For people who have trouble understanding cloud, let me paraphrase the words of Federal CIO of United States who once told that the concept of cloud is very much similar to a private wells of ancient times or the nowadays tap systems. Likewise, businesses can access and utilize the applications, benefits and architecture from the cloud on 24/7 basis by simply turning the tap and when you are done with the work, you can turn it off. You do not pay for the resources when you have not used them or have turned off the tap.
The experts of cloud computing have well said that cloud is for all. The cloud can be used by big businesses and small enterprises alike. However, the cloud can be essentially beneficial for small business as they can enjoy the access to the same tools, applications and techniques that till now have been a privilege of bigwigs of industry. They can utilize web2.0, social media applications, infrastructure to get new leads, generate business and for brand building. They can lace their workplace with cost effective and simple applications without paying a fortune and worrying about the space in cloud. The cloud can be set up in five minutes and enterprises can start utilizing the services instantly.
The benefit of cloud computing can be estimated from the fact that before the concept of cloud computing small businesses got scared from even the thought of building a dedicated software for their businesses. They tend to choose some functionality features which could be deemed useful for their business and left the rest. The cloud has transformed the way business performed. The cloud is flexible, autonomous and affordable. It has brought simplicity in the businesses by introducing three different service models named IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
In an enterprise class services, a business can hire and deploy applications and software under SaaS model, customer created applications under PaaS and storage capacity, network and computing resources for IaaS. Thanks to the cloud computing that small businesses can be up and running face to face with big players of the market without making a hole in their finances.