Business services like IT adoption or any other form of application can be accessed on the internet by innovative methods like ‘cloud computing‘. In fact, this is a general term used for any form of hosted services over the internet. The term was coined from the cloud symbol often used to represent the internet.
The cloud computing service is divided into the following three categories:
1) Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS),
2) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and
3) Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
It is highly recommended that SMEs demand for cloud computing as this will eliminate the need to invest on costly infrastructures.
The IT industry is now becoming largely dependent on cloud computing as it offers services such as e-mail, e-commerce and websites for the fulfillment of its needs.
The three segments into which cloud computing can be divided are:
2) platforms, and
NetSuite, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have diversified their platform to enable their users to access applications from their centralized server. IT customers can access the provider’s application program interface (API) when needed. Now, anyone can start or stop their virtual servers anytime. It allows an IT company to pay only for the ‘time’ that services are being used. This pay-for-what-you-use model is what SMEs find advantageous and can be a good reason for them to adopt IT business.
A lot of services starting from web portals and software applications make cloud computing very beneficial for the IT industry. There are many applications that are already in use. For example, Microsoft has hosted its Microsoft Office applications in the cloud similar to ‘Google docs’. Then PaaS providers have portals and gateway software installed on their customer’s computer. ‘Force.com’ and ‘GoogleApps’ are such examples. The IaaS such as Amazon Web Services bring virtual servers with unique IP addresses and huge storage options. SaaS is very broad and can range from web-based email, inventory control, and database processing. SMEs are left with huge options to unravel for which they can enjoy the benefits. For them, IT adoption is always going to be a good decision.
This article was submitted by Rohit Arora, co-founder of Biz2Credit. Biz2Credit is a small business marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with financing options and advice to grow their business. Send all questions to