Every cloud computing service works in a different way but where most of them seem to come together is in the user-friendly dashboard they provide, browser-based and easy for both developers and IT professionals alike to find and order what resources they need and carry out account management.
Some of these services also work with a command line interface and with REST APIS, providing developers with several options to choose from.
The way it works is actually very simple and cost-effective. Instead of businesses having to fork out for expensive hardware or rent that hardware from another data center, they simply pay to gain access to a huge pool of resources provided by, in this case, Microsoft.
These resources allow the business to host email and web servers, file storage serves, databases, user directories, software, virtual machines; the list goes on.
As a business grows and their requirements become more intensive, instead of having to upgrade their existing physical hardware, at huge expense, they can just purchase more from the cloud. Cloud computing provides all the resources a business could possibly require and, as demand grows, those resources are assigned as needed.
Let’s say, for example, that you are one of the executives for a large business. Your job responsibilities include ensuring that all company staff are served with the hardware and software they need to get their jobs done efficiently and effectively.
Yes, every member of staff has the computer they need but it doesn’t stop there; software licenses and software must also be purchased. When you hire new staff, you have to do it all again to ensure they have what they need. Stress levels can easily get out of control!
Cloud computing takes the hard work and the stress out of the job. Rather than having to install the right software on the right computers for each individual member of staff, because they won’t all need access to the same, all you would need to do is install one simple application.
From there, your staff log in and access a service hosted on the web; that service provides access to all the programs they need to do their jobs and all you need to do is provide user permissions. Everything else is done remotely – from basic email hosting to the most complex programs for data analysis.
No longer do local computers need to do the heavy lifting in terms of running the applications. The cloud, made of a huge computer network, does it all for you. Demands for software and hardware decrease and all your computer system needs to do is run the cloud interface software for the system you choose.
Most of us already use cloud computing – email services like Yahoo!, Hotmail and Gmail are all on the cloud as are many other services you use regularly.
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of cloud computing.