Up in the Clouds

Get-closer-to-cloud-computing-blog_main_gold-646x300Cloud computing has grown in popularity over the past few years as a way for businesses to reduce their costs and grow revenue. Scalability, flexibility and resource utilization all improve from cloud computing, eliminating some of the financial pain points of the past. If you’re considering moving to a cloud-based model, there are five key facts to know about cloud computing before you get started.

  1. Cloud delivers applications and services: Customers can enjoy pay-as-you-go connectivity to applications and data storage over a network.
  2. Virtualized infrastructures deliver cloud services: While the cloud sounds like an intangible place, it is physically delivered using a virtual infrastructure and networks made possible by web service APIs.
  3. Communication in the cloud is standard: Virtualization services are still hosted by servers in a data center, and the way a server talks to storage doesn’t change.
  4. Management unlocks efficiency: After virtualizing a server, don’t forget to keep managing your storage. Otherwise, extra expenses are sure to follow.
  5. Efficiency reduces cost: It sounds obvious, but the fact remains—efficient storage and efficient management combine to save big, which can help loosen budget constraints for other areas of a business.

After internalizing these five facts, you’re one step closer to cloud computing. The next thing to consider is how to guarantee the reliability and simplicity of operation mentioned above. Imation’s Nexsan enterprise-class storage is purpose-built to support any cloud infrastructure and deliver these components and more. Here’s more on how Imation can help your organization along the path to cloud computing.


Up in the Clouds

Cloud computing has grown in popularity over the past few years as a way for businesses to reduce their costs and grow revenue. Scalability, flexibility and resource utilization all improve from cloud computing, eliminating some of the financial pain points of the past. If you’re considering moving to a cloud-based model, there are five key facts to know about cloud computing before you get started.

  1. Cloud delivers applications and services: Customers can enjoy pay-as-you-go connectivity to applications and data storage over a network.
  2. Virtualized infrastructures deliver cloud services: While the cloud sounds like an intangible place, it is physically delivered using a virtual infrastructure and networks made possible by web service APIs.
  3. Communication in the cloud is standard: Virtualization services are still hosted by servers in a data center, and the way a server talks to storage doesn’t change.
  4. Management unlocks efficiency: After virtualizing a server, don’t forget to keep managing your storage. Otherwise, extra expenses are sure to follow.
  5. Efficiency reduces cost: It sounds obvious, but the fact remains—efficient storage and efficient management combine to save big, which can help loosen budget constraints for other areas of a business.

After internalizing these five facts, you’re one step closer to cloud computing. The next thing to consider is how to guarantee the reliability and simplicity of operation mentioned above. Imation’s Nexsan enterprise-class storage is purpose-built to support any cloud infrastructure and deliver these components and more. Here’s more on how Imation can help your organization along the path to cloud computing.