Is the buzz around the ”Cloud”
giving you a headache?
With all the hype around it, the Cloud may sound more like ”pie in the sky” to you. If so, you are not alone.
The truth about the Cloud is this simple:
”The ”Cloud” is a way to add services or capacity
without having to buy new equipment.”
A good analogy for cloud computing is the way electricity is distributed over a grid or network to its client locations. With Cloud computing, you have applications that are generated in one location and you, the client, benefit by using those applications from wherever you are. The Internet acts like the wire, delivering the application to your computer desktop.
In general, Cloud computing has these benefits:
• Internet driven
• Multitenant (i.e., more than one business operating at the same time)
• Priced by usage, storage quantity or by license
• Disaster Recovery
To understand even more, these three key definitions may explain how the Cloud works for business:
- Software as a Service. If you have ever subscribed to a web-based application (Google apps, salesforce.com, etc.), you’ve experienced software as a service, otherwise known as SaaS. (IT people love acronyms almost as much as the government does.) Basically, SaaS is when the software applications you use run on someone else’s equipment in a dedicated section reserved for your business and its information. It doesn’t tie up your computers, desktops or servers and you only pay for the piece that you use.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS), aka Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). These terms are a fancy way of saying that your applications and data are using another company’s servers or storage devices to run your programs and applications. Think of it as a relief valve for your computer system that runs in the background.
- Communications as a Service (CaaS). While technically a subset of #1 and #2, CaaS uses Cloud computing – both Saas and PaaS – to provided Voice over Internet (VOIP), hosted VOIP, with a slew of telecommunications features and options without the infrastructure costs associated with traditional on-site PBX systems.
In short, the telecommunications industry has tapped into the flexibility and scalability of the Cloud to provide more and better telephony services at lower prices based on how you use them. Using the Cloud can improve phone services, increase call capacity, provide business continuity and disaster recovery, allow for business expansion or shrinkage, and integrate with a variety of office applications, such as accounting, email and CRM systems.
VOIP and hosted VOIP put small companies on par with their larger competitors, offering a wide range of features, applications and tracking tools that can optimize your operations and integrate with your existing communications infrastructure.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Cloud and how to put it to work in your business, contact Cory Communications today.