Hey! Have you thought of moving to the cloud?, No I don’t mean the ones floating in our skies. I mean the technology cloud, we all access this type of cloud every day, the technology cloud bubble is accessed daily in our everyday lives.
As we use more smart devices, tablets, even using those different apps on our mobile phones, well they link into some form of a cloud platform, internet web shopping is an easy example. So much data is now transferred between devices and computers, the cloud offers a robust 24/7 service, that is adaptable, flexible, with in built app and data security.
Businesses need to be on the forefront of technology, to keep the tills ringing and orders coming in, with adaptable, flexible, whilst keeping our data secure up to date systems in place. Just look how business used cloud technologies to adapt around the global pandemic.
Think about it … if there was no cloud, no tools for collaborating, no everyday cloud email, then IT managers would have had a very big task and several headaches to nurture whist thinking of other ways of how quickly they could achieve to get their on-premises server and applications data and day to day working applications they would access in the office to their home workplaces or remote locations under a pandemic lockdown.
This has been a major learning curve for some business who are now making the decision to move more and more of their processes to the cloud. Which can reduce the amount of capital expenditure needed for hardware, making substantial saving for businesses.
We know that cloud computing is here to stay, but most of us are not sure exactly what it is and what the benefits are.
So, what is Cloud Computing?
To put it simply, cloud computing is how data is stored and accessed. The cloud itself is a network of servers. Each server has a different function. Cloud computing allows you to access the server data anywhere via an internet connection.
An easy example of cloud computing is Google’s Gmail. You sign in on any device through a web browser and access your emails (data) hosted by Google.
Types of Cloud Computing
A public cloud environment is owned by an outsourced cloud provider and is accessible to many businesses through the internet on a pay-per-use model. This deployment model provides services and infrastructure to businesses who want to save money on IT operational costs, but it’s the cloud provider who is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the resources.
Public clouds are ideal for small and medium sized businesses with a tight budget requiring a quick and easy platform in which to deploy IT
This cloud deployment model is a bespoke infrastructure owned by a single business. It offers a more controlled environment in which access to IT resources is more centralised within the business. This model can be externally hosted or can be managed in-house. Although private cloud hosting can be expensive, for larger businesses it can offer a higher level of security and more autonomy to customise the storage, networking, and compute components to suit their IT requirements.
For businesses seeking the benefits of both private and public cloud deployment models, a hybrid cloud environment is a good option. By combining the two models, a hybrid cloud model provides a more tailored IT solution that meets specific business requirements.
There are three main service models of cloud computing – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). There are clear differences between the three and what they can offer a business in terms of storage and resource pooling, but they can also interact with each other to form one comprehensive model of cloud computing.
IaaS (Infrastructure as Service)
This is the most common service model of cloud computing as it offers the fundamental infrastructure of virtual servers, network, operating systems, and data storage drives. It allows for the flexibility, reliability, and scalability that many businesses seek with the cloud and removes the need for hardware in the office. This makes it ideal for small and medium sized organisations looking for a cost-effective IT solution to support business growth. IaaS is a fully outsourced pay-for-use service and is available as a public, private or hybrid infrastructure.
This is where cloud computing providers deploy the infrastructure and software framework, but businesses can develop and run their own applications. Web applications can be created quickly and easily via PaaS, and the service is flexible and robust enough to support them. PaaS solutions are scalable and ideal for business environments where multiple developers are working on a single project. It is also handy for situations where an existing data source (such as CRM tool) needs to be leveraged.
SaaS (Software as a Service)
This cloud computing solution involves the deployment of software over the internet to various businesses who pay via subscription or a pay-per-use model. It is a valuable tool for CRM and for applications that need a lot of web or mobile access – such as mobile sales management software. SaaS is managed from a central location so businesses do not have to worry about maintaining it themselves and is ideal for 3rd party vendor application use.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are IaaS examples. Google App Engine classifies as PaaS, while Microsoft 365 or Salesforce are examples of SaaS.
Understanding the basics of cloud computing helps you fully realize the benefits of operating in the cloud.
The Benefits and Advantages of Cloud Computing
Reduction of Cost with better security
The main benefit of cloud computing is that it leads to a significant reduction in costs. This reduction is from a decrease in operating and maintenance costs. You only pay for capacity when you need it.
Further, installing a server for you company can cost quite a bit of money, not to mention maintaining it and fixing it when it goes down. Instead, utilize the cloud and another company’s servers. This saves costs on hiring more IT staff and equipment.
Accessibility & Efficiency
Another benefit is the accessibility of the cloud. If you have an internet connection, you can access your data from anywhere from a pc or tablet to a mobile phone on a data network.
When on the cloud, employees, partners, and clients can access and update information from any location. Those updates with software or platforms are automatic, or in real-time. Having the ability to access information and others so easily and quickly increases functionality and helps foster innovation. Employees have their data at their fingertips no matter where they are, either roaming around the store or working on the road.
Your data is safer as well. Since your data is stored in a secure data centre instead of your server room, losing power does not affect the cloud. Many service providers maintain 99.99% uptime. Your data is always accessible via an internet connection.
Easy Software Updates
A significant advantage of cloud computing is the ease of updating the software. Cloud computing allows for frequent, undisruptive software updates. This ensures you have the best features of the software without interrupting your work time. Updates do not require a lengthy installation of new software and downtime is clearly disappeared.
No matter of business size
Cloud computing allows smaller firms to compete with larger firms as huge investments in IT infrastructure and IT staff is minimized. Paying only for what you need allows you to focus on your core product/service and keep IT costs to a minimum.
Scalability and secure
With cloud computing, you can now increase the volume of your outputs without a corresponding increase in staff. Your cost per product or service offering decreases allowing you to produce more. Additionally, the need for purchasing more storage decreases so your company does not have to invest in expensive hardware or software programs. With worldwide datacentres, your data is replicated so its not always in one place, give better redundancy as well as industry led security from building to computer hardware.
TAGZ Cloud accreditation as a Microsoft Gold partner has helped businesses of all sizes to adapt the cloud by providing skilled resources to make a successful transition from migrating current on premise server and networking infrastructure to new streamlined operations saving companies money, time, and further headaches.
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