Coming off the Age?

Businesses big and small are always looking for ingenious ways to cut costs and enhance productivity. In recent years emergence of “cloud” brought in a new dimension to how IT infrastructure may be managed. It was like a dream come true…”pay what you use” and “Scale up on demand” was like too good to be true.

Business on the cloud- A historic perspective

Year 1999

First true enterprise level cloud based solution emerged in 1999 and was Salesforce.com. This is when both specialist and mainstream software firms warmed up to the idea of delivering applications over the internet.

Year 2002

2002 saw the emergence of Amazon Mechanical Turk which provided a suite of cloud-based storage, computation and human intelligence by Amazon Web Services.

Year 2006

In the year 2006 Amazon launched its EC2 or The Elastic Compute Cloud as an commercial web service that allowed small companies to rent computers on which they could run their own computer applications. Many say that EC2/S3 was the first widely available cloud computing infrastructure service.

Year 2009

At the time when Web 2.0 picked up Google and some other providers started to offer browser based enterprise applications through services like Google Apps. This was the emergence of first true business cloud service ecosystem.

Important Developments that Pushed Cloud Success

Internet Speed – Internet speed was a big limiting factor when it came to delivering applications on the internet. As the internet speed increased so did the usage of online cloud applications.

Virtualization – Virtualization, universal high speed bandwidth and universal software interoperability was crucial to unlock the real power of cloud applications to give a shape to its current scope and reach.

Security – Security was the biggest impediment to large scale adoption of cloud and not many were sure how this could be resolved.  As the time went on cloud model became more and more pervasive across the web and almost being utilized with all the concerns at the back of mind.

Top business cloud storage options available today have morphed from the evolution that includes transformation of internet and technology over the years.

The Change Arrives – Google Apps

One of the first signs of overcoming security concerns was movement of Government’s official information portal USA.gov by GSA followed by movement of 17,000 email users to Google Apps for Government.

This marked an onset of cloud services providers.

Fast forward today Cloud computing is on every bodies mind and more than 5 million customers are using Google Apps. Many continue to weigh the pros and cons of making that transition.

Google apps have three main editions – Apps Unlimited, Apps for Work and Free (Legacy) edition.

The advantage of Google apps is that it is comprised of an extensive line up of apps that function totally independent of each other. All the apps come with rich functionality, unrivalled accessibility and tons of value. Google apps provides you with mobile access and ability to store any type of file you want.

“Google Apps for Work” was earlier known as “Google Apps for Business” and as you see it combines all the familiar productivity and collaboration tools in one single suite. The apps list include Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+, Drive, Sites, along with Google Docs, Sheets, Forms and Slides. These apps are easily governed by Google admin console and Google vault.

Business cloud solutions – Google Apps for Work

econz has been active in cloud services since 2006 and is one of the front runners. econz is an authorised Google Apps for Work Partner If you need more information or research in building use case for your Business or Company do not hesitate to contact us or just request for a free consult session.

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