Terms like “the cloud” are being used with increasing frequency even outside of tech circles, and that’s leading many people to ask about the finer points of these systems. Enterprise cloud computing raises even more questions to those outside of tech environments, and knowing the basics is an important first step to understanding if this type of system can work for a particular business.
The Basics of Enterprise Cloud
Cloud computing is becoming nearly ubiquitous in modern businesses. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently reported: “70% of all organizations have at least one app in the cloud today.” Enterprise cloud computing allows businesses to outsource IT services to cloud vendors. One such service is known as Software as a Service (SaaS). In this service, companies purchase access to software services (or apps) that the vendor delivers over the Internet. There are also other types of outsourcing, including communications, platform, and infrastructure.
Benefits of Cloud Outsourcing
Businesses have turned in large numbers to enterprise cloud solutions because the benefits are tangible and quantifiable. With this type of solution, businesses can do many things that they are unable to do with conventional storage. They can scale their storage and machines to significant levels of data, going as high as measurements in petabytes, which exceed gigabytes. They can do this from one central console with one single employee.
In addition, purchasing cloud computing services is cost-effective, because a business is able to purchase just what they need as they grow, rather than making costly investments up front that might not serve their needs. Cloud vendors also offer levels of security that far exceed what the average business could provide on its own. For these reasons, many businesses are moving to enterprise cloud solutions.
Other Important Terminology
Within enterprise cloud, there are several important terms to understand. One such term is all-flash arrays. The average computer user is most likely familiar with what is known as a flash memory drive. A flash drive is different than traditional RAM disk storage because it is a non-volatile memory that can hold data even without power. Flash is used for storage memory, and as such, is a valuable asset for businesses that require large amounts of storage in the cloud.
In terms of all-flash arrays, or AFAs, a report from MIT Technology Review highlights several ways AFAs benefit enterprise storage. Among these benefits are cost reductions, high data-mobility speeds, and fast analytics. Additionally, AFAs help businesses operate in more environmentally friendly ways by reducing the heat needed by traditional arrays. The benefits that AFAs bring to businesses help companies gain a competitive advantage because increased speed when it comes to data helps speed up decision-making processes overall and improve product and service to the marketplace.
The Future of Business Computing
More and more businesses are beginning to understand the benefits of enterprise cloud and are implementing it for their processes. With AFAs bringing additional benefits, the future of business computing continues to ride the trend of cloud solutions. The companies who don’t ride this technological wave will inevitably be their competition soars on the cloud.