Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Reasons VoIP Is Necessary To Advance Your Business

If you haven't made the switch to a VoIP Phone System, what are you waiting for? The time is now to set your business ahead of the rest. VoIP will soon be replacing all business land lines because of all the vast opportunities you have with these systems. Not only are they the wave of the communications future but they also save you money. I've listed for you some reasons why VoIP is the answer to your business needs.

Save Money - This one has to be a no brainer, the more money you save by using a VoIP Phone System instead of traditional phone lines, the more you can invest back into your business (or your pocket). VoIP Systems are exceptionally less expensive that traditional phone systems and your phone bill can be completely eliminated.

Efficiency - In today's business world we want things bigger, better, faster, and stronger how else are we going to get ahead of the competition. Well VoIP Systems do just that, with this technology your phones are now integrated with your computers and from there the possibilities are endless. For Example, you could tie your VoIP Phone System in with your CRM and when a customer calls in all their information pops up right in front of you. Saving you valuable time and opening up opportunities for up-selling.

Metrics - I don't know if you know this but numbers don't lie, that is why Big Data is so prevalent in all industries. Business owners what to know if what they are doing is working or maybe what each sales rep is worth to them. So much information and projections can be gathered from the metrics of what goes on, on the phone. Call times, call amounts, down time, etc. the list goes on. With a VoIP phone system you can have a custom wall board tracking any and all information from your phone systems and to take it one step further you could even tie that into your CRM and now we are talking about reports you can only dream of.

Mobile - We all know that in many cases work isn't over when you leave the office, more and more people are making themselves available to clients well after business hours. The best a traditional phone system can do is forward your calls to your cell phone. Want to know what the best a VoIP Phone can do? I don't have the time to list it all! Most VoIP Systems come with a mobile app that allows you to have many of the features you use on the office phone, as well as video conferencing.

Looks Aren't Everything - Who are we kidding, of course looks mean something and now with all the new bells and whistles that VoIP Phones come with your office will be looking quite sleek. Many phones come standard with a nice screen that you can put your own background on and even nicer phones come with a 7" touch screen! With additional accessories like headsets and Bluetooth plugins your office will be looking sharp.

There you have it, some great reasons why it is time for you to take your business to the next level with VoIP Phones. So again I ask, what are you waiting for? Give us a call for a quote today! 866-371-2265 or email us at info@sde-tech.com

By Jessica Sweeney

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Business VoIP Solutions...Can VoIP Save Your Corporate Budget?

As Voice over Internet Protocol communication matures and as high-speed Internet becomes cheap and ubiquitous, an increasing number of businesses are ditching conventional landlines and jumping to VoIP. Companies are not only marketing products or services, but marketing themselves as well. No matter the size or type, every business should have the tools and solutions needed to present themselves in a professional manner, while maximizing their ability to work efficiently and stay connected to customers and co-workers.

While some small businesses may believe they can get by with simply using their smartphones for work purposes, even the smallest of businesses can benefit from a central business phone system, because it presents a unified face to customers, employees and partners.

Are the potential pitfalls worth the potential monetary payoffs? I'll walk you through the basics, discuss the pros and cons, and take a look at three commercial VoIP services of varying complexity.

While it may be intuitive, mobile phone plans are simply not set up to offer the same business features that specifically designed business phone systems offer. For example, mobile phones can't offer a virtual receptionist to answer calls and quickly and easily connect customers with the proper company contacts, or provide important business information like hours and directions.

Generally, things are pretty simple if you're looking for a hosted service. Many of the top VoIP providers handle all the heavy lifting offsite, delivering calls to your phones and software clients without much hassle, especially if you use phones that are plug-and-play certified for the service in question. The majority require no additional on-site hardware aside from those phones; at most, you might need to find a space for a small box of hardware somewhere on-site.

In contrast, maintaining a self-hosted, on-site VoIP system requires a bit more work. You need an IP-based private branch exchange-a VoIP-friendly version of the PBX phone systems that many offices use-to route your calls to the appropriate phones on your network, as well as a device called a PSTN gateway. The PSTN gateway sits between the IP-PBX software and the analog signals of the public switched telephone network, converting calls to and from digital signals as necessary.

No matter which option you choose, typically you can handle the basic settings for your phone lines or extensions over the phone, while tweaking more advanced options requires diving into your provider's online account interface.

