Cloud computing, the future, now.

Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services, servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more over the Internet (the cloud). As a cloud provider Avon IT can offer all of these services and simply charge based on usage, similar to how you're billed for gas or electricity at home.

You're probably using cloud computing right now without realising it. If you're using an online service to send mail, documents, watch movies, enjoy streaming music or video games, or store pictures and other files, most likely cloud computing is making it all possible in the background. The first cloud computing services aren't even a decade old, but already a variety of organisations from tiny start ups to global corporations, government agencies to non profits are embracing the technology for many good reasons. Here are a few of the things you can do with the cloud:

  • Create new apps and services
  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Host websites and blogs
  • Stream audio and video
  • Deliver software on demand
  • Analyse data for patterns and make predictions
  • Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. What is it about cloud computing ? Why is cloud computing so popular ? Here are 6 common reasons why organisations are turning to cloud computing services:

    • Cost
      Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on site data centers, the racks of servers, the round the clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up quickly.

    • Speed
      Most cloud computing services are provided as self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.

    • Global scale
      The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth, exactly when it's needed and from the right geographic location.

    • Productivity
      On site data centers typically require a lot of racking and stacking hardware setup, software patching and other time consuming IT management tasks. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.

    • Performance
      The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centers, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate data center, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.

    • Reliability
      Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider's network.