The Internet was the biggest game changer of the 20th century. It changed how people and businesses connected and shared information. Cloud Computing will transform how the world computes as much as, if not more than, how the Internet has transformed how the world connects and collaborates. It is the next generation of business IT and computing management.
In a corporate world that is technology driven, Cloud Computing is becoming essential for businesses that want to compete, win, and step ahead. The Cloud enables businesses to develop network solutions that make every-day operation simple and effective. Cloud Computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities. The days of traditional IT solutions are numbered.
When is Cloud Computing a Proper Fit?
Although Cloud Computing can be highly beneficial, and bring about tremendous cost-saving and corporate wide productivity gains, it is not the perfect fit for every organization. Cloud Computing is most appropriate for businesses that fit the following descriptions:
- Do not use many customized/specialized applications or systems.
- Distributed business environment with a sizeable mobile workforce.
- Core focus of the business is not IT-based.
- Lack of an in-house IT department or internal IT expertise.
- The business requires utilization of a datacenter but building and operating a private datacenter is too cost prohibitive.
- The business is a highly-regulated industry or has regulatory obligation to meet certain industry compliance and certification.
The Public Cloud refers to the hosting of a customer’s computing infrastructure by the Cloud vendor from the Cloud vendor’s premises. The customer has no visibility and control over where the Cloud services are being hosted. The computing infrastructure is shared between many organizations; however, the service is secured for the customer’s access only.
The Private Cloud means that the computing infrastructure is hosted on a “Private Cloud” platform, dedicated to a particular organization, and not shared with other organizations. There are two types of Private Clouds: on-premise Private Clouds and externally-hosted Private Clouds (externally-hosted Private Clouds are also exclusively used by one organization, but are hosted by a third-party that specializes in Cloud infrastructure).
The usage of both Private and Public Clouds together is called a Hybrid Cloud. This often entails the customer company’s use of its own personal (in-house) computing infrastructure for regular operations, combined with the hosting of certain additional services on the Cloud.