The Useful Benefits of Cloud ComputingNIST defines Cloud Computing as a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to ashared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released withminimal management effort or service provider interaction. NIST is implying the economy of scale thatgoes with cloud computing when they talk about a pool of configurable computing resources. In myopinion, the benefits of cloud computing clearly include the cost savings that come with economy ofscale, but also include a number of other benefits. Here are the Six Benefits of Cloud Computing as I seethem:Cloud Computing CompaniesLower Costs - Cloud computing pools all of the computing resources that can be distributed toapplications as needed - optimizing the use of the sum of the computing resources and delivering betterefficiency and utilization of the entire shared infrastructure. Cap-Ex Free Computing - Whether you gowith a public cloud or outsourced private cloud computing option, cloud computing delivers a bettercash flow by eliminating the capital expense associated with building the server infrastructure.Cloud Computing ServicesDeploy Projects Faster - Because servers can be brought up & destroyed in a matter of minutes, the timeto deploy a new application drops dramatically with cloud computing. Rather than installing andnetworking a new hardware server, the new server can be dialed up and imaged in through a self-servecontrol console. Or better yet, with a private cloud, your service provider can dial up a new server with asingle call or support ticket. Scale as Needed - As your applications grow, you can add storage, RAM andCPU capacity as needed. This means you can buy "just enough" and scale as the application demandsgrow.Cloud Computing BenefitsLower Maintenance Costs driven by 2 factors: Less hardware and outsourced, shared IT staff. By usingless physical resources, there is less hardware to power and maintain. With an outsourced cloud, youdont need to keep server, storage, network, and virtualization experts on staff full time. You geteconomy of scale of those expert resources through your cloud provider. Resiliency and Redundancy -One of the benefits of a private cloud deployment is that you can get automatic failover betweenhardware platforms and disaster recovery services to bring up your server set in a separate data centershould your primary data center experience an outage.Cloud Computing For Small BusinessCloud computing provides some strong benefits. Selecting a public or private cloud implementation willdepend on your application, performance, security and compliance requirements, but with the proper
deployment, it can provide significant savings, better IT services, and a higher level of reliability. YanNess is CEO of Online Tech, the Midwests premier managed data center operator, and has more than 20years of experience launching and managing high tech companies, from startup to scale. In 2003, Yanled a group of investors to acquire Online Tech and has since delivered a range of data center servicesfrom mid west colocation to private cloud hosting from our SAS 70-audited data centers.