Compute in the Cloud

With compute in the cloud  you could be running applications that share photos to millions of mobile users or you’re supporting the critical operations of your business, a cloud services platform provides rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources. With cloud computing, you don’t need to make large upfront investments in hardware and spend a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that hardware. Instead, you can provision exactly the right type and size of computing resources you need to power your newest bright idea or operate your IT department. You can access as many resources as you need, almost instantly, and only pay for what you use.

Cloud computing provides a simple way to access servers, storage, databases and a broad set of application services over the Internet. A Cloud services platform such as Amazon Web Services owns and maintains the network-connected hardware required for these application services, while you provision and use what you need via a web application.

For more information from AWS on their Cloud Computing please visit this page.

For more information from Google Cloud compute visit this page.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

For start-up businesses the cloud offers an essential differentiator. For the first time, anyone with an idea can start a business and get it up and running quickly on an enterprise-grade IT infrastructure that’s flexible enough to accommodate growth, yet requires minimal up-front capital expenditure.

  • Drive down costs
  • Cope with demand
  • Run your business, don’t worry about your IT
  • Innovate and lead
  • Improved security and compliance
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Future-proof your business

However, in order to make an informed choice about whether the cloud is right for your business, you might also want to take into consideration some disadvantages of cloud computing.  

For instance, it would be untrue to claim that the cloud is right for every IT infrastructure task. If your business needs to run an old application that was designed to run on dedicated servers, then moving it into the cloud could be difficult. Indeed, many older enterprise-type applications are best left on dedicated gear. Likewise, if you have very high security requirements, then a dedicated server environment offers the very highest levels of compliance.