Cloud Computing and Change, Microsoft, and Onsite Computer in New Orleans

June 17, 2008

An Onsite Computer Service client in New Orleans recently inquired about ‘cloud computing’ and its potential effect on the present software, hardware, and service model followed by most businesses. Cloud computing is not well know, at present; however many contend this will change in 2009 as giants like Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce.com (to name a few) make huge investments in data centers comprized of millions of servers.

For those unfamiliar with the term ‘cloud computing’, we quote Wikipedia, “The term Cloud Computing derives from the common depiction in most technology architecture diagrams, of the Internet or IP availability, using an illustration of a cloud. The computing resources being accessed are typically owned and operated by a third-party provider on a consolidated basis in Data Center locations. Target consumers are not concerned with the underlying technologies used to achieve the increase in server capability, and is sold simply as a service available on demand.

To simplify Wiki’s definition, cloud computing is simply using software and data that is stored on the Internet as opposed to your computer or company server. For businesses, this new model has several implications. Instead the traditional model of a small business investing in servers, software, and administration services to provide IT to their firms, with cloud computing a small business subscribes to its software and storage requirements from companies like Microsoft who provide web-based software and storage from their huge data centers. In the cloud computing paradigm, the burden of servers, their software and IT support is passed to the data center.  The data centers will experience huge economies of scale with the net result being a decrease in cost to the consumer – small and mid-sized businesses. 

Cloud computing is certainly change.  In the immortal words of Peter Drucker, “… we must embrace change or die…”  As the giant entrepreneurs enter this market, one thing is certain: competition and innovation are emerging and consumers are the beneficiaries.  Stay tuned as cloud computing enters its infancy and we monitor its life cycle.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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