Cloud computing advantages benefits, efficient server utilization
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Cloud computing advantages benefits, efficient server utilization

Hello, I’m Rachael Ruble with FiberLine
Communications. Thank you for joining us for the latest in our series on the advantages of cloud computing. This week we will discuss the cloud computing advantage of efficient server utilization. Prior to the availability of virtualization and cloud computing, when a business needed computer applications, such as email, to improve their efficiency, they would need to obtain a server which would be dedicated to only one specific
application. Each server costs between $3,000 to $20,000. On that server they would need to install operating system software, and then on top of the operating system, they would need to install software for the specific application, in this example, software that would facilitate email. Servers are dependent on many active components. These components include a CPU, hard drive, power supply, RAM, operating system software, and application software. Servers also require IT staff to program them, maintain the physical components, update the software, ensure security, and an equipment friendly environment. For servers to operate properly, all components are dependent on each other. If any of these essential components fail, or need to be replaced, or upgraded, the server would need to be down, and therefore the application, in this case, email access, for the entire company, would be down as well. As mentioned earlier, prior to cloud computing and virtualization, each application needed by your business, would require a separate server. Since most businesses require multiple applications, multiple servers often led to “server sprawl”. Server sprawl is a term used to identify the tendency to waste valuable office space to house many partially utilized servers, which because of their specialization, would each be functioning at a fraction of their potential capacity. Prior to cloud computing, when a separate server was required for each application, each server commonly operated at about 5 to 15% of potential capacity. Because servers consume much power, require expensive specialized environments, and much maintenance by expert staff, in most cases, servers that are each dedicated to one application are no longer perceived to be cost effective and the most efficient option for businesses. Now with virtualization and cloud computing, each server can operate at near full capacity by facilitating multiple applications. This drastically reduces the number of costly partially used servers and eliminates the need for server sprawl. If the public cloud is utilized, businesses can often completely eliminate
the need for, and all of the expenses associated with, on-premise servers, while at the same time increasing their application options and flexibility. With cloud computing, businesses are now able to obtain flexible access to virtually any application without the need to invest in building and maintaining an expensive IT
infrastructure. Thank you for joining us for this discussion. If you have questions, or if you would like a free consultation with one of our certified engineers, please give us a call, or use the contact form on our website. A link to our website is located immediately
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