Cloud computing refers to the “next evolution” of the Internet and how we all will access applications, files, e-mail, data and more. Instead of having everything stored on a PC or laptop, cloud computing puts this workload onto a high-speed, high security server that you can access from any Internet connection or device.
This is important because:
- You can access your files from anywhere at any time using any internet enabled device.
- You realize a cost savings on IT support, hardware maintenance and software purchases.
- You pay for only what you use. I heard a good example of this at our last Technology Session at the last National Convention. Which is, the way you access the electricity that runs into your home? To use it you plug in your appliance (device). This electric service is metered and you pay for what you use.
- Cloud solutions have already configured backup and hardware redundancy.
- The setup of your applications is straightforward and effortless.
- There is built in support for your applications
You are most likely already using cloud computing without even knowing it such as personal Gmail or Yahoo account, emailing services like Constant Contact and Summit’s Docupace, Albridge and webmail. Also, you hear the term SaaS when discussing these types of applications. (SaaS is “Software as a Service”)
Many businesses move to cloud computing or SaaS because it frees them from the time consuming tasks of running installs, constant hardware upgrades and maintenance, and quite simply the purchase of overblown PCs. Also, if you need to add additional users to the same application you are using, these MAC (Move, Add and Changes) tasks are simple and easy. The other advantages include unlimited storage, backup, a high level of security, the ability to access with an internet connection and maintenance of traditional server-workstations networks.
However, as positive as cloud computing sounds, not all applications are aligned for the cloud. Still many line-of-business applications can’t be hosted in the cloud and require an internet connection, maintenance and backups. We are all “In the Clouds” because cloud computing is here to stay. For more information on Summit Brokerage Services, visit www.joinsummit.com or contact us at (800) 354-5528.