For most of us, cloud computing means that you are using a hosted application such as Microsoft Office Live, Salesforce.com
or a hosted email application. These Internet based applications are
only part of cloud or hosted computing. There are more ways to benefit
– including saving money and dramatically boosting productivity.
If you want to take cloud computing to the next level it’s
important to understand that that it can do much more for your business
if you strategically integrate it into your business operations. Why do
many people initially start off with cloud computing in the first place?
First of all, its easy. You type in the web address to your hosted
application and begin using it. No software to install or worries about
it crashing your computer.
Second of all its easily expandable. Maybe you need to roll out an
application(s) to four other offices. Instead of installing physical
software on the notebook computers of your employees or deploying it on
servers in remote offices, you can ask all authorized persons to access
the application with a web browser.
Let’s now consider how expanded use of cloud computing can work
Hosting company Rackspace and
other companies, including Amazon.com, are enabling businesses to
leverage their massive server space and access it via the Internet.
Whether it’s a programmer who needs server space, or a business using
the space for on-demand processing power, businesses leverage cloud
computing in their day to day operations can expect better performance.
Some of the offerings from Rackspace include:
Cloud Sites which offers a scalable platform for handling huge
traffic spikes and a pay-as-you-grow pricing model. Cloud Sites is a
heterogeneous environment, supporting both Windows and Linux.
Cloud Files is Rackspace’s internet-based storage service which
gives developers instant access to an enterprise-grade storage
infrastructure and reduces overall investment and IT costs while
providing infinite scalability. Through a partnership with Limelight
Networks, Rackspace allows developers to easily distribute content to
millions of end users around the world and bring scalable content
delivery and application acceleration services to the masses.
Cloud Servers will deliver on-demand server capacity to businesses of all sizes.
Read more about cloud computing in Rackspace’s cloud clinic