Internet revolution has been dramatically changing the business world over the past two decades. More and more people are becoming highly dependent on information technology both for personal and business use. Cloud services have become widespread in most personal and organizational activities which involve the use of internet technology.
In essence, the term "cloud" is a metaphor for the Internet itself, as a core requirement within any network of communication between different parties. Cloud services can provide a wide variety of different business applications and can be accessed directly from a web browser. Resources and data can be accessed through remote servers with corresponding economies of scale.
Fundamentally, the end-user is remote in every respect from the technical architecture required to operate the particular application, or to deliver the appropriate data. This includes storage facilities, servers and communication networks. As a number of storage facilities and services may be combined, enhanced access and delivery speed may be expected, on demand. Such resources can be configured through a strategy only within a short period of time with just very minimal interaction with the provider or management effort.
Cloud services provide the benefit of elasticity, cost control, on-demand availability, resource sharing and wide network access. A number of cloud hosting organizations exist within the cloud configuration. While the enterprise IT department of old would have to concentrate on procurement and management of its own servers as it expanded to meet demand on a variable basis, these days cloud services provided by a variety of hosts can take the strain. By working in the background to provide the enterprise's client with a seamless delivery experience, enhanced customer satisfaction follows.
Many organizations are perfectly happy to take advantage of the flexibility that cloud services provide and find that they are far more able to make plans for expansion and concentrate on the introduction of new products or services without internal resource application, roll out and associated maintenance worries. Rather, cloud services can provide them with "utility computing," with access on a per consumption basis or sometimes on a subscription allocation.
There would be multiple business customers that could be sharing the computing services provided by the cloud servers, which justifies the practicality of these resources. This means that funds can be spent on the development of enhanced server capability without the worry that such capability could be subject to long periods of idle use, compromising the investment in the first place.
As the economy is just picking up from the economic recession, cloud service utilization that will be provided on an on-demand business model will make a lot of sense to the corporate management. Outsourcing of services and solutions will help an organization to streamline, as it focuses on its principal delivery model.