Meet the Cloud Computing - the Xerox Clouds
Cloud Computing is thus slowly moving the entire Information Technology industry.
The capability has moved from local computers to network of computers that do all the heavy lifting.
All user's computers need is to be able to run the cloud computing system’s edge which can be as simple as a Web Browser.
Thus, cloud computing has expressively reduced the costs on acquiring hardware and software for systems.
Small and Medium size Businesses (SMB)
are steadily shifting to Cloud Infrastructure.
SMBs often lack time and financial assets to purchase, deploy and maintain the localized infrastructure
(e.g. the software, server and software). Cloud Computing allows SMBs to access these reserves and expand or
shrink services as business needs change. The common pay-as-you-go model is designed to let SMBs easily add or
remove services and typically have to pay to what they use.
There are practically infinite scenarios where Cloud Computing can be used. With the right set of applications,
cloud computing systems could run potentially everything from standard word processing software to modified
computer programs designed for a specific company could work on a cloud computing system.
The Importance of Cloud Computing Performance
Lower costs and no more installation hardship -
SMBs usually cannot afford large technology budget that would allow them to afford a robust IT staff and infrastructure.
The license fee for software, recurring fee for support and maintenance and potential disruptions associated with
upgrading software to newer versions are an unnecessary financial burden.
Zero up-front IT infrastructure or technology investments and the recurring costs are predictable.
Flexibility and easy deployment -
SaaS applications are highly configurable and flexible without the time and expense
of software redesign and coding. They require no additional server or hardware investments, are highly scalable and
do not require specialized IT staff. This provide a flexible and easy solution for SMBs which would be otherwise
spending on setting up technology infrastructure to run applications and would require to devote resources to install
and customize application. Most SaaS instances can be provisioned in minutes and quickly configured with branding,
process flows, additional fields, reports and other settings.
Ease of management and standardized solutions -
The absence of software installation or infrastructure requirements
results in a lesser burden on a SMB’s and their personnel. Employees do not have to worry about updating to newer
versions of the software or backups.