Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Clear View of Cloud Computing

A Clear View of

Cloud Computing

Author: Ziptech

Cloud computing is the latest buzzword in IT support and there has been a lot said about how to harness the power of the cloud, but it is such a new concept that no one has yet come up with a definition that is universally accepted. Nevertheless, even though the idea of cloud computing is still evolving it is making a big difference to the quality, reliability and timeliness of IT support services.

For now, cloud computing is best understood as internet-based computing, in which shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand. It could be likened to the electricity grid, where the power you need to drive your applications and access information is available online at the flick of a switch. Your computing needs are catered for by accessing a distributed network in which the software and information you need can be accessed at any time.

It may still seem a little opaque to the neutral observer, but fortunately a cloud computing consultant can help businesses to harness the power of this new model. IT support company Ziptech Services, for instance, is helping its customers to harness the power of the cloud, helping businesses to improve their IT support and save money.

 Cloud Computing Basics : A Clear View of Cloud Computing

So, how can a cloud computing consultant bring value to a business? Well, there are a number of ways in which the cloud can add value, not least the fact that it can eliminate the need to install expensive servers in the office. Instead of investing in the hardware, a business can access servers that are stored out there in the cloud using a broadband connection. The cloud computing consultant can manage the servers, so a company can hand over this expense and hassle to the experts.

With this model, up-front capital expenditure on server hardware is reduced - possibly to zero - and instead a business will pay a monthly fee for the use of servers and the support services that go with them. Depending on the software author a business uses, it may be possible to switch to a model in which a company's main business application is accessed on this basis, through a monthly fee that reflects the number of users of the software.

Furthermore, if the number of users of a business application increases, the cloud model provides a quick and simple way to scale up without the capital expenditure that would normally apply. Simply add more users, pay a higher monthly fee, and the applications are immediately available.

Given the obvious advantages that can be derived from engaging with a cloud computing consultant, the question is not whether to move into the cloud, but when and what to put into the cloud first. The best advice is to start now, before everyone starts to rely on the cloud for everything, and just take one step at a time.

Any cloud computing consultant that truly understands what the cloud can do will advise clients to test the water first and then gradually move IT infrastructure into the cloud. IT support is a good first step, as it enables an engineer to log onto a PC remotely - with permission - to fix problems, rather than having to visit a desk in person. Problems are fixed faster and at lower cost. From there, hosted applications, email and online data backup can follow into the cloud.

Still unsure? Then call a cloud computing consultant for advice. Often you can get a free consultation that will help you to decide how the cloud can benefit your business.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/programming-articles/a-clear-view-of-cloud-computing-4691825.html

About the Author
Ziptech Services is an IT support company that focusses on providing IT services for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK. Its dedicated team of experts has a long history in online companies and the computer retail businesses, and has built a track record of success in helping clients to make the most of the latest innovations in the internet space.