What is cloud computing?
Harnessing the power of simplicity, cloud computing lets you run computer applications over the Internet without having to buy, install or manage physical servers, and simply uses a browser and an Internet connection to manage IT operations.
In recent years, cloud computing has burst onto the scenes, dramatically changing business structures and increasing the potential for productivity.
However, a recent survey across USA found that the average American consumer is not completely aware of what the ‘cloud’ is – 29% of respondents allocated it to something to do with the weather, and only 16% were able to read between the lines and correlate it to computer networks, remote storage, data sharing and the Internet.
More than just a fluffy white thing, cloud computing eliminates unnecessary administration tasks by removing the need to manage hardware and software. What’s more, by sharing infrastructure, you are working like a utility – only pay for what you need, when you need it and upgrades are automatic.
A new way of doing business; cloud computing turns software delivery on its head via:
- Low overheads: Upgrades, maintenance and system administration that take place in the cloud are managed by the vendor, so you don’t have to.
- Easy access anytime, anywhere: Cloud computing is 100% all the time, making it easy to grow your business and support your remote workforce.
- High availability: NetSuite commits a 99.5% uptime for its customers, delivering frequently better application levels than traditional on premise solutions.
- Security: The level of security and availability offered by a SaaS provider exceeds that which a company can provide themselves.
- Fast deployment: The NetSuite-One-System Solution can have you up and running within a few months, rather than the six to 12 months it would take to install and troubleshoot conventional servers.
The TCO of Cloud Computing in the SMB and Mid–Market Enterprises; A total cost of ownership comparison of cloud and on–premise business applications.
This independent report from analyst firm, Hurwitz & Associates, analyses the comparative Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of deploying cloud computing and on premise business applications. The report provides an overview of SMB requirements and challenges, provides context on how cloud computing is reshaping the economics and TCO of the business applications landscape, and compares the total cost of ownership for planning and design, infrastructure hardware, software and support, application software, deployment and training costs of traditional ERP / CRM on–premise solutions relative to NetSuite, which provides an integrated front and back office SaaS solution.