Cloud Computing Overview

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Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud”, is defined as “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer”. It is the online delivery of on-demand computing resources – everything from email, data to package and custom applications. It is also know as Application Hosting or Hosting Service.

The term “moving to the cloud” also refers to an organization moving away from a traditional CAPEX model (buy the dedicated hardware and depreciate it over a period of time) to the OPEX model (use a shared cloud infrastructure and pay as one uses it).

Although cloud computing has changed over time, it has always been divided into three broad service categories: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).

NexStep is an IaaS provider that supplies virtual server instances and storage, as well as application program interfaces (APIs) that let users move workloads to a virtual machine (VM).

Cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of on infrastructure. Our clients get the greatest cost savings in the NexStep Cloud by taking advantage of our unlimited, flat rate, monthly pay-by-user model.

NexStep utilizes virtual servers running on physical servers that are shared by multiple users. NexStep computer hosting provides the benefits of high-end technology and world class security for companies who would otherwise be conflicted by the economic and management choices between the professional reality of utilizing a highly secure system and the highly probable vulnerabilities and risks inherent in cyberspace with an in-house system.

To eliminate the security concern, NexStep cloud computing adheres to best practices, as expressed by industry opinions and guidance, regarding its clients’ responsibilities to customers and employees.

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