Cloud computing, or  “The Cloud”, is an increasingly popular term for anything web-based. Software as a Service (SaaS) is the delivery of software over the internet.

What is “The Cloud”?

The three main types of cloud computing are Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service(IaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (Saas). This informational sheet will focus on the benefits of Softwareas-a-Service. Although there is no single definition of cloud computing, there are a few repeating themes for all three types:

1. The buyer does not have to purchase hardware such as servers, routers, and space to store the hardware since the processes and storage is maintained by the cloud vendor.

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The buyer accesses information through the internet via a device with internet technology—leaving zero footprint behind.

3. Space and storage in the cloud is highly elastic meaning you pay for only for the space you need instead of the 100% cost of an on-premise server.

The Cloud Advantage is simple – rather than pay for owning and licensing the software, the organization pays a subscription fee to use the online application. The host of the application is responsible for its availability including maintenance, scalability, and disaster recovery.

Why nonprofit organizations and government agencies are moving to the cloud:

Faster time to value ratio

The amount of time to open a browser is the amount of time it takes to load your application.

With the servers already configured and the software already loaded, organizations are seeing a faster time to value with a cloud solution.

Automatic updates

Before cloud computing was available, technology providers had to schedule in person maintenance visits to install upgrades or patches to an organization’s on premise server. Since a cloud server is off

premise, upgrades, patches, and routine maintenance can occur over the weekend or at night from a location that could be thousands of miles away from your location.

Scalability

Since the space and storage in the cloud is highly elastic, organizations can adjust server capacity, bandwidth, number of users on the system, and even the applications within the cloud solution as needed.

Cost Control & Predictability

Most SaaS models are pay-per-use meaning you only pay for the primary users on the account. CDC Software offers multiple year contracts with a fixed monthly cost which lowers the upfront costs of implementing a cloud solution. This subscription for online access includes maintenance, support, and automatic upgrades, making it easier for organizations and government agencies to plan their budgets.

Accessibility

CDC Cloud Solutions are available 24/7/365 with 99.9% uptime. Access what you need, where you are, when you need it from multiple internet devices including your PC, netbook, smart phone, and iPad.

Reduced Resource Management

With no local servers to maintain and no installed software to keep up to date, your staff can concentrate on other IT projects while a cloud server takes care of administrative tasks involved with an on premise solution.

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