Welcome!

Artificial Intelligence Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui

Blog Feed Post

Guest Post: How to Choose the Right Cloud Services for Businesses

Today we’re happy to share a post from Deney Dentel, CEO for Nordisk Systems, Inc.  Nordisk Systems provides cloud computing infrastructure, available and accessible for businesses of all sizes and industries.

Enjoy!

—————

There are many reasons to make the switch to cloud services for you and your business. Not only does a cloud service provide a range of proven benefits for businesses, it is also incredibly important right now. With so many large clients offering cloud based services for their clients for the products, such as Amazon and Apple, understanding cloud computing has never been more critical. First thing is to understand what cloud computing is and what it means to your business. Cloud computing refers to the use of non-physical means to create a computing environment. For most small business owners, that means cloud computing = using the internet to run software.

When you are on the cloud you don’t spend time worrying about physical software and hardware – you can focus on your business instead. Being on the cloud also means more scalability (Need more users? Just add them!) and flexibility (Need to change something? No problem!). However, before switching to the cloud the most important thing to do is assess the role that cloud computing will play for your business. Many IT providers will give you the tools to properly assess your environment – that might include checklists, tutorials, or 3rd party consultants.

Cloud computing is broken down into categories:

  • SaaS – Software as a Service.  Also known as “on-demand software”, this is the delivery of an application or software via a network or cloud. A customer is given access to the software via the internet. Common applications and software that are considered SaaS include: email, CRM, SharePoint, Help Desk applications, and document management.
  • IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service. IaaS is most common form of cloud based services. It refers to the delivery of computer and storage resources via a network on a cloud. Common applications that are considered IaaS includes: virtual machines, storage, servers, load balancers, and the network. This probably doesn’t mean much if you’re not an IT guy, but it can be important, especially as you grow.
  • SECaaS – Security as a Service (and probably the worst acronym ever). This is a business model that provides security management and overview of network and server devices. More and more businesses are looking for this.
  • PaaS – Platform as a service. PaaS known as the delivery of database management systems and middleware via the network.  Common PaaS services that are available from cloud providers include: Oracle, MS SQL, DB2, MS.NET and Websphere. Again, that’s probably wayyy too much jargon for business owners, but it’s something you’ll want to research as you grow larger.
The main advantages of these services depend largely on how you use them. Oftentimes they’re less expensive than alternatives – some are even free (the Google Apps suite, for example). The pricing model (usually monthly) is aligned with small businesses, so you’re not stuck with huge expenses up front. It’s also  its pay per usage so you won’t be paying for a service that is not effectively used. Most services are also fast and reliable (do your homework first though), meaning saved money and fewer headaches. As mentioned above, cloud computing services also tend to be scalable, flexible, and, well, just easier to use.  If you’re a small or medium sized business, give it a shot!

—————

VM Associates is a New York City based cloud computing consulting firm. We help companies transition into newer, better, smarter software. Contact us to talk about your business, the cloud, and how we might help.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Chris Bliss

Chris Bliss works at VM Associates, an end-user consultancy for businesses looking to move to the cloud from pre-existing legacy systems.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Global Network has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The IoT Global Network is a platform where you can connect with industry experts and network across the IoT community to build the successful IoT business of the future.
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Disruption, Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Leadership and Management hear these words all day every day... lofty goals but how do we make it real? Add to that, that simply put, people don't like change. But what if we could implement and utilize these enterprise tools in a fast and "Non-Disruptive" way, enabling us to glean insights about our business, identify and reduce exposure, risk and liability, and secure business continuity?
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.