IT support providers in Orlando have become increasingly concerned with providing as-a-service (aaS) solutions through cloud computing networks to diverse clients. There are a number of reasons for this; chief among them is the cost-effectiveness deriving from the cloud.
If you're unfamiliar, cloud computing is basically a network of servers which work together as one. Think of pixels on a screen. Your computer has thousands of them, but you can't tell they're there unless you look really closely. Server farms like those of Amazon contain more than a million servers working as a cloud array. They increase the speed with which data can be processed and programs can be used. Additionally, they act as a means of replacing systems that traditionally would only be available internally.
Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) makes a desktop interface with your network accessible even remotely. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows you to use the cloud to host software solutions which require exceptional processing power. Then you've got Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Device-as-a-Service (the other DaaS), and many more similar virtualized solutions.
Conceivably, a cloud-based as-a-service model as facilitated by an IT support provider in Orlando can "float" your entire network on the cloud, outsource the space necessary for those servers, outsource the space necessary for employees to work internally, and essentially outsource tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in operational costs annually.
Public and Hybrid
There are two kinds of cloud-based models from which you can launch aaS solutions: the public cloud and private cloud. The public cloud is essentially like renting an apartment amidst others in a unit. The private cloud is like owning your own apartment complex.
Virtualization is basically a term which refers to the services cloud computing arrays (public or private) are involved with, but it's more than that. You can construct virtualized environments in which to test programs. Additionally, you can virtualize servers. This acts like partitioning a hard drive.
If you partition a hard drive, you can run two separate operating systems from the same drive. Basically, the computer cuts the drive in half and puts one system on one side and one on the other. With servers networked together in a cloud array, you can partition entire servers worth of operational space. Virtual servers and other environments can be used just like physical ones, only at less cost and greater overall utility over time.
An IT support provider in Orlando can help you virtualize on public or private platforms as fits operational needs. Contact us at ION247 for more information and to find your best solution.