Considered one of the greatest achievements in modern technology, cloud computing has changed business models of operation dramatically by placing service software directly in the cloud. Initially, cloud computing was primarily used for data storage and sharing information, thus offering additional backups for businesses and resources that could be accessed from anywhere at any time.

In more recent years, cloud computing has come to encompass enterprise architecture and computing processes, thus moving the operation and management of digital assets and data into the cloud.

Lowered Costs, Shared Tools

This transfer of knowledge has changed business significantly as companies can scale back on infrastructure and operational costs of setting up and running software they can now run virtually in the cloud. This has also radically altered business models as new entire businesses have sprung up in the cloud. Dropbox, the popular information sharing service, is an example of this new business model.

Complex Integration At Times

Despite all these improvements, integration between cloud computing applications and existing back office systems is not a seamless process. The complexity involved in integrating these solutions can lead to communication gaps and errors since the interfaces either do not function together cohesively.

Enterprise organizations that purchase cloud computing solutions have to be prepared for regular software updates and possible integration and customization concerns for their infrastructure. Just like any other integration process where you introduce new software or hardware into an existing system, cloud computing offers its own set of unique challenges.

Virtualization

With virtual hosting, a single server can become multiple, independent virtual servers, each with its own infrastructure, authorizations, applications and protection while the sharing of hardware uses resources efficiently and lowers costs. Keene Systems virtualization solutions give you the flexibility, power, reliability and security of dedicated servers plus the cost savings of virtualization.

Virtual environments increase the utilization rate of your physical servers, which in turn reduces your overall need for equipment.

Centralized management delivers a single, console-based control center that enables you to deploy, manage and scale your virtual instances as needed. This lets you react to the changing needs of your business faster and with greater flexibility.

Keene Systems Cloud Hosting Services

At Keene Systems, we have extensive experience working with clients to moving them into the cloud. Cloud hosting removes the limitations of a physical server's power and space by replacing it with a virtualized cluster of servers that businesses can burst into when they require more computing resources—RAM, CPU, bandwidth. Instead of having to provision, set up, manage and pay for a new server every time server usage spikes, customers simply tap into resources that are standing by, ready to work in a short amount of time. And when you're done consuming the resources, they can be turned off. This gives you the ability to have “computing power on demand."

Give us a call today to see how we can get your applications moved into the cloud. Also check out our Windows Azure development services.
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