Small mom & pop or local companies often don’t have the resources to invest in the expensive servers required to take advantage of the benefits electronic data integration offers…most of the time, there’s no need for that much space anyway.
For companies only needing small bits of space, Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing systems provides an effective low-cost option.
What cloud computing does is store information on off-site servers – companies only pay for the space they use
Cloud computing in fact is defined as an IT-system delivered through the Internet. The term ‘cloud’ is in fact a metaphor for describing the Internet…a similar terms was used to describe the telephone network a long time ago.
Another way to think about cloud computing and Internet-based IT delivery systems is to consider the electric grid and how it delivers electricity to your home or business. Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system (…and others) provide on-demand access to critical business information right from your computer, like a light switch.
Specifically, Microsoft’s Azure system includes 5 components, which helps users with the following:
- Fabric Controller
- Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Azure users access one of Microsoft’s six servers located throughout the world. After logging on with a Windows User ID from any computer with an Internet connection, businesses can use Azure’s user-friendly design to either create a hosting account to run applications, a storage account to store data, or both.
Cloud computing systems like Azure are actually quite easy to use once you learn them. It doesn’t take a computer whiz to understand once you see one in action.
To see how having access to a cloud computing system can save your company time and money and to learn more about Azure’s components, read our latest article on cloud computing in our EDI integration knowledge center today.
And if you’re ready to see cloud computing in action and would like to begin the process of setting your company up, contact Atlanta-based cloud computing consultants at Innovative Architects today.