What Do You Need to Implement VoIP?

Depending on the size of your company and the infrastructure you already have in place, jumping on the VoIP bandwagon could cost your company next to nothing, or it could entail significant up-front costs.
Even home broadband connections can handle several VoIP calls simultaneously, though you'll need to be sure to leave bandwidth available for other applications as well.VoIP requires a broadband connection-and the more simultaneous users you have, the more bandwidth you'll need. If you work alone out of a home office, or if you have only a few employees, you won't have much to worry about; for example, on my setup, running RingCentral's Conection Capacity utility shows that my 15-mbps home Comcast connection could handle 11 calls simultaneously even if I had Netflix, Spotify, and an instant-messaging client running on the network at the same time.

Make sure that your internal network-including your routers and switches-can handle the load, too. Most providers suggest using a router with configurable Quality of Service settings and assigning VoIP high traffic priority to maximize quality.

If your Internet service provider has a bandwidth cap in place, you should take that into consideration as well. Most VoIP service providers use the high-quality G.711 codec for VoIP communications, which consumes 64kb of data every second you talk. In reality, even a large number of people should be able to chat it up on VoIP without having to worry about hitting bandwidth caps, but you'll want to keep close tabs on your data usage to avoid exceeding that cap.

You'll need a SIP-enabled phone, such as the Snom 300, if you want to make VoIP calls.Finally, even if you subscribe to a cloud-based hosted VoIP service, you'll need to make sure your phones can communicate over VoIP. Most VoIP systems use session-initiation protocol technology to assign each phone or VoIP software client a specific address; that's how the IP-PBX routes calls to specific lines. As such, you'll need a SIP-enabled phone to make VoIP calls. (Some VoIP systems use H.323 technology rather than SIP, but those are rare.) If you want to keep your old analog touch-tone phones or fax machines, you can plug them into an analog telephone adapter (ATA), but they won't be able to use many of the advanced features that SIP-based VoIP phones provide.

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By James Kigwa

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Exploring Options In VoIP Service Providers

Exploring Options in VOIP Service Providers

Voice over internet protocol involves phone service provided over an internet connection. People with an adequate connection can typically receive this service instead of contracting through a local phone company. As you prepare to make a final choice, consider your options in VOIP service providers to find one that fits your needs and budget.

Consider Your Necessary Options

Review your current account to determine what options you need and which ones you may be able to omit from your monthly bill. Typical features include call waiting, caller ID, three-way calling, and call forwarding. Note your current bill amount to enable you to compare this cost with the costs you will have after changing your account. It is likely that you will save money by making this change. It is common for VOIP service providers to offer bundling options, but you also must compare each price carefully to ensure that you do not pay more than you would pay for each separate option. Ask for a demonstration if you do not understand any features offered. If you determine that you don't need features, keep looking until you find a plan that fits your needs precisely.

Research Companies and Terms

Explore different VOIP service providers to learn about these companies. Take notes as you gather information, so you can remember the different features that each company offers. Examine money-back guarantees, details about contract terms, equipment provided, and policies about returning the equipment. Never consider a firm that does not offer at least a 30-day satisfaction guarantee to ensure that you will have recourse if you are not happy with the service. Some companies will use offers of free service to get customers to sign lengthy contracts. It's optimal if you don't have to sign any contract at all because this gives you the most protection and flexibility.

Number Portability

Find out whether a company offers number portability, which will enable you to maintain your current number instead of changing to a new number. Most firms provide this feature. Unless you're willing to update all your contacts about your new number, keep looking until you find a company that will enable you to keep your current number.

Network Test

You might not know whether your internet connection is fast enough to enable VOIP. The problems that people experience with VOIP often pertain to the speed of their connection and not with issues with the company. Therefore, before you proceed, request a network test to evaluate your network. The business should help you conduct this diagnostic test to evaluate your network. A business that does not offer this test may not have the knowledge and expertise to deliver quality assistance.

Technical Support

Issues and problems will invariably arise. As you consider various VOIP service providers, check into the technical support and maintenance provided by each firm. Optimally, the firm needs a system for resolving issues quickly with a team of experts standing by to assist customers.

With due diligence and careful research, you can find a business that will serve your connectivity needs to keep your phones connected at all times.

