At a recent event here in Indianapolis, also known as “Sili-corn Valley” to some, a friendly attendee named Kay submitted this question: “How can cloud computing be an advantage to a startup business?”
Let’s start with the basics. What is cloud computing? According to the NIST Cloud Computing Project, cloud computing is “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” Yes, there are lots of definitions of cloud computing out there, but this one is very suitable and widely accepted.
Now, what constitutes a startup? Startup companies can come in all forms, including those that are simply life-style companies, but the phrase “startup company” is often associated with high growth, technology oriented companies. Investors are generally most attracted to those new companies distinguished by their risk/reward profile and scalability. That is, they have lower bootstrapping costs, higher risk, and higher potential return on investment. Successful startups are typically more scalable than an established business, in the sense that they can potentially grow rapidly with limited investment of capital, labor or land. – via Wikipedia.
Now, let’s talk about that last line about successful startups. Successful startups need to be scalable, with the ability to grow rapidly with limited investment in capital, labor or land. We are beginning to get the heart of our friend Kay’s questions. Cloud computing sets startups up for those core abilities to control their investments (and keep them “limited”).
The major benefits of cloud computing are:
For more info, check out BlueLock’s Advantages of Cloud Computing Blog.
There’s nothing new about enterprises using multiple clouds. For over a decade, since the first business units selected a SaaS solution, enterprises have relied on multiple clouds to run their workloads. Today’s changes are more cultural than technological.
As more functionality moves to the internet cloud every provider and user is developing their own definition. Industry experts and researchers are struggling to formulate a standard set of terms to describe all the different functions.
Cloud choice exists not for vanity or semantics, but because different types of clouds offer differing benefits which may or may not be a right-fit for your workload. One type of cloud may be better suited for your workload needs.