Cloud Computing as a Service is a software delivery and licensing model where software is sold on a subscription basis directly to customers and is centrally located. In short, it can be called “on- Demand software” and used by a single customer at a time. The central availability of software allows users to access their applications wherever they are, on any network at any time – and this is how it differs from the more traditional software system. For example, software sold on a CD may only be installed on the computer that it was bought into, whereas software purchased via Cloud Computing can be installed on any platform, and any computer.
Another advantage of cloud services is the potential to scale up or down the available resources as they become available. For example, many companies have found that the usage of a particular application, such as their CRM, requires a lot more computing power than what they initially had in place. If they start with their existing infrastructure, but add in additional users, they will soon exceed their current capacity. This is a prime benefit of using cloud computing infrastructure – your business can quickly and easily adjust their computing power requirements as required, without having to make any structural changes to the physical infrastructure of the company. These flexible features are another reason why cloud services are attractive.
The final aspect we will discuss is the ability to use virtual machines (VMs) and containers. Many companies still maintain a primary server, or a single physical computer that they use for day-to-day operations. However, as business requirements change, they may find that they need to upgrade their storage and/or network equipment to keep pace with the changes, and in many cases they find they need to do this using on-site, physical computing power – but with the flexibility and convenience of cloud services.
Virtual machines and containers allow an individual or a team of people to effectively share and utilize the same hardware. This is not only cheaper over the long term for the cloud service provider, but it is also more efficient for the end-user or business. You don’t have to purchase additional capacity in order to meet future needs, which allows for more scalability, better utilization of available resources, and reduced maintenance costs.
Cloud computing is on the rise and is poised to take market share away from Microsoft and other big names in data center design and execution. But for businesses who haven’t made the transition, the path ahead can be quite challenging. By choosing to work with an on-site provider of Microsoft Azure virtualization, you will gain the advantage of the proven technology and expert guidance. Furthermore, you can reduce costs by consolidating your data center architecture, while taking advantage of the fast, reliable, and highly efficient services offered by the largest AWS customer – which leads many customers towards this very powerful and affordable computing option.