Importance of Cloud Based Solutions

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Recently, there has been an increasing dependence towards cloud based solutions amidst the small and medium sized businesses (SMB) sector enabling the SMB’s to not only improve their IT functions but also to access consistent, cost-efficient and scalable IT architecture resources.

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Importance of Cloud Based Solutions

  1. 1. Importance of Cloud Based SolutionsRecently, there has been an increasing dependence towards cloud based solutions amidst the small andmedium sized businesses (SMB) sector enabling the SMB’s to not only improve their IT functions butalso to access consistent, cost-efficient and scalable IT architecture resources.According to a Microsoft survey conducted by Edge Strategies, it was revealed that 50 percent of SMB’sthink that cloud based solutions make enterprises more competitive. There are multiple reasons as towhy SMB’s are using cloud solutions. Some of the key drivers include the following:· Cost –efficiency – Cloud based solutions provide SMB’s with enterprise-class IT solutions atreasonable prices. By adopting cloud based solutions, SMB’s need not pay upfront expenses as cloudofferings that are accessible on “pay-as-you-go” basis with no long-run commitment.· Scalability – SMB’s can also experience the flexibility of removing or adding complementarycapacities or licenses to accommodate changing business requirements.· Quick implementation – Using cloud based solutions, SMB’s are able to get up and operate withinhours than months or weeks.· Security – SMB’s often benefit by having the security of a huge implementation while paying forwhat they require.· Maintenance – The SMB can concentrate on their business, while the cloud based solutionprovider deals with back office complicacies.Services Offered by Cloud Service ProvidersToday companies specializing in software development services offer solutions for developing secureand scalable cloud based products and business systems. These companies collaborate with theirconsumers at every phase of the product lifecycle, right from choosing and configuring the apt cloudanalytics applications, to developing cloud-ready systems, to offer product implementation and supportsolutions. Their cloud technology and cross-industry experience allows them to set up cloud-basedsolutions were security and performance are critical, from business process management platforms thatimprove productivity to real time EMR systems that save lives. The services include the following:· IaaS: Amazon EC2, VCE vBlock, OpenStack, SAP, OpSource, Joyent, Terremark, Savvis· PaaS: Windows Azure, Google app engine, SalesForce, CA AppLogic· Virtualization: VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, QEMU
  2. 2. · Content management systems: Drupal, Magento, MediaWiki, SharePoint, Alfresco, Moodle· Database servers: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server· Web servers: Apache, IIS, Tomcat, WebLogic, WebSphere· Web technologies: Responsive Web Designs (HTML5/ CSS3/ jQuery), RoR, PHP, Python, GWT, YUI, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Flash/FlexThese companies offer cloud based services that are provided through the internet, and end users arenot restricted to accessing solutions through a certain number, thereby making it simpler for users toaccess what they require from anywhere.Related links: Mobile Application Development, product engineering

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