Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Even though cloud computing is still in its infancy with users gradually discovering it and how it can help them, a number of benefits have emerged. In order to holistically analyze this type of computing, read the benefits mentioned below.

Benefits for CSPs (Cloud Service Providers)

Cloud computing benefits both who use it as well as those who provide it. If you are a CSP (cloud service provider), there are a number of benefits that you will get. Some of them are as follows:

1. Optimum Utilization
If you are on the catering side of the business, your service will be typically be used by a diverse range of users who will use different types of applications, features and at different times and of different volumes. Hence, the load of the hardware will be distributed in different ways and at different times.

2. Economies of Scale
When it comes to cost, this type of computing follows the economies of scale policy. Although fixed costs are high as they are with the setup of any data center. However, the bigger you grow the lesser per unit cost gets. Hence, if you provide reliable service to your customers, your business will flourish with positive word of mouth and marginal cost will eventually decrease.

3. Flexibility
Cloud computing works on virtual servers instead of physical ones. Hence, if the load becomes too much for a particular set of hardware to handle, the data and processes can be easily shifted to another set of servers. Also when the load is relatively light, the load can be shifted to only a few servers while the others can be put to rest for the time being.

Benefits for Users
Users of cloud computing too will it to their benefit in a number of ways.

Low Cost
Since cloud computing is a service, no investment in hardware has to be made. All you need to do is to subscribe to the services of a CSP (Cloud Service Provider). Before doing so be sure that they type of cloud computing you are subscribing to is the correct one for you.

Also, if you run a business, the cost of buying licensed software will go down because of the option Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud computing gives.

Naturally if you have all of your data on a cloud server, you can access it from anywhere and at any time given that the machine is connected to the internet.

User of cloud computing are free of the responsibility of maintaining and upgrading the servers. Unlike how you take care of your computer by running regular security and hardware checks such as Disk Defragmentation and CheckDisk.

As your needs change, you can ask your CSP (cloud service provider) to add different software, licenses and more storage space to your package. This is particularly applicable to small sized businesses.

For more information about Cloud Computing visit Ancoris who are are an authorised Google Apps Reseller offering help with cloud computing and enterprise security solutions.

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