Why Cloud Computing is the Future
Cloud computing is the future, and that’s a good thing. Technology has been evolving at such a rapid pace that many businesses are having difficulty keeping up with their IT needs. Cloud computing solve this problem by providing companies with resources they need without the hassle of buying, maintaining, or upgrading hardware and software. This blog post will cover all you need to know about cloud computing benefits for businesses including performance, reliability, security, cost and productivity. Also we will explain why we believe that cloud computing is the way to go and it represents the future of computing.
According to Wikipedia’s definition “Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user.” The “on-demand availability” part is crucial, as it means that those resources are available when and where you need them, with just a click of the button. Equally important in this definition is the “without direct active management by the user” part because this means that the user does not have to be involved in time-consuming and costly day-to-day activities related with IT resources management like backups, security, disaster recovery, patching, upgrades, etc.
There are three types of cloud computing: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Public clouds are run by a service provider in the case of Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Google Cloud. Private clouds can be deployed inside an organization’s own data center on servers it owns or rents from third-party providers like IBM or Dell; while Hybrid clouds are a combination of public and private clouds.
Cloud computing is designed to deliver resources to users on demand. This means that when you need more disk storage, memory, CPU power or bandwidth – it’s available and ready for use. With the cloud, you get on-demand scalability so you can instantly scale up or down as needed without additional investment in hardware.
Cloud infrastructure is built with redundant systems, multiple layers of security and uptime Service Level Agreements (SLAs), all designed to give you peace of mind that your business can stay up and running even if a natural disaster hits or the entire infrastructure is hacked. This makes your company disaster recovery and business continuity effortless and inexpensive.
Cloud computing has lowered IT costs for businesses. You only pay for what you consume and avoid the large capital expenses with physical servers, software, data centres, etc. Before the cloud, companies were required to make a large upfront investment in IT infrastructure and software licenses. By moving into the cloud, the organizations slashed their IT budgets while achieved significant productivity increases. In fact one study by IDC found that companies using cloud-based services saved 41% on their IT costs over three years while those without such a strategy were spending more than 100%.
By removing the need of IT management tasks from the organization, IT staff can focus on other tasks that are more important for company growth. Cloud computing allows companies to work faster and smarter with less resources by providing all the hardware and software setup and maintenance and keeping them up to date, secure and dependable.
Cloud computing is the ultimate productivity tool. The cloud speeds up your work, giving you access to any app from anywhere with an internet connection (smartphone, laptop, tablet). You can collaborate on documents and presentations in real time no matter where you are or what device you use.
Cloud security is designed to protect data, services, applications and the infrastructure in the cloud from both internal threats and external threats. These measures are implemented to safeguard users’ privacy and maintain compliance with any applicable rules or regulations.
Cloud providers offer a host of security measures and services to help protect your data. It’s worth mentioning the deterrent and preventative controls, which are the first line of defence against threats, but also the response and detective controls that take care of any issues after they have occurred.
The Future is Cloud Based
We’ve seen above the benefits of cloud computing and how this technology is a game changer. Cloud computing has really taken off in recent years and it’s changed how we do business. The world’s leading IT companies like Microsoft, Amazon, or Google have been investing heavily into cloud technology for many reasons. While we’re still relatively early into cloud adoption – some estimates suggest that only 10% of the on-premises IT workloads that can be migrated have actually been transferred into the cloud (zdnet.com), we believe that the future will be cloud based. Here are a couple of reasons for that:
- Cloud computing saves money: This is a no-brainer, it is cheaper to run an application on a cloud rather than running it yourself. Cloud providers charge only for what you use, so no need to invest in expensive IT infrastructure and pay the high upfront costs.
- Clouds also have access to cheap power sources that can lead to lower electricity bills when compared with the traditional data centres. Withstanding the fact that you don’t have to pay any energy bill for your servers, cooling, etc., it’s still good to know that the IT resources are managed and used efficiently and cost effective.
- By pooling resources and sharing the storage and compute infrastructure, cloud computing consumes less power than on-premise solutions leading to a better environment. We all have a moral responsibility for this planet, and until we colonize Mars or other planets, Earth is the only one we get to live.
- Companies like to focus on what they do best, and that is offering better and affordable products of services. Cloud computing takes the burden of implementing, managing and maintaining complex IT resources in dedicated, expensive to run data centres the organization own and offers bite size or all you can eat IT services that are tailored, cost-effective and efficient according to the business cycles and needs.
- Cloud based services are more secure than on premises. There is no single point of failure, as data and applications can be replicated across different geographical locations or even continents automatically in case one site goes offline due to natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.
The benefits of cloud computing for business are many, in this blog post we’ve just scratched the surface on this subject.
There are many reasons to adopt cloud computing for your business, but the key is deciding which type of Cloud service you need. Cloud services like Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS) gives you an opportunity that can help improve organization’s performance, reliability, security cost-effectiveness and productivity in ways we never dreamed possible before this technology emerged. Iaas provides processing power in-the-cloud; PaaS offers software development tools that are scalable; SaaS delivers prebuilt apps or programs via a subscription model. Which types of cloud computing services do your company uses?
If you want some guidance about where to start with this new technology or any other data services, just ask me. I would be happy to provide my expert input and advice! As always, thanks for reading!