Will the CloudWork for You

Cloud computing seems simple in concept, and indeed, simplicity of operation, deployment and licensing are its most appealing assets. However when it comes to questions about assesablity, security or compliance, once you scratch the clouds surface you will find you have more questions than you intially asked in the first place and that there is indeed alot more to think about than you anticipated.

Regardless of your company's size or status, don't assume your cloud vendor's standard terms and conditions will fit your requirements. Start your due diligence by examining the vendor's contract.

With too many companies there's an assumption if you're dealing with a large cloud vendor that the vendor won't negotiate. When In fact, you might find that the vendor is willing to make some exceptions to raise your comfort level.In any case, don't be afraid to negotiate.

If you're new to the cloud, you may find that starting out on a pilot basis, or with non-critical data, is a good way to build confidence in the cloud

Our best advise to you is as with any partnership, it is important to clearly communicate up front the roles and responsibilities.
Before making a decision to go with any particular Cloud Computing vendor, ensure you have clarity on who does what as each vendor may be different.


Software as a Service

Using software as a service (SaaS), users are provided access to application software and databases. Cloud providers manage the infrastructure and platforms that run the applications. SaaS is sometimes referred to as "on-demand software" and is usually priced on a pay-per-use basis or using a subscription fee.

SaaS allows a business the potential to reduce IT operational costs by outsourcing hardware and software maintenance and support to the cloud provider. This enables the business to reallocate IT operations costs away from hardware/software spending and personnel expenses onother goals.One drawback of SaaS is that the users' data is stored on the cloud provider's server. As a result, there could be unauthorized access to the data. For this reason, users are increasingly adopting intelligent third-party systems to help secure their data.



Desktop as a Service

DaaS has a multi-tenancy architecture and the service is purchased on a subscription basis. With the DaaS delivery model, the service provider manages the back-end responsibilities of data storage,backup, security and upgrades. Typically, the customer's personal data is copied to and from the virtual desktop during logon/logoff and access to the desktop is device, location and network independent.

The cloud provider handles all the back-end infrastructure costs and maintenance,

The end result of this infrastructure is that users can access their data and applications from nearly any device, anywhere. It also provides increased data security, easier platform migration, improved disaster recovery, and new desktop provisioning in minutes instead of hours. DaaS also has the ability to help alleviate compliance issues for many organizations.



InfraStructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet.  IaaS is one of three main categories of cloud computing services, alongside Software as a Service (SaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

IaaS platforms offer highly scalable resources that can be adjusted on-demand. Other characteristics of IaaS environments include the automation of administrative tasks, dynamic scaling, desktop virtualization and policy-based services

In an IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of its users. IaaS providers also host users' applications and handle tasks including system maintenance, backup and resiliency planning.