How Cloud Based Applications Can Help Businesses Grow

Cloud based computing refers to the practice of using external IT infrastructure to host a company’s applications and services. Historically, companies have hosted software and applications on servers and networks directly owned and maintained by the business. Cloud based computing provides business with a new model for managing their IT infrastructure and deploying applications and services.

Cloud computing relies on the use of virtual computers hosted by an infrastructure service provider. Cloud based computing is different from remote hosting. In the remote hosting model, companies rent physical servers which are then operated and maintained by a third party. Cloud computing allows companies to make use of virtual machines hosted on the Internet by service providers such as Amazon, Microsoft or, Google.

In the cloud based model a secure, private environment is established on a virtual server within the Cloud Service provider’s environment. Because, one cloud based server, hosts multiple virtual servers, the cost of operating and maintaining a company’s applications in the Cloud is significantly lower. The operating expenses are based on the fractional use of a server, rather than, owning the server and its associated software out right.

In addition to a lower cost of ownership Cloud computing offers other advantages:

The ability to scale up or add additional virtual servers on demand

  • Cloud computing lets businesses automatically add capacity to meet peak demands
  • When the additional capacity is no longer needed the additional virtual machines can be taken out of service and placed on stand by
  • The business only needs to pay for the capacity they need when they need it

Built In fault tolerance and redundant storage

  • By definition cloud based computing environments are distributed across multiple locations
  • Creating redundant storage of critical business data can be accomplished through configuration
  • This reduces or eliminates the need for complex back up technologies and, simplifies disaster recovery or business continuity

Continuous updates and maintenance

  • Operating System and Application upgrades are managed services within the Cloud computing environment
  • The operational costs associated with down time for application updates can be eliminated

Enhanced Security

  • Cloud Service providers support robust security for applications hosted in the cloud
  • Creating defense in depth by using multiple firewalls and encrypted data stores are common cloud hosting practices
  • The level of security is more advanced than may small to medium sized business might maintain on their own

All of these advantages help businesses to reduce operating costs and improve productivity. Partnering with an application and solution partner can ease a company’s transition to the cloud. Working with an experienced partner facilitates the transition and shortens the time to value.

When looking for a partner to assist with you transition to the Cloud research the potential partner’s background. Evaluate a company’s portfolio and speak to satisfied and dissatisfied customers. Make sure the company is experienced and backed by a team of qualified professionals who understand your business requirements and come up with solutions that can help you in improving your sales and bottom line.

Author’s Bio: The author is an avid blogger. This article is about the benefits of cloud based applications for businesses.