The Cloud Is Built On Virtualization Technology Helping Businesses Cut IT Costs
Cloud technology is ever evolving but its foundation is virtualization technology. Virtualization is when you create and run more than one technology environment on the same server. In the past businesses would have had to have individual servers for mail and various applications, utilizing only a fraction of that server’s capacity. Running in a virtualized environment is now considered one of the best ways to reduce IT costs, increase network performance, lower energy consumption and provide better utilization of your IT staff
Studies have shown that companies who moved to server virtualization cut their hardware costs in half! In addition, a 2009/10 survey found that almost 50% of respondents said that virtualization solutions delivered tangible performance and cost benefits.
ITIC-Information Technology Industry Council, Laura DiDio, Principal
• Quicker solutions for disaster recovery
• Improved application deployment
• Ease of server image replication and test environment creation
• Faster application provisioning
• Increase system reliability and decrease system downtime
• Better management of remote employees.
This Cloud Technology gives business owners several options of cloud solutions to choose from, for their business. A private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud or hosted clouds are the most common just to name a few.
With so many options, how do you know what Cloud is right for your business? Let’s start with explaining the various types of Clouds and the benefits and draw-back’s to each of them.
Private Cloud is many times what businesses think they need for security purposes. A Private Cloud utilizes infrastructure operated solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally. Although, you still have all the benefits like energy reduction (cost savings) and ease of manageability, the upfront investment to build and manage it could make it cost prohibitive for small and medium sized businesses. In a hosted cloud solution, a business enjoys all the benefits of a private cloud solution, in a pay per usage model, rather than having to make a large capital investment in virtualization technology.
On the other end of the spectrum, a Public Cloud is one that is based on the standard cloud computing model. This is where a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services are offered on a pay-per-usage model or in some instances for free like Google Docs. There are several benefits of using a public cloud such as; easy and inexpensive set-up because hardware, application and bandwidth costs are covered by the provider, it’s easy to scale and you aren’t wasting resources paying for things you don’t fully utilize. The drawback is, the services offered in the public cloud may not align with your business model and you are at the mercy of the provider as these are typically free cloud services.
Many companies turn to a Hybrid Cloud Solution utilizing both a public and private cloud. A business can approach the Cloud by looking for specific applications that can be taken to a public cloud, while still having a private cloud for areas of your business that need stricter compliance.
Still not sure which cloud is the best option for your business, Sun Digital can help! As the leading provider of Cloud Technology in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida area, we have the experience to help you make the best decision for your business. Call us for a complimentary cloud solution consultation.
If you would like more information on which of applications are best for the cloud, please read this post in our Green IT Florida blog, what applications are good options to move into the cloud.