IT

Cloud Computing

SaaS

Software as a service (SaaS) is the most commonly used option for businesses in the cloud market.

As businesses become more comfortable operating in the cloud, SaaS solutions are becoming more popular. However, while many end users can self-provision SaaS technology independently, others find that they need a third party to help with integration, customisation and security.

The most popular SaaS is Office 365, which provides users with a fully comprehensive list of Office applications like Word, Excel, Outlook to work on from any device without installing any software.

Cloud Storage

A method for storing, retrieving and sharing data that’s simple, reliable and scalable. Cloud storage is a cloud computing model that stores data on the Internet through a cloud computing provider that manages and operates data storage as a service. It’s delivered on-demand with just-in-time capacity and costs and eliminates buying and managing your own data storage infrastructure. This gives you agility, global scale and durability, with “anytime, anywhere” data access.

 

Benefits of Cloud Storage

Storing data in the cloud lets IT departments transform three areas:

  • Total Cost of Ownership. There is no hardware to purchase, storage to provision, or capital being used for “someday” scenarios with cloud storage. You can add or remove capacity on-demand, quickly change performance and retention characteristics, and only pay for storage that you use. Less frequently accessed data can even be automatically moved to lower-cost tiers following auditable rules, driving economies of scale.
  • Time to Deployment. When development teams are ready to execute, infrastructure should never slow them down. Cloud storage allows IT to quickly deliver the exact amount of storage needed, right when it’s needed. This will enable IT to focus on solving complex application problems instead of having to manage storage systems.
  • Information Management. Centralising storage in the cloud creates a tremendous leverage point for new use cases. Using cloud storage lifecycle management policies, you can perform powerful information management tasks, including automated tiering or locking down data in support of compliance requirements.