A decade ago, business owners used to set aside a significant portion of their investment for building robust IT infrastructure to support the business operations. After successive innovations, the cloud came into the picture and changed the way organizations deploy and deliver applications. Many organizations have either successfully migrated to a cloud based model or on the verge of adopting one. Amidst the race to minimize IT expenditure, the cloud has emerged as a powerful business solution. Many businesses, however, are yet to make the transition to the cloud as they are yet to realize its full potential.
Notable aspects of cloud enablement for small businesses
What is Cloud Enablement
Cloud enablement is defined as a process wherein an organization shifts from the traditional approach of building and maintaining in-house IT infrastructure. Whether it’s an Operating System or a set of business applications, everything is delivered through remote servers managed by a vendor or a third party services provider.
1. Cloud Enabler
A cloud enabler can be defined as any IT firm that builds the backbone of a cloud computing environment such as developing hardware, software, storage, and networking components. Typical examples include Microsoft and Amazon.
2. Cloud Services
Cloud services are a set of IT services that an organization accesses through the internet. The service can be anything from an application or software that eliminates the need for in-house IT infrastructure. A Cloud services provider manages the several aspects of cloud services ranging from deployment to maintenance. In broad terms, cloud services can be offered as:
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS)
Platform as a Service(PaaS)
3. Cloud Provider
Cloud providers, in general terms, are the distributors of cloud technology that allows a client organization to utilize resources in the cloud based on monthly or annual subscription plans. A typical cloud provider can offer virtual servers, virtual machines and storage depending on the demand and needs of the client organization.
4. Private Cloud
In layman terms, a private cloud is specifically built to cater the needs of a single organization as the cloud hosts applications exclusive to an organization.
5. Public Cloud
In a public cloud model, a cloud service provider hosts applications that pertain to different organizations. In other words, it’s a shared service model that is less costly than a public cloud.
6. Hybrid Cloud
Simply put, a hybrid cloud combines the features of a public cloud and a private cloud.
Advantages of Cloud Enablement
On the access to any application on any device across the organization
Streamlines business operations
Reduced dependency on in-house IT teams
Decreases IT overheads of any organization by minimizing spends on cumbersome maintenance and troubleshooting activities
Reduces business downtimes
Improves core focus on the business rather than managing IT assets
Helps in implementing a robust business continuity
Cloud enablement promises significant benefits to any organization, it’s impossible to tap the full cloud potential overnight. Transitioning to the cloud requires planning more than a few aspects to ensure it doesn’t impact your business operations. If you are considering cloud migration for your small business but are skeptical of the road ahead, we have a team of IT experts and architects, leveraging years of domain experience in cloud deployment and maintenance.