What is it?
Cloud computing is a key paradigm shift for how technology systems are built and deployed. It is any IT resource such as an application, infrastructure, storage, or database that is provided over the internet on a subscription or on-demand basis. Instead of purchasing and installing expensive hardware, cloud computing customers typically rent usage from a third-party. This enables the customer to focus on their core competencies instead of on data center requirements, infrastructure, networks, maintenance, and monitoring.
Cloud Computing Services:
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – software delivered and hosted over the internet
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – platform for developers to develop, test, and deploy applications
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – fully outsourced computing infrastructure (i.e. data center)
- Database as a Service (DaaS) – traditional database platform delivered on a subscription basis
- Storage as a Service (STaaS) – storage that physically exists remotely, but is a logically storage resource
Types of Clouds:
- Public Cloud – external (third party) organizations provide the infrastructure and management required to implement the cloud
- Private Cloud – infrastructure is implemented within the enterprise’s data center and managed by internal resources
- Hybrid Cloud – environment consisting of internal and external providers such as hosting your web server in the public cloud and hosting your database in your private cloud
- The Intercloud – an expanding “cloud of clouds” concept where cloud providers offer the ability to communicate with one another including application and data portability
Why Is it Important?
In today’s economic environment, as Enterprises try to balance out and optimize their IT budgets, cloud computing can be an effective strategy to reduce the IT operations and management costs and free up critical resources and budget for discretionary innovative projects. Cloud computing can have a significant impact by reducing the footprint of IT operations by taking out the upfront capital investments needed for hardware and software licensing.
How We Can Help
Euclid helps to make companies more successful through process optimization and custom software and platform development. We are constantly vetting new and emerging technologies to help our clients understand if and when to introduce these technologies into their enterprise. Euclid’s Cloud Computing Services helps enterprises understand how they can leverage the cloud today and tomorrow. We start by performing a portfolio analysis to determine what in the environment can be moved into the cloud today. We then provide roadmaps and implementation services to help our clients get there. Our products and service offerings help enterprises develop and deploy software that drives:
- Lower upfront costs
- Shorter time to market
- Reduced operational overhead
- Elastic scalability