What is Cloud Computing?

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What’s the cloud? “Cloud” is a metaphor for the Internet. It’s an abstraction of how networks of computers are connected. Till recent pass most of the organization connect their resources using LAN & WAN, may be to interconnect their computers in order to use their application software within the company network. In fact with the evolving change in web 2 companies release software’s as a service where as any company that uses the application can get it as a service, Software-as-a-service, or SaaS, is an application that businesses access and use via the Internet.

Software-as-a-Service and the cloud have changed the landscape for businesses worldwide, from small businesses to the enterprise. No longer do you need to purchase expensive hardware and software for many business functions. If you have an internet connection, you can move much of your business computing to the cloud.

Cloud Development

In 2006 Google also take initiative of developing Cloud applications, software pieces released as services. Speaking in which salesforce.com Founded in 1999, salesforce.com is currently the leading cloud CRM application, with over 51,800 customers and over 1.1 million subscribers. Amazen.com was developed and released as a web services in 2002.

Cloud Economics

One of the significant fact of cloud computing is that Software-as-a-Service in the cloud delivers substantial cost savings compared to purchasing and maintaining software in-house. Cost analysis been evaluated on certain factors. For instance; that companies can achieve significant cost savings by migrating from on-premise email to Google Apps. Google Apps is an entire suite of business applications residing in the cloud: email, calendaring, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and collaboration.

Cloud Migration Process

It is challenging to determine which computing infrastructure will deliver the greatest benefits by moving to the cloud. The best starting point depends upon your current computing situation and immediate business needs; to achieve the highest short-term ROI, select the business area with upcoming hardware or software capital requirements.

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