Cloud Computing is an Internet based computing environment which works under shared computer processing and data on computers and other devices on demand from a designated pool of resources located at a central location. Cloud computing allows various resources like networks, servers, storage, applications and services to be accessed by the user across the globe.
A recent study “Diving into Cloud Services” estimates that 93% of businesses use the cloud in varied forms and the number is set to increase as the cloud integration gets easier. We are witnessing cloud technology drives innovation faster as to what we experienced with a traditional hardware. Gartner predicted that “by 2019, more than 30 percent of the hundred largest vendors’ new software investments will be on cloud-only.” Gartner made further predictions stating “by the year 2020, a corporate ‘no cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today”.
CLOUD COMPUTING USES AND ADVANTAGES:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) & Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service saves on cost of acquiring infrastructure, its management and maintenance. As companies get it on a pay per use schemes.
Private and Hybrid Cloud
Private cloud offers services and infrastructure accessed privately on a network and provides a very high level of security. If an organization wants to store and access the data on a cloud, then a private cloud is preferred as it turns out to be cheaper. A hybrid cloud offers benefits of both private and public cloud thus lets the business to spread the wings across application testing workloads, peak usage and availability of a pay as you go basis model.
Test and development
The installation of hardware, maintenance, configuration may stretch the milestones when there’s an urgency of a test and development environment. With cloud computing, all of this can come with ease as there are readily available resources and a tailored environment for testing and development. It is very flexible and depends on the service provider and the offerings.
Big Data Analytics
The flexibility and elasticity of the cloud makes it ideal for a business to rapidly crunch large volumes of unstructured data to study patterns and identify strategies. Running a big data cluster puts a lot of stress and load on the hardware which may become an expensive affair for a business. This can be eliminated assess and deploy the apps in the cloud environment which offers both capacity and performance through the cloud computing infrastructure.
Storing, accessing and sharing the files from anywhere in the world through a simple web based interface or a dedicated application offers convenience and multiple benefits. A business has flexibility of the data access and storage any time, any place with speed and security. Moreover, organizations only pay for the amount of consumed storage which reduces the cost and offers hassle free benefits of infrastructure expenditure and maintenance.
As data and resources are spread across various geographies, it eliminates the minimizes the risk of crashes or failures. Moreover, the recovery is quite easy since the backup is on cloud which lowers the cost as compared to the traditional disaster recovery associated with fixed assets, higher expenses and rigid procedures.
A cloud backup solution positions the organization to store and retrieve their data on a cloud provided by the storage service provider. It is beneficial as compared to the local storage as the backup is stored on a data centre server which has redundant entries and uses an encrypted connection when the data is accessed thus making it immune to problems.
Not Yet Moved?
The cloud technology is in its growing phase, the advancements in cloud computing are enabling business to work in more versatile and collaborative manner. The bearings of business applications are that they expect the data to be pushed to them continuously and in real time which is an essence of the cloud. Implementing cloud in organizations will make business process more flexible, effective. There are more possibilities with cloud and it is no surprise that cloud is the future.