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Are you in the cloud yet? Cloud computing is especially attractive for small to medium businesses (SMBs). With just a few clicks, computing resource needs can be set up remotely, managed by experts, and available to you from virtually any location – all of this at substantial cost savings to the typical SMB.
SMBs are leveraging the cloud to save money, enable collaboration and remote work, and cut down on the need for in-house IT experts. If you’re currently using on-premises servers and networking, here are four key things you could gain by switching to the cloud:
Types of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is about a lot more than simply remote servers (though those are important too). The term “cloud” is just a metaphor for the internet, and cloud computing is the delivery of computing resources via the Internet, on demand, as services you can consume as needed. These resources are grouped into three categories:
Cloud Service Providers
Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are the two largest cloud service providers. SMB’s who prefer Microsoft technologies in-house should look to Azure first, for several reasons:
Both Azure and AWS are big supporters of open source solutions, including PHP, MySQL, and Linux virtual machines. Either platform can handle these technologies well.
If you’re wondering about costs, check out this Azure price calculator that lets you examine the pricing of various Azure options.
Making the leap to the cloud can seem daunting at first, but the potential benefits make it well worth a look. Cloud computing provides access to powerful, diverse computing options at lower cost and with less in-house management required. Those resources are also flexible and elastic, so they’re available when and where you need them, at the level you expect. It’s a combination that provides pretty compelling motivation for a move to the cloud.
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