As defined by Gartner¹:
Cloud computing is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies.
The advent of cloud computing enabled organizations to obtain a flexible, secure, and cost-effective IT infrastructure, in much the same way that national electric grids enable homes and organizations to plug into a centrally managed, efficient, and cost-effective energy source.
The reasons that cloud computing are cost-effective and efficient are the same as for the power grid. With massive scale comes corresponding economy. Why? Process and technology will always emerge superior in a single $1bn effort as compared to 100,000 different $10k efforts. With both the power production and cloud computing paradigms, much of this efficiency gain is passed along to the consumer.
Two of the best cloud service platforms are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Apps. Bitstream has extensive experience with AWS. And we are a Google Apps Partner.
If your business hasn’t yet taken advantage of the efficiencies of cloud services for IT functions like email systems and redundant servers, Contact Us and take the time to investigate the benefits.
¹“Key Attributes Distinguish Cloud Computing Services,” March 2009. David W. Cearley and David Mitchell Smith, Gartner