Your Amazon wish list, cellphone photos, and emails are all stored in the cloud. This means you can access them from multiple devices, or even drop your phone to the bottom of a lake, without losing any data. When you back up your data, it gets stored on physical servers, not your devices.
Using a data center to store all your company’s information can save you a ton of space at your office while keeping all your important documents at your fingertips. It can also keep your information safe in case of an emergency. However, some small businesses are apprehensive about moving their data to the cloud because they either don't fully understand it, don't have the time to move everything over, or don't want to share information about their infrastructure with a third party.
The top benefits of cloud computing
Using the cloud eliminates the expense of buying hardware/software, servers, 24/7 power and cooling, an IT team to set up and monitor, etc. Typically, companies only pay for the cloud services they use, which helps lower their operating costs.
The scalability that the cloud provides for businesses is immeasurable. You’re able to add more computing power, storage, and bandwidth from anywhere in the world.
The network of data centers used for the cloud is highly secure and updated regularly with the highest quality hardware.
Cloud providers maintain an elevated level of security through advanced technology, policies, and controls that help protect your infrastructure from potential threats.
Exponential amounts of data can be supplied within minutes since most cloud computing services are on-demand.
On-site data centers can be very time-consuming for IT management. From the setup to the constant monitoring and patching, give your IT team their time back and outsource to the cloud.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
Types of cloud computing
There are several different types of Cloud Computing services, it’s not a “one size fits all”. The first step in determining which type is right for you is to know which type of deployment your services will be implemented on. The three ways to deploy the cloud are:
- The public cloud is owned and operated by a third-party cloud service provider.
- All hardware, software, and other infrastructures are owned and managed by the cloud provider.
- You access your information through a web browser.
- Private Cloud Computing resources are used exclusively by a single business or organization.
- Sometimes physically located at the company's on-site data center (on-premises) or pay a third party to host their private cloud.
- Services and infrastructure are maintained on private networks.
- Combination of public and private clouds but can share data between them.
- This gives businesses greater flexibility, more deployment options, helps optimize existing infrastructure, security, compliance, etc.
- To develop your hybrid cloud strategy first you will need to assess your current IT strategy, know what files you want to keep and where you want to keep them, assess what other/similar companies are doing, etc.
Types of cloud services
Most cloud services fall under four broad categories. Knowing the difference between them can help you accomplish your goals.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
This is the most basic category of services. Companies will rent IT infrastructure from a cloud provider (Virtual Machines (VM), storage, networks, operating systems) on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS supplies an on-demand environment for developing, testing, delivering, and managing software applications making it easier for developers to create web and mobile apps.
Serverless computing can build app functionality and scalability without spending time managing servers and infrastructures. The provider handles the setup, capacity planning, and server management for you and only uses resources when a specific function or trigger occurs.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Delivers software applications over the internet, on demand, and typically on a subscription basis. Users connect over the internet (web browser, phone, tablet, or PC) and providers handle the maintenance, upgrades, and security patching.
Uses of cloud computing
Here are a few examples of what’s possible today with cloud services from a cloud provider:
- Create cloud-native applications - Build deploy and scale applications using cloud technologies
- Test/Build applications - Help reduce their development costs
- Store/Back-Up/Recover Data - Have it accessible anywhere on any device
- Analyze Data - Unify data across locations and teams and uncover insights
- Stream Audio/Video - Connect globally through HD streaming
- Embed Intelligence - Capture insights to help engage customers
- Deliver Software on Demand - Software as a service (SaaS) allows clients the latest software updates instantaneously
Whether you are a local non-profit or a global corporation, the cloud can offer you faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
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