Cloud computing is the practice of storing and managing data on a network of remotely located servers through the Internet, instead of personal computers or local servers. For most people, cloud computing or "The Cloud" has become such an ambiguous term that it has made it appear more complex or mysterious than it really is. The reality is that cloud computing is not all that different from a typical, on-site computer network -- it simply uses the internet to accomplish it's goals.
One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing touted by providers is cost savings. But is the cloud really less expensive than traditional network solutions?
Yes and no. Here's why...
Most cloud solutions operate on a subscription based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, which means companies pay an ongoing, monthly fee instead of an upfront fee. When looking at the longevity of cloud use, the total fees may not be cheaper but the operational payment structure (as opposed to upfront capital expense) makes it much more manageable. Ultimately, the potential for substantial cost savings comes down to an organization's needs and what those needs require from a networking standpoint.
Companies choose to USE cloud solutions for the following reasons:
- Improved IT expense management.
- Potential decrease in overall IT costs.
- More features and capabilities like improved scalability, agility and mobility.
Conversely, companies also choose to NOT USE cloud computing for the following reasons:
- Industry regulations & compliance concerns.
- Cloud solution migration is not financially viable.
- Lack of expertise to select & implement cloud solutions.
Important Note: A network does not have to operate solely in the cloud or on-premise. It can be a combination (or hybrid) of the two for various reasons. i.e. A company may primarily utilize an on-premise server yet backup their data using the cloud.
We help Los Angeles area companies with cloud computing consulting, solution adoption and ongoing management. And while we do help companies select and implement cloud solutions as a project, a vast majority of our clients utilize our Managed Cloud Services to help them optimize their use of the cloud while ensuring their employees and operations stay up and productive.
Our cloud services:
- Cloud Consulting
- Cloud Hosting
- Cloud Migration & Cut-Overs
Our cloud solutions:
- Microsoft Office 365
- Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Business)
- Google Cloud Platform
- Amazon Web Services - EC2
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- and many others...