Why is Cloud Computing Important for Your Business?
Cloud Computing gives you all the leverage you will ever need to navigate the digital requirements of the post-modern marketplace.
Everyone has heard that the cloud has revolutionized the way we develop and sell applications. When we speak about the cloud we refer to Cloud Computing, a digital service enabling businesses and users to access programs and data stored on remote, digital servers via the Internet. If you want to read more about Cloud Technology, we recommend this article.
Cloud Computing tends to be the norm nowadays for many reasons:
- It hosts data/software/applications remotely, which saves on or frees up your storage/memory/computing power
- It provides round-the-clock access via credentials
- It can grow or shrink in capacity and power, depending on context or needs
Cloud Computing is the next step in expanding the capabilities of devices and servers by setting them up in a network powered by the Internet.
Cloud Computing implementations
Cloud Computing brings about a revolution in processing speed, high availability, data security and maintenance, as well as automation.
Cloud Computing is integrated into the main three services enterprises can opt for to enhance their business:
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
- Businesses can rent the hardware computing infrastructure they need for their applications on a pay-per-use basis. Microsoft Azure is an example of IaaS.
- SaaS (Software as a Service)
- Businesses can rent software maintained by a cloud provider, but businesses run the software on their own devices. Businesses access the software via a subscription. Microsoft Office 365 is an example of SaaS.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service)
- Businesses can rent access to web-based platforms where they build applications without concerns around infrastructure, updates or maintenance.
The most common scenarios enterprises can use Cloud Computing are:
- Storage and Backup
- Software Applications
Cloud Computing benefits
In particular, Cloud Computing stands out as the go-to technology for PaaS-enabled businesses which sell their solutions as web-based products, accessible from any device via the Internet.
Cloud Computing supersedes traditional ways of working on several levels by giving businesses more agility and adaptability in the face of dynamic requirements and context switching.
Hosting and infrastructure design
Traditional Computing relies on interconnected physical servers. In this scenario, primary servers are backed by secondary servers for safety and redundancy purposes, so that, secondary servers can replace primary ones in case of failure. This setup can become a burden for any business quite quickly.
Cloud Computing is designed around a different architecture, around a virtual server space, relying on logical, function-driven servers. The functions or layers of an application (UI, storage, DB and so on) are spread across different geographical locations, and run in parallel, while still being connected. If, say, the UI layer in one geographical region fails, the other UI layers in other regions keep working.
- Is a safe way of ensuring continuity and performance even when some layers temporarily go down
- Helps you scale, and tolerate faults and downtimes with minimal impact on your users
Flexibility and business continuity
Traditionally, having to manage a server fleet entailed a lot of preparation and planning for updates, upgrades, backup, and fallback plans. When you choose Cloud Computing you can:
- Stop worrying about updates and upgrades, as these happen behind scenes
- Scale instantly, depending on contextual usage needs
- Avoid losing data, as the data is layered
- Deploy fast and minimize downtime, as data is convergent and backed up continuously
Cloud Computing helps your business adapt and grow easily when you do not need to worry about things like recovery, failover, and maintenance.
Cost efficiency and green policy
Before Cloud Computing, any server investment would require a large in-house budget and a thorough analysis of how this investment is spent. Cloud Computing scraps away all operational costs related to server equipment:
- Physical warehouse and security
- Damage insurance
- Ongoing maintenance
- Electricity bill
Cloud Computing removes the strain off your electricity expenses and helps your business become greener.
Collaboration and accessibility
Cloud Computing enables users to access the same content or data, anywhere, on any device, as the data is stored on the Internet, rather than on a physical server or PC. Access is credential-based, and several users can work on the same work item at the same time.
Performance and security
Cloud Computing means having:
- Increased processing speed Processing speed is achieved via CPUs, load optimization, and even AI integration.
- Staying protected against hacking and viruses Cloud providers invest time, money, and expertise in keeping their infrastructure secure and regulation compliant.
Cloud Computing will help your business end the struggle of keeping up with technology developments in house. Invest in Cloud Computing as a Service to focus on your business goals and to deliver the best version of your solutions to your customers:
- No infrastructure effort
Providers are in charge of updates, fixes, memory allocation and load, as well as security.
- No work limitations
Business users can work from any device and location which has an Internet connection. When the work volume or data volume change, business users can request to upgrade or downgrade their package.
- No provisioning limitations
Unless you choose Cloud Computing, you need to carefully plan and buy enough computing power and hardware to support both peak and regular traffic volumes. However, if peak times are fewer than the regular ones, you end up not using the entire computing power on which you spent a lot of money. Cloud Computing enables you to manage traffic volume on the fly.
- Reduced time to market
Business users focus on the application they develop or use, on the project they work on, rather than on setting up environments and infrastructure.
- Enhanced data safety and recoverability
Data is replicated across geographical zones and centers, so, the data is safe even if one server is down or you are a victim of external attacks.