Even for people who are somewhat well versed in the ins and outs of computing, the term cloud computing can seem confusing, sometimes referring to seemingly different things at once.
But while cloud computing can refer to a wide variety of configurations and implementations, there are a few things which are present in all cloud computing schemes.
The first is that the system is remotely administered and located. This adds a high degree of flexibility, which is what cloud computing is all about, at its core. Cloud computing also takes advantage of commodity hardware. This means that cloud data centers are able to easily acquire serious computing power. Their customers are then able to harness that computing power on an on-demand basis, allowing for lightning fast scalability that businesses, even ones without sufficient budgets to run traditional in-house IT departments, can take advantage of using the same kind of computing power that, in eras past, would have only been available to the largest companies.
While these features are present in nearly all cloud computing schemes, there are many other features that may or may not be present but that can provide huge efficiencies to certain companies that are in a position to take advantage of them. One of these efficiency-generating features is hardware virtualization. Simply put, in a traditional corporate IT setup, the total resources available for use will almost never be used at anywhere near capacity. In fact, many IT departments suffer from something like the following. 95 percent of the time they will be using 10 percent of their resources. The other 5 percent of the time, they will be at or exceeding capacity. Such situations are woefully inefficient and wasteful. Hardware virtualization in the cloud completely eliminates these problems, reducing costs, ensuring continuity for users and allowing computing resources to be deployed at closer to 100 percent capacity, at nearly all times, than would otherwise be possible.
For businesses that may be experiencing sharp spikes or dips in demand, cloud computing can make the difference between a project's viability and its total failure. For companies that don't have the IT budgets to play around, spending millions of dollars on optimizing IT configurations, cloud computing can eliminate barriers to entry into markets that would have simply been off limits to smaller firms. In short, the cloud is a great equalizer. It levels the playing field between Fortune 500 companies and small business startups.
NuoDB is the cloud computing solution for today's businesses
All this may sound great. But how do you actually take the first step towards implementing cloud computing solutions for your business? Luckily, things are getting much easier, even for those who don't have extensive networking backgrounds.
For a long time, the only game in town for industrial-scale applications was using a traditional SQL edatabase solution. These were huge programs, requiring massive computing resources and sold by the likes of Oracle, Microsoft and HP. They cost millions of dollars to create and more each year to maintain. These solutions were largely out of reach for small business and what was in reach simply didn't have the same capabilities.
Then the cloud came along. There were many attempts at porting the powerful legacy relational database management systems to the cloud, but each had severe shortcomings.
What NuoDB has done is to take the power, simplicity, reliability and rigor of the old relational database systems and, for the first time, successfully adapt them to a cloud computing model. Now it's possible, through NuoDB, to access the power of SQL-based relational database management with the instant and infinite scalability, efficiency and ultra-low cost of cloud computing.
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