Cloud Computing, Microsoft, and Small Businesses

July 16, 2009

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans received an email from a Microsoft business client regarding cloud computing and his small business.  We’ve discussed cloud computing on this blog in the past.  Cloud computing utilizes a subscription business model that serves computing power, data storage or applications from a computing center, over the Internet.  This allows customers to pay for software based on how much they use it rather than with a perpetual license.  Examples of cloud subscription services provided by Microsoft are Windows Live, Microsoft Office Live Small Business, Hosted Exchange and Exchange Hosted Services, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Live to name a few.

ATMs in the banking industry are a great example of cloud computing in the IT industry.   The ATM was created to reduce labor costs and handle transactions like withdrawals and deposits in a self-service business model. Cloud computing was created to eliminate hardware and software costs associated with in-house enterprise serversCloud computing delivers enterprise features and benefits to the masses at a fraction of the in-house cost. By providing software as a service versus an application that is installed on an in-house system, software providers can easily maintain and upgrade software, fix bugs, and greatly decrease the time it takes to get new products and functionality to market.

Cloud computing incorporates a combination of technologies like grid computing, utility computing, SAAS [software as a service], and online storage to create a shift in how IT services are delivered. According to Gartner analysts in March 2009, global cloud services revenue could exceed $56.3 billion this year. That’s an increase from $46.4 billion in 2008, and some expect cloud revenue could grow to $150.1 billion in 2013.

Cloud computing isn’t meant to replace a small company’s need for network infrastructure or outsource its entire data center operations.  Applications like email, data analytics, storage, and developer platforms are excellent examples of workloads that migrate well to cloud computing. Does cloud computing offer a cost effective alternative to in-house servers and software for your business?  Contact Onsite Computer today to discover the entire cloud computing story as it applies to your business.

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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