A few weeks ago, I talked a bit about virtualization and the proliferation of virtual servers in today's business. As I mentioned at the time, virtual servers have become a great resource and cost-saving measure for many companies, allowing them cut down on the square footage and power devoted to physical big-box servers sitting in their facilities.
The Cloud is the next step in virtualization. While people have talked about the nebulous (pun intended) Cloud for a while, it's always been a little hard to nail down. (Okay, that's the last one, I promise.) However, as more and more businesses, large and small, have adopted this as a solution, information has become much easier to source and interpret. Here are the key features everyone should know about the Cloud:
It's shared server space. The beauty of it (and the way to save money) is that it's a bit like crowd-sourcing your server space. It's virtual. This may seem obvious, but it's worth noting. It's big. The amount of data you can store is astronomical. Because many companies “buy in" to the cloud, providers, like Amazon, these high-tech, high-availability resources at cheaper rates. It's more stable now than it was. It's still vulnerable to outages just as any technology would be. However, with back-ups in place, the risk of a fatal outage is greatly reduced. It's the next tech bandwagon. Many of the big players in technology—Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM—all have Cloud solutions in place. Apple announced this summer that it too will offer an option, iCloud, starting some time this fall. DROSTE is always on the move looking for new ways to assist our clients with the latest innovations. The use of Cloud technologies and how it might best apply to your company is what we do! We deploy our software products virtually around the world today, offering our clients a huge cost savings on software installation and maintenance.
At DROSTE, technology continues to evolve quickly and our dedicated team is eager to be at the forefront of each innovative wave.