More and more, we are seeing technology moving to the cloud. It’s not just a fad—the shift from traditional software models to the Internet has steadily gained momentum over the last 10 years. Looking ahead, the next decade of cloud computing promises new ways to collaborate everywhere, through mobile devices.
So what is cloud computing? Essentially, cloud computing is a kind of outsourcing of computer programs. Using cloud computing, users are able to access software and applications from wherever they need, while it is being hosted by an outside party — in “the cloud.” This means that they do not have to worry about things such as storage and power, they can simply enjoy the end result.
Life before cloud computing
Traditional business applications have always been very complicated and expensive. The amount and variety of hardware and software required to run them are daunting. You need a whole team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them.
When you multiply this effort across dozens or hundreds of apps, itn’s easy to see why the biggest companies with the best IT departments arenn’t getting the apps they need. Small and mid-sized businesses don’t stand a chance.
Types of cloud services
(software as a service)
Infrastructure as a service
(platform as a service)
(functions as a service)
Cloud computing characteristics and benefits
- Self-service provisioning: End users can spin up computer resources for almost any type of workload on demand. This eliminates the traditional need for IT administrators to provision and manage compute resources.
- Elasticity: Companies can scale up as computing needs increase and scale down again as demands decrease. This eliminates the need for massive investments in local infrastructure, which may or may not remain active.
- Pay per use: Compute resources are measured at a granular level, enabling users to pay only for the resources and workloads they use.
- Workload resilience: Cloud service providers often implement redundant resources to ensure resilient storage and to keep users’ important workloads running — often across multiple global regions.
- Migration flexibility: Organizations can move certain workloads to or from the cloud — or to different cloud platforms — as desired or automatically for better cost savings or to use new services as they emerge.
You can transform your business to a revenue-producing asset that lets you work as much or as little as you want.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
Cloud computing allows for adaptable programs and applications, that are customizable, while allowing the owners control over the core code.
Cloud software provides the opportunity to provide personalized applications and portals to a number of customers or tenants.
Because it is hosted by a third party, businesses and other users have greater assurance of reliability, and when there are problems, easy access to customer support.
With the Internet of Things, it is essential that software functions across every device and integrates with other applications. Cloud applications can provide this.
Cloud computing can also guarantee a more secure environment, thanks to increased resources for security and centralization of data.