What do we love about technology?
It’s constantly evolving and is created to make our lives easier both personally & professionally. We live in a world where everything is connected. Cloud computing uses the internet & remote central servers to maintain data & applications. Gmail, Yahoo mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Hotmail etc are all the most basic and widely used examples of cloud computing. There have been major advancements in technology moving from mainframes & local servers to a connected world. We live in an era of billions of connected things – smartphones, tablets, computer, application software, everything and everyone is connected. Enerex stays at the forefront of technology to help our clients stay ahead of the curve.
A Quick History Lesson
This shift has been fueled by many technology revolutions. In 1974, IBM started its Systems Network Architecture (SNA) and then moved to local area networks (LANs) where users could download the software remotely, run an application on a computer or server in their building that interconnects computers in a limited area such as a home, school, computer laboratory etc. At this point companies were investing millions of dollars into IT to implement ERPs & CRMs as they needed to maintain data servers, hardware, software applications and a large IT team. This cost became a big pain point across all the industries. Customization, enhancement, migration was very difficult due to limitation of the technology.
At the beginning of 1990’s world wide area network (WAN) was introduced, by connecting to a “cloud” from a service provider, companies no longer needed to invest million of dollars to purchase & maintain the data center and manage individual links between each of the locations.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing allows users access to applications through the internet. “The cloud” means an always-on connection to web-based applications, data storage, processing and other computing resources. When you update your Facebook status, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges, whether you’re firing off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you to manage your workload. By having these servers hosted by technology firms like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, you gain the best data protection in terms of protocols/firewalls available.
Some of the most important benefits of cloud computing include:
1. Rapid implementation
A business can sign up and start using an application in the cloud instantly. Even the most wide-ranging enterprise applications are usually up and running in a matter of days or weeks, rather than months or years.
2. Little or no up-front costs
Businesses can move away from the up-front costs and can start using applications straight away. Cloud software means it’s possible to dramatically reduce or even eliminate capital expenditure costs and instead simply pay an all-in monthly fee for the service.
3. Instant scalability
With cloud-based applications, the number of users can be increased or decreased as needs change over time. That means businesses pay only for what is needed and never have to worry about running out of capacity.
Patching, upgrading and testing applications can take up days of IT staff time every month, but with cloud applications none of this is necessary. That’s because it’s all handled in the cloud, leaving your staff with more time to work on new projects and innovations.
5. Access anywhere
Cloud applications are designed to be accessed securely from anywhere via any connected device.
6. Better security
Summary – Why move to the cloud?
Enerex is an IT company helping energy brokers & supplier to implement their desired IT solution. Sparkplug is one of fastest growing end-to-end energy broker solution. Our cloud-based solution will manage all aspects of your brokerage business. If you are interested to learn more, Click here to book a demo.