Within the realm of the telecoms industry, the one topic that’s running rampant is cloud based computing. Closely followed by that is cloud based hosting.
Despite the similarities, they both work in cahoots with one another.
Without cloud computing, there wouldn’t be cloud based services.
The structure of the “cloud” falls into three categories:
- Software (SaaS)
- Platform (PaaS)
- Infrastructure (IaaS)
If you’re a programmer or IT consultant, then in-depth analysis of those three categories would probably be something of interest.
For the rest of us who aren’t as clued up on the technical jargon that goes on behind the scenes, you’re probably more interested in what the benefits are of the three components to your business. That’s where the money is after all, savings that is – not overheads.
Software is the applications made available. The simplest form of SaaS is your email client. You simply plug in your username, type your password, and log into your account. That’s the software side of it.
Chances are either yourself or a member of your staff has at some point had an idea to improve productivity in the workplace – If only there was a way to implement it?
If Skype wasn’t available, it would cost a lot to have that type of technology developed and integrated in-house. Luckily for us, there’s an array of smart developers scattered across the globe who have invented some ingenious software applications, some of which are free and ready to be integrated easily.
They plug into the “platform” making it possible for multiple users to access the applications and put their productivity to use. Some are free, some are subscription based, but all are (for the most part) easy to use, reliable and bugs can be fixed remotely when they occur.
In times past, to have this level of technology adopted into a business, it would have required a team of highly skilled IT consultants to develop and continually maintain the upgrades of your business applications.
That’s overheads that are eliminated using a variety of existing applications, which you can find on nearly anything you need to enhance your business.
To use anything in the cloud though, the infrastructure needs to be there.
That’s where the term “cloud hosting” comes into the frame.
Those can take the form of:
- SaaS – Software as a Service
- PaaS – Platform as a Service
- IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service
- HaaS – Hardware as a Service
- EaaS – Everything as a Service
Anyone you want to have access to whichever services you are using, be it emails, dropbox, mind mapping software, video conferencing technology, and the list goes on, simply uses an internet connection, username and password and voila. Everything is available remotely, because all the electronic information is stored off-site on the client end.
The largest providers are Google App Engine and Amazon Cloud Services; multinational corporations with massive budgets that small business owners would never be able to ascertain the resources without.
However, for growing businesses with the need to expand their technology and possibly lower the amount of traditional broadband usage, the most in-demand method for obtaining the lowest telecoms package, combined with the benefits of maximising productivity is to move to cloud based services.
There’s more than the big two mentioned above and with increasing service providers, as with anything where competition’s involved – consumers benefit from the cost reductions.
It’s the equivalent of having your own data centre, fully manned with highly skilled IT experts, who are there to take care of all the mundane technical aspects that keep your business productivity moving along, while eliminating the need for in-house IT teams, continually maintaining server rooms, monitoring air cooling units and ensuring nothing goes AWOL causing complete system melt-down.
Setups that would otherwise cost tens of thousands in capital outlay are made available at low cost subscription based fees.
It’s the budget friendly element in hosted telephony that makes the largest impact with technological advances in even the smallest of businesses.
Smart, intuitive, reliable, versatile, scalable and guaranteed to have the largest impact on business growth with the amount of tools that can be implemented with the click of button.