What Cloud Computing Really Means
From an article on InfoWorld.com
Cloud computing is all the rage. "It's become the phrase du jour," says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that everyone seems to have a different definition.
As a metaphor for the Internet, "the cloud" is a familiar cliché, but when combined with "computing," the meaning gets bigger and fuzzier. Some analysts and vendors define cloud computing narrowly as an updated version of utility computing: basically virtual servers available over the Internet. Others go very broad, arguing anything you consume outside the firewall is "in the cloud," including conventional outsourcing.
Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT's existing capabilities.
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Can Cloud Services Help Your Small Business Grow?
From an article on Time.com
For small organizations or a company that’s just starting out, it makes sense to automate as many basic processes as you can and focus on the things that will make you a success. That’s where the cloud might help.
An overwhelming number of small businesses report that cloud (internet-based) services save them time and money – just under 90%, according to a recent survey. And nearly half claim that such cloud computing services helped them grow their businesses.
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Hanson's Local Cloud -
The Best of Both Worlds
One consideration with cloud computing and backup services is knowing where and how your data can be retrieved, should that need arise. At Hanson, we assure our clients that in the event of a disaster or system failure at their place of business, we can have their information to them in the time it takes to save and transport the file - typically within a few hours.
Hanson provides an enterprise grade cloud hosting environment for critical client applications. Applications such as Microsoft Exchange, database server and any other third party applications can be hosted at Hanson’s secured data center for faster access. And with a state of the art data center, Hanson can guarantee 99.9% up time and provide a service level agreement.
Client’s key software systems are kept up to date, available and managed for performance by our technicians, thus reducing a client’s IT expenses. This service provides improved reliability, availability, scalability and security of client IT systems with the client always having access to a team of product and technology experts.
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