What is the Cloud?

In today’s competitive marketplace, businesses require technology that is flexible enough to meet their changing needs, while adding value in a cost-effective manner.

Cloud-based offerings do just that by delivering feature-rich business tools to users while removing the need to manage and maintain internal business systems—freeing up IT departments to focus on initiatives that deliver a true competitive advantage.

Cloud computing delivers computing and storage capacity as a service to software users. Cloud computing entrusts services with a user’s data, software and computation over a network. It has considerable overlap with software as a service (SaaS).

Users can access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.

Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale. At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services.