By Andrew Stratton

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hosted VoIP...Changing The Business Communications Landscape

Every day, companies all across America are trying to accomplish the same thing to improve their businesses. Whether you're a typical "Mom and Pop" SMB, a mid-size business with 250 employees or a Fortune 100 enterprise, you all share the same four basic goals. 1) Reduce costs. 2) Increase revenue. 3) Become more flexible to changing market conditions and 4) Reduce any risk of disruptions to your business model. In a nutshell, every business wants a better way to accomplish their "Business Continuity" strategies.

So, how are these various businesses accomplishing these lofty goals? One of the quickest and easiest ways to tackle all four items at once is to understand that technology has again changed the way we do business... for the better, and now is the time to embrace the change.

Businesses of today (and tomorrow) are changing how they communicate with one another. Gone the way of the dinosaur are the old, expensive models of communicating. For those of us who are willing to show our age, you can think back to the days of expensive long distance. Remember when you would ask to use someone's home or business phone and the person paying the bill would always ask the same question, "Are you calling long distance?" Thankfully, with the breakup of Ma-Bell in the '90's, competition drove the costs down to a manageable $0.03 per minute from the norm of the era, where it was about $0.40 per minute.

Transition came again with the advent of the internet, and then email, and again with conference calling and mobile services. Each new technology certainly experienced its own bumps in the road, and each took time for the masses to adopt them, but ultimately, each new step brought us closer to the four goals noted above. Reduced cost, increased revenue, market flexibility and reduced risk of downtime.

Today, technology has blessed us with yet another advancement. Over the last decade or so, we have seen the advent of Cloud and Hosted technologies. What began as a slow paced crawl has sped up to an Usain Bolt paced sprint in technological advancements, thanks to cloud computing. As is the norm, it always takes a few years for the masses to understand and in turn, adopt these new technologies, but once it happens there is no turning back. That's where we are today and thankfully, for businesses looking to ramp up their technology or capitalize on the very impressive catalog of feature sets (now standard in most offerings), your business continuity goals are finally within reach.

If you haven't already begun the transition of replacing your old dilapidated PRI based phone system, then you are doing your business a huge disservice, and that is a delicately phrased understatement. Sure, you see your old phone system as an asset, something you own, that is tangible and yours, but if you think about it beyond the obvious, what has your phone system done for you lately? I'm sure it rings and can place a call for you, but what if you could have your extension ring at any location you are visiting for the day, or even ring simultaneously with your mobile device? Never missing a prospective customer's call will drastically help you increase your revenue. Or, consider the amount of time it takes you each month to understand and rectify your paper billing. Are your rates all billing correctly for each type of call you place? Doubtful, but imagine having an online portal tracking each and every call, to and from (down to the extension level), so you not only know where your clients are calling from and who they are speaking to, but also ensuring that each outbound call is actually included, FREE of charge, with the system? That's both cost reduction and flexibility.

Did you ever have to close during inclement weather? Your competitor who already uses Hosted VoIP services didn't, because when they awoke to find 6 feet of snow on the ground, they simply opened up their smart phone, logged into the portal and with one click of a button, re-routed all of their calls to their predesignated emergency overrides, in real time! Guess what, they never lost a dollar in existing revenue and better yet, they even gained your lost revenue, because they were open for business while your company was closed for business.

The most common misconception when considering a Hosted VoIP PBX is the price. Most fear that such an advanced Unified Communications system (and that's what it really is; this 'aint your Granddaddy's phone system) is priced the way the old phone systems were, with a huge capital outlay, strapping your business for cash until you got some sort of ROI. That is patently incorrect. Todays Hosted VoIP PBX's cost little to nothing in upfront costs, and are simply charged monthly just like your phone bill of old.

Included in the monthly costs are your brand new phone system and handsets, all of the usage (domestic calls are usually FREE or UNLIMITED), dozens of features and voice mail options, auto attendants, software upgrades, break fix, installation, training, intuitive administration and user portals (to manage the service, pay your bill, chat, monitor extensions and even view trouble tickets in real time!) and a variety of other bells and whistles. Best of all, these systems, typically priced by the number of handsets ordered, are usually within 15% of your total current spend!

So, the next time that you have a staff or budget meeting and you are trying to determine how to hit your four main goals (again) - Increasing Revenue, Decreasing Costs, Becoming More Flexible and Reducing Downtime Risk - I would recommend that you take a good hard look at Hosted VoIP PBX as an option. The only downside is that you haven't done it sooner.

