Cloud computing has become very popular and for a good reason. The intense drive to lower operational expenses and IT complexities has fueled a new breed of technologies that deliver software and solutions through the web without requiring traditional procurement, licensing, installation, maintenance or management by internal IT staff.
Let’s look at the benefits you can expect from utilizing cloud computing in general, and a cloud database in particular.
As the pace of business rapidly increases, while at the same time internal IT resources remain in short supply at most companies, business managers are discovering an array of cloud solutions they can easily apply to their business operation without requiring the steps to acquire, install and maintain software. They can simply sign up for the solution and begin using it right away.
Cloud computing lowers technology costs in two ways. First by significantly reducing the need for IT experts and staff. The other is by efficiencies gained through shared multi-tenant cloud environments that eliminate purchasing hardware equipment and software licenses. Additionally, many services are month-to-month without long term contracts, allowing businesses to easily apply these technologies “just-in-time” and drop them when no longer needed.
When a technology is custom-built or brought in-house, the IT managers must build an infrastructure that can withstand the highest point of usage or they risk their reputation not being able to deliver at peak times. In contrast, cloud computing services typically allow for on-demand scalability for peak times or sustained periods. IT no longer needs to over-engineer solutions and infrastructure or sacrifice quality of service.
Cloud computing solutions typically have a web-based interface for users. They can be accessed by employees, customers and partners no matter where they are. With a cloud database, everyone gets to work with the same set of information and spreadsheet chaos is a thing of a past.
To the extent that reputable service providers are utilized, customers can be assured that best practices in terms of security, reliability, and monitoring are in place. The grade of service offered by leading cloud computing vendors is expensive and difficult to implement on your own.
In addition to all of the standard benefits of cloud computing, Caspio is designed for business users to create their own web applications without coding and without reliance on IT. The business users can conceive and drive their own requirements and features; everything from database reports, web forms, process approvals, dashboards, and even mobile apps.
Last but not least, cloud computing is all about virtualization, multi-tenancy, and shared resources that provide more service for the amount of energy expended when compared to in-house, single tenant solutions.
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