Easy Peasy Cloud Computing

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UFB Column


10 May 2012


Easy Peasy
Cloud Computing

Members of the
WECC’s
Business Strategy committee are frequently asked to expla
in
,

in simple
language
,

what
t
he

C
loud


is all about, and why Wanganui businesses should connect to the

UFB
fibre

currently

being deployed. The website
www.boxfreeit.com.au

includes the following
easy to
understand
explanation
,

which will

assist

people

keen to learn about the Cloud:


What is the Cloud?


Th
e

cloud is essentially ano
ther name

for the modern
-
day internet. The origin of the term comes
from networking engineers who, when drawing up diagrams of computer networks within a
company, used to draw the internet as a cloud
,

in order
to distinguish it from the company’s own
serve
rs and PCs.

When a business uses a “cloud computing” service, the important point is that the actual
computing is
not being done in that businesses

office or data centre, it is being provided over the
internet from somewhere else.


“Somewhere else” will be

in
one or more data centres owned by a cloud
-
computing provider
which work in conjunction to provide a service to consumers and busin
esses. For example, when
you
a
re

search
ing

on Google for
information on
holidays

in Australia
, the search request is sent
to a Google dat
a centre
,

which contains many

large computers
, which
find
s

the answers to your
search
,

and
send
s

them

back to you.

Cloud computing is a powerful concept because it uses economies of scale to provide extremely
expensive services for very
litt
le money


or even for free

in the case of Google search. Nobody
would ever build a massive data centre just to carry out their own internet searches
when Google
do
es

it for free, and for millions of people at the same time.

Other common cloud
-
computing
se
rvices include Facebook, G
mail, Hotmail, YouTube etc
.

Why Move to the Cloud?

Traditionally businesses

have bought and installed hardware and packaged software to gain the
benefits of information technology

(IT)
. Now there is a
much
better way.

With access

to the
Cloud,
you can
rent software to meet your business needs


like “Xero’s” online accounting
software. In addition,
you can
rent services based in the Cloud, for
storage, backup, anti
-
virus,
anti
-
spam and other IT services for much less money
,

and fa
r more easily than organising them
in
-
house

yourself. And yes, it ca
n be done just as safely, and most often

is even safer
.

Cloud c
omputing is the easiest
and lowest cost
way for businesses to

use the
very
latest
software
and hardware
technology
.

There are

five simple reasons why
implementing
cloud computing is a smart business decision.



Pay for use:

Instead of buying servers to run applications like email, a business just rents
the application itself on a per
-
user, per
-
month basis. When the service is no l
onger needed,
it is
discontinued.

If an
other staff member is hired, another user is added
-

i
t

s that simple!



Operating, not capital expense:

Paying lots of money upfront for hardware that has to be
stored, maintained and upgraded
,

strains cash flow and ti
es up capital. It's a similar sto
ry with
software licences, because

companies often sink money into more

than they need, and
then
get
stuck with

expensive upgrades.



Reduced staff:

Using a Cloud
-
based service means
business
es do
n't need to employ IT
staff t
o maintain in
-
house computer
software and hardware
systems. Instead of paying
expensive salaries

to compute
r technicians
,
the money
can be invested
more productively
elsewhere.



Single version:

Before Cloud computing, u
pgrading
software
in
-
house
sometimes "
bro
k
e
"
othe
r programs or hard
ware, causing

costly downti
me, and the need for

business
es

to hire
IT technicians
,

or buy hardware to manage the transition.
However, i
f
a business chose

to
avoid updati
ng to the latest software it could

run into incompatibilit
ies with customers and
supplier
s,
and miss

out on the latest features and applications being enjoyed by their
competitors.





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Cloud computing
service providers,
however,
manage all
software updates and hardware
upgrades the
mselves, and
at no cost to the customer.
And t
hey

happen invisibly wi
th a far
lower risk of downtime
.

The next
Wanganui Innovation network (
WIN
)

Get
-
together will be held at Element Cafe, 24 Victoria
Ave from 5
-
15pm until 7
-
00pm on Thursday, 24 May. For ca
tering purposes, please click on
(
win@lampstudios.co.nz
)
and enter

your name and that of your organisation, if you plan to attend
this get
-
together.

Article contributed by the Wanganui Employers Chamber of Comme
rce UFB Business Strategy
Group. To suggest initiatives which you believe should be considered for inclusion in the group’s
Strategic Plan, or to contact the group, drop an email to john.patty@xtra.co.nz