Cloud Computing

Interested in Cloud Computing? Not too sure what the big hype is? Here's a little info to clear your mind.. The 'cloud' is a real buzzword these days, but what exactly is the cloud, how does it impact what you do? Let's say you're an executive at a large or small corporation. Your particular responsibilities include making sure that all of your employees have the right hardware and software they need to do their jobs. Buying computers for everyone isn't enough -- you also have to purchase software or software licenses to give employees the tools they require. Whenever you have a new employee, you have to buy more software or make sure your current software license allows another user. Soon, there may be an alternative for executives like you. Instead of installing a suite of software for each computer, you'd only have to load one application. That application would allow workers to log into a Web-based service which hosts all the programs the user would need for his or her job. Remote machines owned by another company would run everything from e-mail to word processing programs.

In a cloud computing system, there’s a significant workload shift. Local computers no longer have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to running applications. The network of computers that make up the cloud handles them instead. Hardware and software demands on the user’s side decrease. The only thing the user’s computer needs is the cloud computing system’s interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud’s network takes care of the rest.

If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you’ve had some experience with cloud computing. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn’t exist on your computer — it’s on the service’s computer cloud.

There are two main competitors in the Cloud industry – Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Business. They both provide a suite of applications that brings together essential services to help your business.

How can your business benefit?

  • Reduce up front capital investment by having flexible plans that offer cost predictability whilst reducing your risk in investing in outdated technology.
  • Consistent, local and secure cloud solutions backed by private IP networks
  • Increase efficiency by choosing the resources that fit your current capacity.

How do CM ITS help corporate?

  • We streamline IT management and costs which provide complete security, visibility and control of usage and data.

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