By Jeffrey M Keane

About the author:

Jeff Keane, 38, is an expert in business telecommunications services, with over 15 years of industry experience. Jeff is frequently the highest producing sales rep in his company and over the course of his career has helped thousands of clients save millions of dollars annually by implementing his recommendations for various voice, data, VoIP, IT and Cloud services. Jeff lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife Brandy, 36, and two children, Ryan Christopher, 14, and Emma Grace, 10. Jeff is an avid sports fan and also enjoys a variety of music, art, food and technologies.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Implementing VoIP Communications....How To Plan For Bandwidth And Calculate Cost Savings

Moving your business phone service to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers a number of potential advantages over traditional models of telephony. Finding a real financial value in VoIP, however, may involve dealing with some fairly complicated issues at the intersection of business, money, and technology.

Many different factors affect the financial outcomes of a migration to VoIP, but the core question is, "How many calls of a given quality does my business need to make at any point during the day?" Knowing the answer - and it's not always the easiest question to figure out - will give you the ability to assess your potential for savings in VoIP.

First, consider that voice calls traveling through your corporate data network (as opposed to going through dedicated, proprietary phone systems) is a bit like blood circulating through your body. Data packets containing bits and pieces of voice conversations, move across your network like red blood cells in your veins. As long as the blood vessels are big enough to meet the volume of blood flowing, you'll be fine. If you have too much volume and not enough space in the vessels, you'll get high blood pressure or worse.

The cost of your VoIP solution, inclusive of network bandwidth, will be determined by the relationship between the network capacity and the volume of the voice data packets traveling through it. Basically, the more calls you need to make simultaneously, and the higher the sound quality of those calls, the more network capacity you will need for VoIP. And, of course, the bigger the network capacity, the more it will cost.

Most VoIP solution providers use a test process to determine the call quality that you want in your business. It's called the Mean Opinion Score (MOS) test. In a MOS test, you rate call quality on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being excellent quality and a 1 representing the kind of call quality you get when you climb to the top of K2 and dial Nigeria on a 1994 model cell phone. Call quality is based on a number of different technical aspects of your network and VoIP solution, but the "Codec" - the software algorithm that transposes your voice into digital data - is critical. Simply, the higher the sound quality produced by the codec, the more bandwidth it will use. For example, the G.711 codec, which might produce a call of 4.0 MOS quality, might use 80 kilobits per second (Kbps) on the network. In contrast, a G.729 codec, which produces a call with a 3.0 MOS quality, might use just 25 Kbps.

What does this mean to us in terms of costs? Think of it like this: If you knew that your business had a peak call volume of 100 simultaneous conversations, you would need at least 8,000 Kbps of network bandwidth to handle your call data packet traffic using the G.711 codec. That's 100 calls X 80 Kbps. If you used the G.729 codec, you could make do with 2500 Kbps. The difference in cost for the higher bandwidth could be significant. Yet, it might be completely justified. If your business sells high-ticket products to demanding customers, you might want to pay extra for that higher MOS quality.

The network hardware also has to match your call volume/quality parameters for the complete VoIP solution to work as envisioned. In some cases, outsourcing certain components, such as with a cloud-based PBX, might be a cost-effective way to go. Then, there's growth and planned overage capacity. Few business phone systems are static. They tend to grow, especially if the business is adding "Unified Communication" features, such as built-in digital faxes and real-time chat, and so forth. There should be some overhead to grow, in terms of bandwidth. In addition, it makes sense to have headroom for bursts in volume. You might have a day where your company is doing 120 calls at a time. It would be great if call quality didn't suffer because of a spike in activity. You can't plan for every contingency, but having some breathing room usually makes good business sense.

VoIP capacity planning is simple to understand but tricky to do right. A knowledgeable VoIP advisor can help you determine a financially optimal path to enjoying the business benefits of VoIP on your terms.

By Mitchell Barker

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Calculating VoIP Bandwidth

One of the first things an organization has to do when considering VoIP deployment - whether on premise or hosted services - is to calculate how much bandwidth is required for VoIP calls. Bandwidth consumption has to be estimated early on as that will determine if the business needs to increase Internet speeds or otherwise optimize their network.

