Technology has its share of disadvantages; cloud computingis no different. Although it’s promising, there are wrinkles that need to be leveled out. While some issues are predominantly technical in nature, there arealso issues pertaining to performance, security, organizational, etc.
Going to the cloud is in. It’s flexible, cost-effective and it allows you to provision your IT resources. Needless to mention, it’s easy to get started with, disengages you from the need to manage highly demanding IT resources and outsource most of the IT management – cloud back-up administration and management, in this case -- to vendors for whom IT management is core business.
Standing at the threshold of 2011, strides in technology development show no sign of slowing down. Numerous tools are going to be made available for small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs, individual professionals, small and large companies alike are going to have a lot to look forward to.
Wouldn’t your business breathe a heaving sigh of relief if all business data and applications remain in one central place for easy management? How would it be if your data back-up and data restore work remains centralized and almost a breeze?
Scott Alan Miller, an IT expert who writes for Datamation, claims that IT managers and administrations swear by the central computing model for exactly the same reasons mentioned above in an article titled “Thin Clients in The Dark and Distant Past”.
What on earth is Thin Client Computing?
A Thin Client (lean client or Slim Client) is basically a computer that is stripped bare of all the usual bells and whistles.
Data centres are ugly ogres when it comes to energy consumption. According to a report published by Rackable Systems, the year 2007 witnessed about 180 billion KWH on power requirements and cooling and a whopping $29 billion has been spent to feed this energy requirement alone.
Learning from mistakes is good and is often appreciated; trouble sprouts up only when any of these mistakes you do costs a bomb or can literally derail your company. Many companies find the need to move to a cloud by adopting a cloud-based service, take to cloud networking, or find a home for an application on the cloud.
Small and medium sized businesses usually have the ghost of increasing expenses haunting them throughout the span of their business operations. Businesses all over the world are hard-pressed to find ways to cut costs and shoot their profitability up higher than they did during previous fiscals.
While virtualization is the latest in the geeky cooler room discussions, the vendors or the IT geeks will kill themselves but not explain what it means to you in a layman’s terms.
Would virtualization work for you?
Is it the right answer for your business?
Is it just hype?
Since the answer is “depends”, you will need to ask yourself these questions:
Is there substantial benefits when you take to virtualization?
How do you understand what it’s all about?
How would you go about making decisions about whether or not you need to consider it for your business?
This post should help you extract the juice off and allow you decide whether it's hype or if it's the need of the hour.
Cloud Computing – what does that mean? According to Gartner cloud computing is “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ across the Internet to multiple external customers.”
In English, that definition means the cloud should just deliver a service on a subscription basis, allow access from anywhere and provide economies of scale.