Jennifer Naughton President Radiant Resources
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Cloud 101 For Business Owners
Wrapping your Head Around the Cloud
At Radiant Resources, we are fluent in both IT and business. We bring clarification to everything we do. There is a great deal of conversation about the cloud. If you’re unclear about the cloud concept, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick back-of-the-napkin explanation:
Cloud Computing is a business model. Information and technology are centralized and accessible by any device: smart phone, laptop or tablet and available from any internet or cell phone connection.
Where is the Cloud?
“IT cloud centralization” or all the servers and software needed to run your business can be placed onsite at your location, at a remote data center or both.
What are my options?
Public — You Share It
The public cloud is shared by multiple customers and hosted on a third party site. salesforce.com is a good example. It is a public cloud software application leveraged by many mid-market businesses. Your sales team signs in and manages their selling process. Your data is held in your account separated from other accounts on a server in a remote location. Many mid-sized companies are already leveraging the public cloud for some of their operations. You do not have to be an end-user of a service like Salesforce to be on the public cloud, you can “rent space” as needed for your own internal applications on public cloud services such as HP Cloud, Amazon or Rackspace.
Private — You Own It
A private cloud is comparable to having your company’s infrastructure online. It can be located onsite or at a secure data center. Some mid-sized businesses choose an entirely private cloud over other options. One good example would be a company that is doing business with a government department such as the Department of Defense whose vendor contracts have highly restrictive data parameters. Private clouds leverage virtualization to gain hardware efficiencies and significantly faster recoveries from disasters.
Hybrid — You Share Some, You Own Some
The hybrid cloud brings the best of both models together — with some applications running on your data center while others are on the public cloud.
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