Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet.
If you're not familiar with the term "cloud computing," allow us to backtrack. You may be thinking...What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud now?
The term "cloud computing" is everywhere. In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your local on-premise computer or server. With cloud computing, you don’t need to make large upfront investments in hardware and spend a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that hardware. Instead, you can provision exactly the right type and size of computing resources you need to power your organization's IT needs. You can access as many resources as you need, almost instantly, and only pay for what you use.
JirehTech works with two prominent cloud computing platforms: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Eligible U.S. nonprofits are able to receive annual service credits of $2,000 USD for Amazon's platform and $5,000 USD for Microsoft's platform. We will assess your current configuration and deploy those same services "in the cloud."
To sum up why cloud computing is the right move for your organization is because it's a faster, better, and cheaper solution. Aside from the cost savings and increased performance, cloud computing offers redundancy (for those seeking a hybrid setup) and security as opposed to having a single-point-of-failure with an on-premise setup.
Stop spending money on running and maintaining data centers
Focus on projects that differentiate your organization, not the infrastructure. Cloud computing lets you focus on your own customers, rather than on the heavy lifting of racking, stacking and powering servers.
Increase speed and agility
In a cloud computing environment, new IT resources are only ever a click away, which means you reduce the time it takes to make those resources available from weeks to just minutes. This results in a dramatic increase in agility for the organization, since the cost and time it takes to experiment and deploy is significantly lower.
Trade capital expense for variable expense
Instead of having to invest heavily in a data center and servers before you know how you’re going to use them, you can only pay when you consume computing resources, and only pay for how much you consume.
Stop guessing capacity
Eliminate guessing on your infrastructure capacity needs. When you make a capacity decision prior to deploying an application or service, you often either end up sitting on expensive idle resources or dealing with limited capacity. With cloud computing, these problems go away. You can access as much or as little as you need, and scale up and down as required with only a few minutes notice.
Check out the below videos for more information on the two cloud computing platforms: AWS (left video) & Azure (right video).