Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cloud Solutions

 

Cloud Solution

From empowering your employees with business cloud applications to provisioning compute servers for developers, cloud computing offers a flexible means to access cutting-edge services and infrastructure for a fraction of the cost of traditional IT.

 

Benefits of Cloud Solutions

There are a number of important and substantive benefits that organizations can realize from the use of hosted email, collaboration and related applications, including

Minimal up-front expenditures

The cost of hosted email systems are typically lower than for on-premise systems up to around 1,000 to 1,500 seats. For example, Osterman Research has developed a cost model that shows that the total three-year cost of deploying Microsoft Exchange for 100 users (using list prices for all infrastructure elements) is roughly $48 per seat per month, although the cost drops significantly and rapidly for larger deployments. However, there are a number of scenarios in which much larger enterprises can still experience lower costs from hosting, as well.

Lower IT administration costs

IT labor represents two-thirds of the total cost of ownership for an on-premise email system – labor focused on managing servers, patch management, dealing with user issues, and the like. The use of a hosted system requires almost no IT labor to manage. Typically, only an hour or two per week of a single IT staff person's time is required to manage the relationship with a hosted provider.

Universal access to applications

Another important benefit of hosted applications is that they can provide access to a common set of applications and tools across all platforms: desktop computers, laptop computers, mobile devices and home computers. This benefit of hosted applications is of growing importance given that workforces are becoming more mobile. For example, an Osterman Research survey conducted earlier in 2008 found that 74% of users check their work-related email from home on weekdays.

Improved collaboration capabilities

Improved collaboration tools fosters improved productivity because it permits faster decision-making, increased transparency and a universal platform that can be provided to remote workers wherever they are, allowing organizations to hire anyone, anywhere without the need for IT to support them.

Easy expansion of productivity capabilities

However, collaborative applications include a variety of non-traditional capabilities, as well, such as video creation. Video can be useful for training in-house staff or clients, for senior managers to convey matters of corporate policy, to make presentations, and so forth. The popularity of video-sharing sites like YouTube attests to the value of video in conveying visual information.

Easy and rapid scalability

The value of using a hosted offering is that storage requirements are offloaded. To illustrate with a single application, video, if video becomes popular in an organization very quickly, storage systems can be overwhelmed. Using an in-the-cloud video creation and storage solution can make costs and storage requirements much more predictable.