An increasingly prominent buzzword in cloud computing is pay-as-you-grow. The concept is blissfully simple, and comparable with how most of us use our mobile phones, music and video streaming services.
Transferring this concept to IT infrastructures, pay-as-you-grow means that a business can specify cloud computing that can grow and shrink on-demand. You only pay for what is actually used.
Provision compute quickly, paying only for what you need
Cloud computing is highly cost effective. With the correct subscription, businesses pay only for what they need, when they need it.
Environments can be easily provisioned. There is less reliance on time-consuming hardware setup, software installs and technical support.
Secure for start-ups
This flexibility makes it ideal for start-ups and small businesses. There is no need to outlay capital expenditure upfront on physical space, expensive servers and hardware, an uninterruptable power supply or cooling.
Instead, businesses can opt for the flexibility of operational expenditure that cloud pay-as-you-grow brings. This allows vital capital to be distributed more strategically; ideal for small or fledgling businesses looking to grow that bit faster.
A controllable cloud is quite simply a far more cost and cash efficient way to operate an infrastructure than provisioning a room full of expensive equipment.
Simplify IT infrastructure
One scenario where this becomes a particularly useful service is when a business has seasonal demand. If a business needs to scale up for high-demand over a certain period – e.g. Christmas – it can provision an environment that can cope with this intensity, before scaling back once the season ends.
It is also perfect for certain types of workload such as Big Data or Development environments. These workloads can be removed from a production site and big number crunching can be carried out at a time when the resources are not required elsewhere.
In business terms, pay-as-you-grow makes perfect sense. But if the business is reliant on the service to survive, it must be accompanied by a stable cloud provider. One that is going to ensure the system is always online, that backups happen. And one that itself is commercially sound.
If an entire IT infrastructure is out in a virtual logical place, rather than being housed physically in an office, businesses must choose the right supplier from the start to ensure the safeguards are in place to prevent any commercial or technical complications.
Cloud computing is highly scalable with great ease-of-use and minimal management. The benefits for business can be high. However, as with many things, it is important to find a trusted partner to guide you through any pitfalls. So you can reap the full rewards of flexible cloud services.