The buzz of cloud computing seems to have hit a fevered pitch in industry magazines, trade publications, and the mainstream media recently. It seems like every day our Technology Services Group is being asked by clients what the "cloud" is, or to suggest cloud-based solutions for applications or services that were (or are) typically on a server in their offices.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is essentially remote access to applications and services via the internet. It gives you secure access to all your applications and data from any network device. Cloud computing is the next stage in the internet’s evolution, providing the means through which everything – from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration – can be delivered as a service wherever and whenever needed.
Ironically, many of us have been using some form of cloud computing for a long time, and may not have known it, such as web-based email services, website hosting, cloud-based email filtering, etc. And, since so many new applications are appearing as a cloud offering, we thought it would be helpful to put together a quick list of things to consider when moving (or considering a move) to the cloud.
Do you have questions about making the switch to cloud computing? Feel free to contact Brian Rosenfelt in Skoda Minotti's Technology Services Group by calling 440.449.6800.