There are many online tools that will automatically calculate VoIP bandwidth and any service provider will be able to provide a table showing bandwidth consumption per call on their service. However it is better for the enterprise to know how these figures are calculated, since unscrupulous vendors can try to trick clients with misleading calculations.

What Affects VoIP Bandwidth Consumption?
Some of the factors that influence VoIP bandwidth include:

Codec and compression used (G.711, G.729, G.722 or any other proprietary formats)
Header compression - (RTP + UDP + IP for instance),this is generally optional
Individual packet size - anywhere from 10 to 320 bytes
Layer 2 protocols such as Frame Relay or Point-To-Point Protocol
Voice detection or silence suppression technology

Calculating VoIP bandwidth consumption is an essential step in preparing a business network for the addition of voice traffic. Bandwidth consumption reduces if compression is used. This means that codecs like G.729 will use less bandwidth as compared to G.711. When longer packets are used, bandwidth consumption drops since the overhead is reduced i.e. space taken up by the header. If the voice is being compressed, it is better to compress the header data as well to offer maximum savings. Packet size is usually between 20 to 30 ms on different services.

Calculating VoIP Bandwidth

Suppose the service provider uses G.729 codec on their network. If the size of each voice packets is 20 bytes and uses MP headers, the calculation will be as follows:

Total packet size = header of 48 bits + compressed IP/UDP/RTP header of 16 bits + voice payload of 160 bits = 224 bits

PPS = (8 Kbps codec bit rate) / (160 bits) = 50 pps

Bandwidth per call = voice packet size (224 bits) * 50 pps = 11.2 Kbps

This final figure gives us the bandwidth required on a per call basis. To get a rough idea of the maximum bandwidth consumption, the business needs to multiply this number with the highest number of concurrent calls they expect. Calculating VoIP IP bandwidth is pretty simple once you know the factors and how they influence the final calculation.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Choosing The Right VoIP Service Providers For Your Business

Changing your business system from a traditional phone system to voice over Internet protocol is a challenge. While there are quite a few from which to choose, it can still be confusing if you have never had VoIP service providers before. Here are some things to consider before signing up for service.

Reliability

Just because a company is a voice over Internet provider, does not automatically make them reliable. Many enter the scene and fade just as quickly. You need to find out how long the company has been in service before going any further. New companies may shine, but it is better to go with an established provider. Also, ask around about the company's reputation. Talk to others who do business with the company and see what they truly think about their reliability.

Quality

Now that you have narrowed down the field to a few reliable sources, you need to find out what the quality of these VoIP service providers is. Of course, you want to save money. However, if you cannot understand the person on the other end of the line or they are having a hard time understanding you because of the quality of the call, it is not worth it. Even if you are only using the protocol for internal phone lines, you want something that is clear no matter the price.

PBX Systems

Most businesses have a PBX operating system already in place. There are some VoIP service providers that will work with existing equipment and some do not. You need to determine if you want to keep a working system, upgrade, if necessary, or have them host the operating system. If you are running a mid to large company, hosting is not the best option. You need invest in a system that is compatible with the phone system being installed. In some cases, you will be able to use what you have. Small businesses with less than 50 employees can benefit from using the hosted service rather than making sure their system is compatible.

Operating Cost

Of course, the biggest concern is finding VoIP service providers that remain within the operating budget. When choosing you need to ask if the fees are by the minute or a flat monthly cost. Also, if you plan to use this service to talk to overseas clients, you should find out what their rates are for the countries you will be calling the most. Often, these companies will have different rates for each area, and one company may be cheaper for one than another. Typically, voice over Internet is cheaper than a traditional landline phone company.

Features

While cost, quality, and reliability are paramount, it does not hurt to find out what other features the company offers. Some have interactive voice response, time-based call conditions, and a company directory they can set up for you. Businesses with a customer service department may want to go with a company that offers call recording and queuing. All companies can benefit from having a call bridge available.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Benefits Of Hybrid Cloud...What You Need To Know

The hybrid cloud has become a popular tool for thousands of companies that require different cloud solutions for different tasks. This type of cloud solution makes use of both public and private cloud for one organization. This means a company can use the public cloud for simple tasks such as their emails, yet use the private cloud for other projects, such as customer information, payment information and more.

There are a host of benefits to making use of hybrid cloud within your organization to help you achieve the best end results, improve productivity and ensure the highest level of customer service and support at all times.

