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Thanks to cloud computing, the world of IT services has changed forever. The era of everything-as-a-service is here to stay. Cloud service models allow even small enterprises to make use of IT technologies and systems that in the past would have been well beyond their budgets.

Cloud service vendors scale service provision to your business’s changing needs and deliver everything via a browser-style interface. This offers huge flexibility and reduces costs. The days when outsourcing IT to the cloud was a novelty are long gone. Cloud computing is the new normal and if your enterprise isn’t taking advantage, you run a real risk of diminishing returns.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a way of outsourcing advanced information technology. When outsourcing IT to the cloud, an enterprise entrusts a specialist third-party vendor with the provision and management of one or more resources delivered via the web. A core attraction for small to medium-sized businesses is a significant reduction in capital outlay and running costs such as buying licenses, installing hardware, managing data security, and maintaining and updating infrastructure.

In the cloud computing model, the vendor maintains infrastructure and deploys services to the client on demand. The client only pays for the resources used. This contrasts with the traditional model in which the client pays a time-limited, renewable license fee for a pre-defined level of use. Cloud computing is more flexible and scaled to an enterprise’s changing needs.

The Advantages of Cloud Computing

With cloud computing, a business avoids having to buy software licenses, hardware, network systems, and the complexities and running costs involved in managing an on-premise data center. A minimal investment followed by a simple monthly subscription provides for the management, delivery, and security of a suite of IT systems and applications tailored to your business’s needs.

This hands-free model is great for innovation and advancement. It frees up an enterprise’s IT staff from the constraints of repetitive, logic-based tasks and enables them to focus their creative energies on enterprise development and core deliverables. This leads to innovation, higher job satisfaction, and in the medium to long-term, boosts the bottom line.

Cloud computing services work well to streamline delivery and offer several practical and cost efficiencies. That’s a time saver. The reliability and continuity of cloud-based services improves all the time. Data security is much higher and tighter, too, as most vendors can invest in it to a degree beyond the reach of small to medium-sized businesses.

The Future of Cloud Computing

Between them, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), and the Open Stack combine to cover every possible necessity of modern enterprise IT. There’s a technical revolution going on which boosts business, energizes enterprise creativity, and contributes hugely to the economy and efficiency of smaller to medium-sized businesses all over the world. If you want to keep pace with the future, you need to plan to migrate at least part of your IT to the cloud or your business could soon be as outdated and quaint as a mechanical typewriter.

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