Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Environment

Managed Cloud Computing and Hosting

Before getting down and dirty with the managed cloud, it might be better to understand the basics of cloud computing and hosting. But for those who want to skip the geek lesson, let's just say that cloud hosting removes the need to worry about physical hardware or servers. Instead, it uses shared internet-based cloud computing power to provide software, information, etc. On request.

Users can tap into the large clouds provided by many companies. But this still leaves the issue of loading, configuration, backups and other related tasks. For those who want nothing to do with setting up and running a setup based on cloud computing, an easy alternative is a managed cloud.

The simple way to explain this is as a setup without any physical hardware to own or worry about. Cloud computing puts the company's system, files, applications and all other software into a data center off-site. This data center is accessible from anywhere, and offers a virtual system for the company to load, configure and use.

If the company wants to make it even easier, it can instead sign up with a provider who will also take care of the setup, configuration and management. This leaves the company and its users free to simply use the system. There's no need to worry about hardware costs, keeping IT staff for managing the system and the utility bills for the infrastructure.

It also offers many other benefits, such as scalability. As far as the company's end users are concerned, nothing changes with size. There's no need to switch servers or providers or opt for a new hosting plan. Since the cloud's resources are shared and accessible upon request, there are no peak load or capacity waste issues.

The company can resize the cloud specs (CPU, RAM HDD, bandwidth, etc) on demand. The cloud provider will only charge for resources actually used. There are also subscription based models, where the company pays a fixed fee regardless of the specs or usage. Cloud hosting can be self-managed by the company or managed by a hosting provider.

In summary, a managed cloud frees a company from limitations of size and demand. A small company can utilize massive computing power as and when required and not have to pay for the whole thing. Big companies can save a lot of money by shifting to a cloud, where there is no need to maintain the physical infrastructure and support staff.

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