Cloud computing, it’s everywhere on the internet, quite literally, and as we navigate through this concept, we can’t help ask ourselves what does it all mean?
To me, Cloud computing is a paradigm shift following the shift from mainframe to client–server in the early 1980s. This new technology shift takes the form of a new delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves over-the-Internet provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources. How exciting is that?
As you might know, Microsoft’s Software as a Service (SaaS) Azure platform offers organization’s the capability to move to a computing-on-demand, cloud based infrastructure. Azure is built around Windows Azure (modified Windows Server to support SaaS), and SQL Azure (SQL for SaaS).
The cloud significantly enhances a organization's flexibility in meeting its computing requirements. Organization's can buy the computing resources it needs, almost on a moment by moment basis. In addition, with Azure and other cloud-based offerings, organization’s no longer need to worry about systems management and upgrades, as this is included and transparent to the buyer of cloud services. Finally, many organizations can significantly reduce the overhead costs associated with running the operations, especially for those companies that maintain older or outdated equipment, and could drastically reduce the procurement and operations costs of infrastructure.
Submitted by Nicola Dickinson