This post was published when I was working on a Cloud Computing provider in 2011, but most of it is still very up-to-date. I hope you enjoy it as my first post!

How Cloud Computing and Virtualization can improve your costs and make a better use of your computing power and resources.

Cloud Computing is the new fancy term in the IT world. But how, specifically, can an efficient Cloud Computing Infrastructure be obtained?

First, the definition of Cloud Computing is generally accepted as a model where the computing infrastructure (processors, storage and software) is somewhere, somebody is responsible for it, and you just have to use it, via internet, for example. You don’t have to know how it works, what it takes to be working and what will have to be done if something goes wrong. You just have to use it.

E-mail, for example, is a way of demonstrating cloud computing – accounts like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or Gmail. You have your account stored in a server but you don’t know where it is, what this machine looks like, and you don’t have to worry about securing your information. These concerns and responsibilities are held by the ones providing the service.

But how can cloud computing help you and your business, and how can you use it?

The first and best reason is cost reducing, because you don’t need to worry about having machines to support your business, buying equipment, hiring communication links, having expensive warranty contracts, or building a special room or area to keep your equipment secure and cool. And above all this, you won’t have to buy it all over again when it’s outdated or is not enough for your business anymore.

Since you don’t have to maintain all this equipment with you, it’s obvious you are going to save on energy consumption. And nowadays this process is interesting even for the companies providing the Cloud Computing service as well, because the new equipment uses the energy in a smarter way, casting only the “horsepower” it takes to keep the services running. Therefore, the use of Cloud Computing can, in a broader view, help reducing the energy consumption to levels never thought of before.

You can have upgrades immediately, or it can only take a server reboot. The resources can be rearranged in order to improve the responses of your server and provide a better service for your clients. The virtual servers can be “tailor made” to support the service they will hold, and a better usage of the equipment available can be obtained. Also, as said before, you don’t have to worry about outdated equipment anymore.

The storage space can be adjusted according to the needs, which means that you can hire a certain amount of disk space for your service and, whenever your business grows, the amount of data stored will grow as well, and the infrastructure will be prepared to provide as much space as your business may require.

A major point of concern regarding technology environment has always been high availability. And it can be obtained with a Cloud environment. The servers are hosted in a big machine, of course, but not in only one! Many servers running in parallel are set to hold the charge in order to maintain your business running if something goes wrong with a physical machine. The virtual servers in a physical host are automatically transferred to another available host in case this server cannot comply with its tasks anymore.

And, finally, since most of the computing power is held by the servers, less computing power is required on the client’s side. It means that more and more people may use your services without the need of having powerful machines, making it even more popular.

After presenting all these advantages of using Cloud Computing and the benefits you may obtain by using it, don’t you think it’s time to start looking for a professional Cloud Computing service provider? Find a reliable one and check which services they have that fits your needs best.