Cloud computing is bringing about a huge shift in the way business is done. Rather than wasting time with traditional resources for IT, companies are turning to the cloud for their requirements and there are several reasons why. Cloud computing provides plenty of benefits to all users:
With cloud computing, businesses no longer need to purchase expensive hardware and software, nor do they need the expense of running their own datacenters. That, in turn, eliminates the cost of 24/7 electricity to run huge banks of servers and fan systems to keep them cool and the need for IT experts to ensure the infrastructure is properly managed. The cost savings are huge.
Most of the cloud computing services are on demand and self-service so it can take just minutes to provision even the largest amounts of resources; all it takes is a couple of clicks on the mouse and a business has vast amounts of flexibility, not to mention reducing the need for capacity planning.
One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing is the global scaling ability. Companies can deliver the exact amount of resources required, be it power, bandwidth, storage, etc., where and when it is needed and from the most suitable geographic location.
With an on-site datacenter comes a lot of work in setting up hardware, managing it, patching software and many other IT jobs that take time. With cloud computing, much of that need is taken away and performed remotely, by the cloud service and that leaves the IT teams with more time on achieving all their other goals.
Some of the largest cloud services are run on a huge network of data centers across the world, all secure and all kept updated and upgraded regularly to ensure they are the fastest and most efficient hardware possible. Compared to an on-site data center, this provides reduced latency, and far better scaling economies.
Most cloud computing services provide the technologies, policies and controls needed to ensure full security. This keeps your data, your applications and your infrastructure much safer from potential threats.
As you can see, the benefits of cloud computing far outweigh any potential downsides, which is why so many businesses have turned to it.
Next, let’s discuss the different types of cloud computing.