Cloud Computing

The Next Logical Step in Business Computing

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers—over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis. Today’s organizations are under continuing pressure to do more with less. They want solutions that are resilient, reliable and drive competitive advantage. And at the same time, they want simpler, cost-effective and easy to deploy solutions. Cloud computing solutions are answering these needs by fundamentally transforming how organizations staff, manage and deliver IT services.

Commonly Used Cloud Services

The cloud is about providing services—Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Another way to look at it: The cloud is about providing a pool of computing resources that all operate together, effectively as a single computer.

The cloud has been called the next logical step in enterprise computing. No longer as much about managing infrastructure, enterprise computing is now more about managing information. It’s about having your storage, your application development environment, your applications and your security available to you when you need them—all from an information technology grid.

Cloud Computing Deployment Models

There are basically three cloud models; known as Public, Private and Hybrid. All three are different based on where the ultimate authority of computing operations lies. Below are the main features of each of the three cloud models and their respective differences.

  1. Public Cloud
    Public clouds are owned and operated by companies that use them to offer rapid access to affordable computing resources to other organizations or individuals. With public cloud services, users don’t need to purchase hardware, software or supporting infrastructure, which is owned and managed by providers.
  2. Private Cloud
    A private cloud is owned and operated by a single company that controls the way virtualized resources and automated services are customized and used by various lines of business and constituent groups. Private clouds exist to take advantage of many of cloud’s efficiencies, while providing more control of resources.
  3. Hybrid Cloud
    Hybrid cloud, as the name suggests, combines the features of both types of cloud systems described above. Companies that seek to capitalize on the benefits of both types cloud offerings prefer hybrid cloud. Typically, in a Hybrid cloud environment, companies store their vulnerable and important data on the private cloud, and less risky applications on the public cloud platform.

How Are Organizations Using Cloud Solutions Today?

  • To improve overall customer experiences by enhancing existing products and services or providing new ones
  • To create new business models and push into new markets
  • To make operational improvements, including automating processes and enhancing employee productivity

The Benefits

Maximize Resources with Minimal Investment

  • Predictable budgets—Change IT budget from expensive upfront costs to lower monthly charges.
  • Reduced infrastructure costs—Eliminate the need for a large amount of in-house infrastructure thus lowering the drain on budget and IT support.
  • Lower operational costs—Maintenance, personnel, updates, and infrastructure upgrades are handled by your vendor freeing up budgets for other IT initiatives.
  • Freedom from commitment—Most vendors operate on a pay-as-you-go model. So you can quickly and easily switch to alternate vendors if you find a better fit.

Drive Competitive Advantage

  • Faster time to market—Become more agile and responsive to customer needs with improved workflow and the ability to rapidly prototype.
  • Drives innovation—Cloud computing drives innovation in two ways: (1) Customer value proposition. Enhance current products and/or services to improve the overall customer experience. (2) Value chain. Gain flexibility in operating capabilities enabling a rapid role change within the market.
  • Closer connection to resources—Maximize the ability to operate remotely by making data and applications accessible from any device and any location.

Maximize Flexibility

  • Deployment flexibility—Deploy at your speed and comfort level.
  • Scale flexibility—Rapidly and fluidly scale up or down to meet your organization’s needs. Pay only for what you use.
  • Future flexibility—Adapt to new technology as it is introduced.

Why Cold Creek?

Cold Creek’s cloud strategy is to offer choice and flexibility with the most comprehensive, modern, and secure portfolio of cloud products and services to fit your business needs. No matter what combination of solutions you need for your organization, Cold Creek has you covered with:

  • Unmatched flexibility and a choice of deployment across public, private and hybrid cloud
  • Controlled access to private information with world-class security and encryption that’s layered, federated, and compliant
  • Industry-leading partnerships and technologies at all levels of the technology stack