Jan 10, 2013
Dan Ushman

Regular readers know that I’ve previously written about the basics of cloud computing. In a sense it is something that most of us know backwards and forwards—yet it is a topic that we receive a lot of thanks for covering. From the enterprise space . . . as well as from small to medium-sized businesses . . . business decision makers appreciate an overview of cloud computing.

We’ve pulled together some basics from my earlier posts, and added some additional content for clarity, just to bring everyone up to speed, starting with those basic questions (Why is it called the cloud, anyways?) as well as an overview of the basic value propositions—which are vast.

The need for communicating basics like this was underscored by a recent survey that found that over 65% of IT professionals indicated they were uncertain about what Cloud Computing is and how they can leverage it to reduce costs and streamline operations.

And so we created our white paper, appropriately enough called Cloud Computing 101, which you can download here. We hope it helps increase awareness of Cloud Computing, and how cloud-based resources can be used to improve performance and reduce costs at all levels of the IT stack. Knowing everyone is busy, we went for conciseness, and are proud to say we’ve provided a great guide while managing to keep the paper to just four pages.

One section of our paper deserves repeating here. It covers the benefits of Cloud Computing, all of them significant on their own. Taken together they provide a wealth of opportunity, including:

  • Capital Expenditures. CapEx is reduced with cloud computing, as there is no need to purchase and provision hardware or software.
  • Freeing the Time of Technical Resources. Cloud computing allows you to focus on your core business, rather than IT operational issues. Technical resources can be focused on the areas of the business that generate true value, including product development.
  • Maintenance and Security. A good cloud provider backs up their service with IT professionals dedicated to updating operating systems, installing security patches, performing system backups, and ensuring that your cloud-based infrastructure is always up and ready.
  • Ability to Scale Up. As your business grows—or as temporary needs fluctuate—you can seamlessly add more resources with cloud computing. Compare this to the pre-cloud days when you needed to predict—or quickly respond to—growth, as well as come up with the funding to support new capital expenditures.
  • Ability to Scale Down. Does your test team need to spin up a large test environment? Is your business cyclical? Or did you happen to get a mention in national media and you need to take advantage of a spike in interest? With cloud computing you can scale up . . . and just as importantly, scale down when the need for computing infrastructure lightens.
  • Enhanced Sharing and Collaboration. Sharing and collaboration is easier with cloud computing. Whether working with a share of documents, images, sound or video files, the cloud can serve as a secure repository for teams whether working across the room from each other or across the globe.
  • Immediate Response. Operations that IT professionals once needed days, weeks or even months to complete, now take only minutes or seconds to achieve, working with your cloud provider.
  • Reliability. Servers go down and hard drives crash—costing businesses dearly in downtime and repair. With the right cloud provider, you benefit from massively redundant infrastructure.
  • Anywhere/Anytime Availability. The cloud enables your information workers to access the information with anywhere/anytime availability.

Click Here to download your free copy of Cloud 101 by SingleHop.

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