What is Cloud Computing?

You hear a lot about the cloud these days, usually from sources that make it sound highly complicated and technical. In fact, the concept of cloud computing is quite simple, but also extremely powerful in terms of convenience and utility.

For consumers, it may seem like the cloud is simply offsite storage, but businesses can utilize this technology for much more. Cloud computing with software like Microsoft Azure creates unprecedented business technology solutions that are accessible to any organization.

Why Businesses Need Cloud Computing

According to Internet legend, Bill Gates once claimed that 640 kB of RAM should be sufficient for anyone. Of course, today RAM usage, even on home computers, can go into the hundreds of gigabytes. If the history of computing is any indication, this number will only continue to rise.

The cycle is well-established in the computer world. Technology brings new software and capabilities requiring ever larger amounts of storage space and processing power. In response, personal computers become more powerful. As the median level of personal computing power goes up, technology companies create new ways to use this power, and so the cycle continues.

What this means for a business is that the demand for technology is always growing. Keeping up can require near-constant hardware upgrades. Regardless of the type of business or the products and services offered, many companies are finding that their necessary IT budget imposes serious limits on spending for other departments.

To keep a business growing and thriving in today's computer-driven world, then, requires new business technology solutions. Services like Innovative Architects' cloud computing, built on the backbone of Microsoft Azure software, are designed to end the cycle of hardware upgrades, offering businesses the ability to focus more of their efforts and budgeting on marketing and improving the products and services they provide.

Business Technology Solutions Available Through the Cloud

Most people know cloud computing only for its storage capabilities. In fact, Microsoft Azure has expanded the utility of the cloud far beyond simple off-site hard drives. Even if the goal is only storage, the options for how data is stored and accessed have grown tremendously.

Tables of data can be stored, as well as binary large object (BLOB) files and queued messages, which can be distributed to an entire workforce regardless of location. These multiple storage options have opened up SQL database capabilities on the cloud. Employees can access and update relational databases from any location, without worrying about accidental overwriting and other complications that come with multi-user databases stored on a standard hard drive.

Even custom business technology solutions are easier to create and access through Microsoft Azure. The architecture supports web-based applications, and the Windows Azure Marketplace even offers businesses the opportunity to purchase third-party applications that integrate well with the cloud computing service.

Make the Cloud Work for You

Innovative Architects' business technology solutions utilize Microsoft Azure to help businesses of every size streamline their technology. Rather than undergoing constant hardware upgrades, and incurring the costs associated with keeping technology up-to-date, companies can utilize cloud storage and processing to extend the life of their on-site hardware.

Cloud computing offers the ability to improve and expand your technology with minimal impact on your operating budget, as well as hassle-free backups and safe, long-term storage for your company's data. Contact Innovative Architects to learn more about what cloud computing with Microsoft Azure can do for your business.

If you're looking to implement systems and processes that will make your company function more effectively, Gold-Certified Microsoft consultants at Innovative Architects can help. Contact us and inquire about how Microsoft Azure cloud computing services can help your company accomplish its goals.