The Five Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing

Cloud technology is in the news quite often these days, but it still seems to be mysterious and confusing to the non-techie crowd.  Cloud options are enticing various industries across the board, which is why it’s important to know it’s essential characteristics as a software offering.  Here are the five main characteristics that cloud computing offers businesses today.

  1. On-demand capabilities:  A business will secure cloud-hosting services through a cloud host provider which could be your usual software vendor.  You have access to your services and you have the power to change cloud services through an online control panel or directly with the provider.  You can add or delete users and change storage networks and software as needed. Typically, you are billed with a monthly subscription or a pay-for-what-you-use scenario.  Terms of subscriptions and payments will vary with each software provider.
  2. Broad network access:  Your team can access business management solutions using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and office computers.  They can use these devices wherever they are located with a simple online access point.  This mobility is particularly attractive for businesses so that during business hours or on off-times, employees can stay on top of projects, contracts, and customers whether they are on the road or in the office.  Broad network access includes private clouds that operate within a company’s firewall, public clouds, or a hybrid deployment.
  3. Resource pooling:  The cloud enables your employees to enter and use data within the business management software hosted in the cloud at the same time, from any location, and at any time.  This is an attractive feature for multiple business offices and field service or sales teams that are usually outside the office.
  4. Rapid elasticity:  If anything, the cloud is flexible and scalable to suit your immediate business needs.  You can quickly and easily add or remove users, software features, and other resources.
  5. Measured service:  Going back to the affordable nature of the cloud, you only pay for what you use.  You and your cloud provider can measure storage levels, processing, bandwidth, and the number of user accounts and you are billed appropriately.  The amount of resources that you may use can be monitored and controlled from both your side and your cloud provider’s side which provides transparency.

The cloud introduces many options to your IT department and services that can improve productivity, cut IT expenses, and improve both profitability and customer services.  Contact DFC Consultants, Ltd. to discuss your cloud options.

By DFC Consultants, Ltd., Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner out of Fargo, North Dakota

About Sabrina Zimara, DFC Consultants, Ltd

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