The first and probably the most important benefit of the hybrid cloud is the price. This solution is highly cost effective and can help save customer thousands in the long run. Rather than paying high prices for various pieces for equipment, you get all your processing power and storage in one place making use of a variety of platforms, which are safe and secure, putting your mind at complete ease.

Another benefit which cannot be ignored is that the hybrid cloud improves data recovery after a disaster. Almost every single company these days rely on the computer to perform daily functions. Your customer information, order history, current orders, deliveries and invoicing is all stored on the computer. In the event of a computer crash, you could lose everything, which leaves you unable to contact clients, unable to invoice for current projects and unsure which orders have been fulfilled and which are still to be dispatched. As you can imagine, companies have lost customers along with thousands of potential income due to their computers crashing and losing everything.

With the hybrid cloud all your data is stored off site and is easily accessible from anywhere at any time. You simply log into the system to access your data. Even if you prefer storing on your office computer and backing up every hour or two, the worst thing you will lose in the event of a disaster is a couple of hours work, which can easily be made back.

Further you will find that the hybrid cloud is very flexible and can be customized to meet your unique company data needs and requirements. While you may only need to start with a small amount of compute and storage space, as your business grows, you will need more space. The cloud is completely flexible, so as you grow you can purchase more processing power. This also helps you budget accordingly and reduces the risk of you running out of money or space at any time.

With the hybrid cloud, because of the flexibility you can start small at a price you can afford and as you expand and grow you can increase your process and storage space, still staying within the price you can afford.

In addition to this, you will find that the hybrid cloud is very secure. This is one major concern many business owners have. When you have a large team all accessing data, you need to ensure that they can only access the data they are allowed to. You don't want your sales representatives accessing your bank statements and financial information. Everyone gets their own log in information and you can set security protocols to ensure that anyone accessing information has a right to do so.

The final thing you need to know about this product is that it is convenient, it can save you money in the long run and it's affordable. Choose a provider wisely, a company with years of knowledge and experience in the industry combined with an outstanding reputation.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A View Inside The Cloud

Today, it is increasingly becoming difficult to watch television, read a magazine, or visit a website without coming across the word "cloud computing". There are many ads for this service in the above mediums which seek to popularize this new service. It is said to be a service which is great for storing documents, accessing your music, photos and videos from any location and from any device. Due to its increasing importance and scalability, cloud computing is becoming a much sought after service today. But, before we actually start using this service, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Some questions that come to mind when we talk about using cloud computing services for your company are: should your company be using cloud computing services? What has been holding your executives back? What can you expect from the future? In order to answer these questions, the Institute interviewed two senior members of IEEE who are experts in the field of cloud computing: Alexander Pasik, IEEE chief information officer, and Thomas Coughlin, President of the data storage consulting group Coughlin Associates, of Atascadero, Calif, and vice president of operations and planning for the IEEE consumer electronics society.

Coughlin thinks of cloud computing as "an outsourcing for your technology assets". He further says that "cloud computing is a service in which an internet connected machine and remote digital storage are both used to provide a number of capabilities for both business and personal uses. Technically speaking, he said that there were three types of cloud computing services that are commonly put to use: infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and finally, software as a service. With the first mentioned cloud computing service, Parsik says, clients have access to virtual servers in the third party service provider's data centre, which can be used any way we want.

In this case users have to install their own software and also be responsible for maintaining it. This option gives the users enough flexibility and scalability says Parsik. Another feature is that if a user needs 3-4 servers to run his systems, and needs 50 during the holiday season, he will not have to buy more servers but can just rent the additional servers on the cloud system. An example of an Iaas is Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, which is also called as EC2.

Paas includes all the features of the Iaas, with clients using the provider's computing platform including an operating system, developer tools, database and web servers through which users can develop and run their software in the cloud without having to bear the cost and the complexity of buying and then managing the underlying hardware. Paas allows the user better economies of scale with the trade off being that platform provider's ability to lock down the service so that you can not use your own tools. The Google App Engine, with which users develop and host web applications using Google development tools, is a good example of a Paas.

The writer of this article is a graduate civil engineer and a freelance writer. After working for 15 years in the construction industry, he took up content writing in order to showcase case his experience. He started writing so much that he took up writing on other niches too. He can be contacted on hary12121973@gmail.com

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