What is cloud computing?


In the past few years, the term ‘cloud computing’ has been used to describe a number of different IT solutions – from accessing your software over the web, to moving your servers to a data centre, and services only available on the web. But exactly which one is it, and how does it benefit your business?

Cloud computing is no one service in particular - instead it’s a way of providing your business with business applications or an IT infrastructure via the internet.

You still get all the benefits of the latest technologies, only without any of the associated headaches of traditional IT ownership like upgrades, maintaining hardware, backing up data and staying compliant with regulations. In the cloud, that’s all taken care of by dedicated IT professionals.

In a nutshell, cloud computing allows you to outsource some or all of your IT concerns, leaving you free to focus on what you do best - running your business.

 

For those who want a bit more technical information

Cloud Computing can be broken into four main service offerings:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Desktop as a Service (Daas)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

 There are three types of Cloud computing:

  • Public cloud – built for public use
  • Private cloud – built for enterprise use
  • Hybrid cloud – combination of both public and private



“Cloud computing has given us the opportunity to combine our extensive legal sector expertise with leading-edge technology to offer our clients next generation solutions that enable them to succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace.”


TJ Viljoen, CEO, LexisNexis