As the technology has matured and prices have dropped, cloud computing has become very attractive to small-medium sized businesses. According to a 2010 global survey sponsored by Microsoft , 39% of SMB’s are planning on paying for cloud computing services within 3 years (by 2013). This represents a 34% growth rate. FPA has been managing information technology for companies in the greater Los Angeles area since 1991. Our premiere cloud solution, TheFPACloud, is the direct result of over 20 years in the trenches delivering high quality, secure, and reliable computing performance.
No matter which provider you choose, you'll find that almost every cloud has these core characteristics:
Imagine racks of server machines, humming along in a data center. Together, these servers become a massive pool of resources. Divide this "pool" into multiple virtual servers, and you create a "cloud."
Flexible & Scalable
Since virtual servers aren't physical, they're incredibly flexible, giving you what you need at the moment. Spin up a server in minutes, and take it down just as easily.
In the open cloud, you can easily move your servers around - without being locked into one provider or a closed, proprietary technology.
For the utmost security, create a private cloud on dedicated hardware. But always remember to put appropriate security measures in place, no matter which cloud you choose.
You'll get the greatest cost savings in the public cloud, where your virtual servers run on physical servers that you share with other customers.