Cloud computing is the perfect tool for any small business, as it removes the need to establish an infrastructure, such as file storage and management, email servers, storage systems, or shrink wrapped software. In addition, it gives the small business cutting-edge technology without the expense of hiring IT experts, something that was impossible a few years ago. Cloud solutions have become essential for even the small business, with many applications specifically designed for the smaller company.

Cloud computing

Fear of complicated systems

Many business owners are afraid of new technology, thinking it isn’t user friendly, but with cloud made simple, everyone can benefit from instant access to information, anywhere and anytime. With an easy to use interface, coupled with user training at all levels, consumers can quickly become proficient at accessing the required data.

The essentials of cloud computing

On demand self-service

Consumers can access cloud services at the platform level, without requiring any significant assistance. These services are usually paid for by subscription, with varying levels of services offered. There are several methods of calculating costs, such as data transmission speeds, amount of storage space, and other additional services used.

Broad network access

Network access is needed to use the services, and that network must be maintained and running at all times. The network must be accessible for a range of devices, with mobile access an essential part of the service. Consumers want maximum access, therefore all devices should be able to access all of the required services, providing the device can connect to the cloud. An established cloud service provider will have invested large amounts of money in developing a trusted network, with backup facilities and 24-hour technical support. This level of investment means the user has the benefits of a reliable system that offers the best in services at a low cost, as the number of users is usually high.

Resource pooling

Because cloud service providers can maintain maximum service performance with minimum resources, they can supply your business with the level of service it needs. This level of service is dynamic, and can be upgraded at any time, allowing your business to develop at the required pace. By sharing the cloud’s infrastructure, users receive the right service at a fraction of the cost, although larger corporations may require their own private, server space.

Rapid elasticity

This is the ability to change the level of service at any given time, expanding or contracting, according to the performance of the business. Resource pooling helps the cloud provider to achieve elasticity, as one particular resource that is no longer required by one consumer, can then be allocated to another user. Providing a dynamic service that can be altered to suit the business, gives companies the flexibility to cope with busy periods without having to make a long-term commitment.

Measured service

Most cloud providers charge on a per use basis, so the provider must have a clear system of charging customers, and this enables the client company to make informed decisions about the services they do use.