You may be aware of several types of cloud applications and even use them unknowingly (think Gmail or an online banking portal). Have you ever wondered what makes these applications so easy to use? Many companies are turning to cloud computing as a viable IT solution that augments their teams capabilities and provides better services for their customers. Cloud computing companies are offering applications in their environments to their customers and even allowing them to bring their own legacy applications into their new environments. But in this app-savvy world of users, just what is it that makes the apps even better when they are within a cloud environment?
All of your cloud based applications are hosted in one centralized location, allowing your tech team to control and maintain them from one location. This eliminates the need to hire additional technical staff, saving your company money, and capitalizes on your teams knowledge of your current environment. Global management also allows you to monitor each servers usage and identify any deployments within your environment that may be burdensome, bogging down the performance of your overall cloud environment.
Because your cloud based applications are hosted in one location, your IT team is able to push upgrades to all environments at once. This reduces discrepancy between the different versions of each application and compatibility issues that could be troublesome among team members working together on a project. Additionally, your cloud appstore will allow you to launch new VMs of the most up to date software version. This gives you access to current software and, because you are charged only for bandwidth and storage, it is at no additional cost.
Digital Trends reported in a February article that the number of cell phone users alone would reach 7.3 billion by 2014, and this figure doesnt include tablets or other Internet-capable devices, and the infographic by Microsoft further echoes this data. The importance of mobility in our society has taken an even higher priority, and cloud technology must keep the pace to continue being a viable solution for these users on the go.
Application mobility gives your end users the ability to access on demand self-service, scalability and broad network access. By implementing cloud automation technology, you can give your end users the power to provision their own cloud servers and applications. This removes the work from your tech team and gives them access to immediate resources. Scalability of the cloud solution lets your application expand as much as it needs to in order to accommodate your end users needs. Broad network access means that these applications can be accessed on a variety of platforms, including laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones.
Easy to Set Up
Businesses that use cloud based applications do so because they are easy to launch. Especially when coupled with cloud automation, cloud based applications are simple for even end users that have no tech experience. Automation allows these end users to launch servers and applications with the click of a button and handles the provisioning for them to provide on demand usage. Another advantage of using cloud automation is the ability to utilize existing legacy infrastructure, augmenting the migration of these systems to a cloud-based platform.
Using cloud based applications, especially in a small business, is a cost-effective way for you to provide resources to all of your employees at an affordable price. Whereas companies would generally need to purchase licenses for each employee that needs that software, cloud based applications allow you to pay for these resources on an as needed basis per usage. In addition, you dont need to purchase extra infrastructure or storage to accommodate for your new cloud environment (if youre not intending to use private cloud resources). This is a more cost effective way to provide these necessary resources to your employees without breaking the bank for them.
There are many benefits of providing cloud based applications rather than traditional methods. Cloud based applications are easier for your tech team to manage and deploy, and provide the necessary resources your employees require to perform their daily job functions. As another benefit, your company has the potential to save money using these to provide your employees those resources that they already need.
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