Why We’re So Excited About Cloud Computing!
You’ve probably heard the old saying; it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. But do you know where that saying originated? Well, step back 75 years in time to the northwest Missouri town of Chillicothe. On July 7, 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Co. announced in their local newspaper that it was now marketing wrapped loaves of sliced bread to local grocery stores. An accompanying ad trumpeted: "Announcing: The Greatest Forward Step in the Baking Industry Since Bread was Wrapped -- Sliced Kleen Maid Bread." Sliced bread saved homemakers hours of drudgery. It put toasters in every home. And it resulted in millions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.1
Why is this relevant? Because we see Cloud Computing as the greatest thing since sliced bread! I’ve lived the computer revolution and worked in the industry through each
evolutionary phase, from mainframe computing through today’s global internet economy. I know cloud computing solves many of the issues typical of today’s client server model. Let’s address some of those.
First, Cloud Computing is subscription based. This means that the huge capital expense of buying equipment and software is assumed by your cloud provider and not you. Startup costs are eliminated. Your deployment schedule is measured in hours, not weeks.
Second, because cloud apps and infrastructure exist at your provider’s location, and they are motivated to keep that location secure, you can bet that the security provided by cloud vendors is better than yours. You don’t have to worry as much about viruses, hackers, disaster recovery and business continuity.
Third, Cloud Computing doesn’t require as many IT geeks on your payroll as the client-server model does. It costs you much less to manage. Small businesses regularly eliminate IT from the payroll.
Fourth, you don’t have to worry about those pesky patch and version upgrades. Your Cloud Computing vendor does those for you.
Fifth, if your business grows, it is much easier to expand your computing capacity than with the client-server model. The leading edge Cloud vendors today allow you to dynamically allocate additional processor, memory and disk capacity thru a secure internet interface. Within seconds, additional capacity appears.
And finally, when you add up all the costs of client-server computing, Cloud Computing will save you money. In almost very instance, it is a lower cost alternative to higher value IT than the traditional client-server model. So, next time you make a sandwich, think about the advantages of Cloud Computing. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!
1 http://www.puzzookies.com/SlilcedBread.html, by Paul Wenske </p>