You are probably already in the Cloud. Some commonly used Cloud services include search engines and web based email services. Then there are the myriad of social computing clouds such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the list goes on. So if you are already getting great experience from existing cloud services, why not find out how your business can benefit from some of the great cloud services already on offer.
Reduce your capital costs. Once you are in the cloud you will never again need to pay up front for expensive computer hardware and related environmental support systems including air conditioning upgrades and uninterruptable power supplies.
Pay as you use. Public Cloud service operators typically offer pay as you use plans on an hourly or even by the minute basis.
You can licence software by the hour. Depending on what you need, Cloud providers will include software licences that you effectively rent on periodic terms that can be monthly, hourly or even by the minute.
Click to upsize. Need more memory, processing power or storage? Traditionally this meant lengthy delays purchasing and implementing new hardware and software licences. With Cloud computing, hardware and software licence upgrades are as simple as a few mouse clicks and a reboot.
Click to downsize. Does your business have slow periods where your hardware is hardly used at all. No problem, a few clicks and a reboot and you can downsize to the scale you need, saving you dollars in real time.
Automatically scale to meet variable demand. Depending on your business you may have to cater for large peaks and troughs in your business processing load. Public cloud providers deliver clever auto-scaling functions that allow for automatic scaling up and down to meet your variable processing load.
Cloud computing delivers better security. A properly designed cloud solution will incorporate appropriate authentication controls, encrypt network communication and encrypt data at rest.
Connect multiple business sites. There are a variety of ways to connect to your Cloud provider ranging from dedicated private links, multi-site to site VPN links and regular web protocols such as HTTPS and FTP.
Rapidly Globalise your workforce. Public Cloud providers have major datacentres located in key geographic regions around the world, including Australia. This allows you to position your business systems more closely to your workforce and customers.