It is no longer just the forward-thinking companies that are making heavy use of technology. At this point, a computer on every desk is a given. And yet the promise of computers simplifying tasks seems to run counter to many users’ experiences, where technology provides a variety of other headaches that might have been avoided with only pen and paper. But the things that computers do well, they do extremely well, which is one reason why we have stuck with them despite the complications.
The other reason we have stuck with them is because the problems we have been facing may only be growing pains as computing technology matures into a series of products and services that are more intuitive and easy-to-use than ever. Much of this evolution can be attributed to cloud computing, which takes away the hardware limitations and idiosyncrasies that have been behind so many IT calls.
Cloud computing refers to a variety of products and services that take place over the Internet. The easiest way to understand it is to think of email as one of the first instances of cloud computing. All of your emails are hosted on a web server owned by your email provider, and while there are desktop email solutions, they were originally designed to be manipulated using Internet-based software through the browser.
In the past few years, cloud computing has expanded to provide increasingly sophisticated services outside of email through these channels. Hosting files on online servers rather than locally prevents accidental deletion or hard drive problems. Running software through the cloud means not having to worry about whether an individual person’s hardware will be compatible with it, meaning software can be unified across a number of users within a company. And updating software, which is its own kind of hassle, can similarly be accomplished in a synchronous fashion rather than the piecemeal way in which it has been done before.
But cloud-based technology refuses to sit still, even more so than technology bogged down by physical limitations, which is why it can be advantageous to employ specialists on the use of the cloud. Pay Per Cloud is one company that helps usher businesses into this new computing paradigm while providing a variety of other services. CMO Tony Underwood cites the company’s main areas of focus as being “to host, manage, and protect our customer environments both on premise or in the cloud.”
Underwood believes there are a variety of advantages to be had by using cloud services like Pay Per Cloud. He believes that “in many cases, businesses can save between 15% to 30% over on-premise environments” due to a multitude of factors, including the cost of software over hardware, the fact that you’ll be spending less on backup and recovery, and the fact that cloud systems like these are flexible to the point that they can be modified to your needs quickly and easily, meaning not over-paying for services you don’t need.
Using cloud services for backup and recovery can reduce costs and provide a simple way to ensure the safe storage of your files and services. Your IT system is simplified with cheaper, easy access to CIO level expertise while the need for complex layers of IT management simply disappears. Pay Per Cloud is also versatile enough to understand that companies may not want to move everything to the cloud at once or at all, and provides hybrid options for both local systems and cloud-based.
These services can be applied to your company through different types of providers, whether that’s in-house IT staff or hosting services, but Pay Per Cloud is an example of a managed services company which provides overlapping services with the other types of providers. Not only will you have hosting services available for storage and backup, but the customized experience of a dedicated IT staff can be replicated through their experts. Pay Per Cloud’s network operations center is available 24/7 while providing ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
Underwood sees cloud-computing continuing to evolve to a future where these services are more understood and accepted, to the point where it becomes almost a requirement that businesses employ this type of technology to some extent. He also sees “end point devices” becoming less critical as access-anywhere web services become the primary means through which business is done.
It is unlikely that cloud computing will go away anytime soon. As we have seen through the previous revolutions of computing technology, the new overtakes the old faster than we could have expected. The industry has learned from that message, and now service providers are specifically geared to make that change smooth for businesses so they can get back to focusing on their work and the simplification that technology was originally supposed to provide. We may finally be living in that computerized future we were always promised.