What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is the ability to provide businesses with computing services just like any other utility such as electricity or telephones. With Cloud Computing, you simply order the computing services you require and pay for those which you consume. This allows the business to concentrate on growth rather than spending time on IT.

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on public IT cloud services will reach £2.9-billion in 2013 and is expected to be more than £6.5-billion in 2017. Over the period from 2013–2017, public IT cloud services are expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5%, five times that of the IT industry as a whole.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing

Key benefits of cloud computing include:

  • - Reduced initial capital expenses through lower technology cost.
  • - Ability to redeploy ICT staff while maintaining or expanding capabilities.
  • - Greater agility and scalability to adapt to changing workloads and needs.
  • - Enhanced capability to meet organizational mission by aligning ICT resources to value-added tasks.

Microsoft cloud services let you deploy deeply-integrated solutions on-premises, in the cloud, or using a combination of both. Cloud computing can help you better manage and reduce your ICT costs to adapt to shrinking budgets while, at the same time, reducing your environmental impact and creating more time for ICT staff to focus on critical projects.