Four questions to solve the mystery of Cloud
What is Cloud?
It’s a question that has been answered zillion times across the world by innumerable business experts. So let us not go into that. For those who are still confused about cloud computing, it is nothing but the reference to hosted IT services. It provides us the facility of accessing IT resources when we do not want to take its installation and maintenance responsibility. With Cloud technology what we get is ready-to-use software applications on a platter.
It’s just like when we order food from a restaurant. Irrespective of our location, the food gets delivered to our address. Similarly, Cloud technology delivers us the software services as and when we require it. No hardware/infrastructure expense involved. Interesting eh?
Well, most business experts are of the opinion that cloud infrastructure minimizes the need of physical devices. This is not so. Rather than totally eliminating the need of physical devices, it just eliminates the need of complex ones. So once you start using cloud applications, laptops, desktops, mobile devices or for that matter any internet-enabled device is all what you require to access the resources.
Who introduced Cloud?
Although most of us are acquainted with the term cloud computing, not many of us actually know its history. For instance, how many of us are aware of the fact that the concept of cloud computing was introduced way back in the 1960s. Or names such as J.C.R. Licklider, John McCarthy and Douglas F Parkhill are associated with the introduction and exploration of cloud computing. Not many right?
The actual contribution of the IT companies happened somewhere from the 1990s. As the experts realized the benefits of cloud computing, there were higher numbers of takers for it. Today, the scenario stands such that many small and big names have advocated the concept of cloud computing. Unique technologies and better pricing models have enabled Cloud to revolutionize the IT infrastructure.
Where are the servers?
What makes Cloud a highly fascinating concept is the fact that users do not know from where they are fetching the data. In fact, this is the exact thought behind Cloud technology – users do not know and perhaps do not have to worry about the computing/storage being done.
Unlike the traditional infrastructure where you have the servers’ right there in your office, cloud-technology has replicated servers all over the world. From major cities to the smaller ones, datacenters can be present everywhere providing your organization with interrupted cloud service.
Note: In a few rare cases, the location of the datacenters can become important. For instance, if your operations are governed by certain compliance rules, then you have to ensure that cloud facilities abide by the rules.
How to get started with Cloud?
Most of us reading this blog are already using the cloud services. Surprised? Let’s see how –
Cloud infrastructure has penetrated in several applications. So whether you are using Facebook, Dropbox, or any Google Apps – you are indeed a cloud user.
Adopting a virtualized environment or migrating legacy apps to cloud is a wise business move. The best example to show is the large-scale organizations who have already adopted Cloud based CRM and other enterprise applications.
And not to forget the SMBs and the SMEs who are not left behind in the race of cloud-based software platforms. What makes us say this – the exceptional demand of Cloud based CRM for small business.
If you too want to make use of cloud commuting resources, now is the ideal time to do so. With the perfect combination of efficient technology and low pricing, there is nothing better that a business entrepreneur can ask for.
Patricia is a full time CRM consultant at ConvergeHub and part-time blogger. She has earned herself quite a fame as a specialist and market expert in CRM software. In the last five year she has worked with various companies as CRM consultant to help them move their businesses to cloud. Her expertise lies in offering cloud CRM consultation, CRM customization and integration solutions to small enterprises. For last one she is engaged in building ConvergeHub, cloud-based CRM solution for SMBs, as a consultant.Follow her at Twitter: @convergehub