about how the “cloud” affects SMBs (small-to-medium sized businesses), and how these businesses can benefit from this fairly new technology.
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.
Although cloud computing has been around for nearly a decade, very few people understand how it works. The truth of the matter, though, is that cloud computing is something we all use every day without realizing it. Cloud computing is a very general term that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. So, each time you use your laptop computer, phone, Playstation 2, PDA, or other Internet device, you are using cloud computing in one form or another.
"Cloud computing" has replaced Web 2.0 as the IT world's newest buzzword. Thanks to the potential unlocked by virtualization technology and vast investments from major players, cloud computing is poised to lead the next revisualization of the Internet. Its influence lies in giving huge amounts of processing power to small, portable devices by crunching data and serving software from the cloud. Soon, all important documents, data and email will be saved on a virtual server, which will allow users to access that information from any location.
The most profound impact of cloud computing is the fact that it is forcing companies to change their business models. This shift has come in the form of SaaS(software-as-a-service) instead of the soon-to-be-outdated model, SaaP (software-as-a-product). No longer will you need to buy a copy of Microsoft Office off the shelf (unless Microsoft can convince you otherwise), because the cloud will be able to support programs that were installed on hard drives at a considerable price.
The extent of cloud computing: A total of 69% of all internet users have used cloud computing, whether that means they have stored data online or used a web-based software application.