cloud computing

 Cloud Computing: Fad or Future?

“Cloud Computing”… You are probably hearing this term frequently, and may be wondering if it is right for your business. With all the “buzz” about “Cloud”, it can be difficult to sort it all out. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines “Cloud Computing” as follows:

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

Essentially, cloud computing is the provision of IT services that are on-demand and network accessible, using flexible pooled resources, delivered as a “pay-as-you go” service, with minimal “up-front” costs.

Benefits of Cloud Computing to the Small/Medium Business (SMB) include:

  • Reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

  • Provides for faster Disaster Recovery

  • Scalable and flexible

  • Provides “anywhere access”

  • Deployment is “on-demand”

  • Less complex for users

Public Cloud

Most solutions being marketed today to SMB's are "public cloud" - shared infrastructure made available to the general public. This infrastructure is owned by large corporations: you are sharing resources with any number of unrelated businesses and private individuals. It is marketed as a “low cost” alternative to acquiring, operating, and maintaining your own IT infrastructure. It is “low cost” but there is a downside:


Service Levels - Almost non-existent and are mostly "own risk" including Security!

Network Dependent - Access dependent upon an Internet connection

Regulatory Compliance - Difficult to impossible to guarantee

Disaster Recovery  - Sold as "best effort"

Supplier Lock-in - You become completely dependent upon the supplier

Data Ownership - How easy is it to get your data back, should you decide to leave?


It's sort of  like public transportation. You are riding the bus with anyone and everyone willing to pay the fare. The speed, route and condition of the bus itself is out of your control. You control only when and where you want to get on or off.

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WSA's Private Cloud

Private Cloud is a different approach, providing many of the benefits of "Public Cloud" without the downside risk. WSA will provide, as a monthly service, the dedicated server and desktop infrastructure you need to operate your business... on your premises. This includes the operating system, system maintenance and support for the entire solution. You own your specific business application licenses, and more importantly, your data. The system utilizes RAIN (Random Array of Inexpensive Nodes), virtualization, and advanced storage technology to deliver a state-of-the-art, future-proof solution to meet your computing infrastructure requirements. The WSA private cloud file system works with advanced storage architecture to further increase performance and protect user data. This inherent data protection provides an excellent short-term data recovery solution. Coupled with the creation and offsite storage of the Total Mirror Data File (TMDF), data protection is extended for long-term data retention and recovery. The system is monitored 24x7x365. Utilizing this approach, WSA offers its clients 99.999% uptime.


The system is secure, scalable and flexible. As your requirements change, the system can quickly adapt, simply by adding or removing server nodes and virtual desktops. WSA delivers this solution for a much lower initial and total cost than the traditional "buy, configure, maintain" IT infrastructure model. This translates to as much as a 40% lifecycle cost savings.



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