What is Cloud Computing and What It Really Means?
What is Cloud Computing
Basically, cloud computing refers to the delivery of computing services such as: servers, storage, networking, software, infrastructure and many more over the internet, a.k.a the cloud.
Companies like Microsoft (Microsoft Azure), AWS, Google and IBM offers these computing services are known as cloud providers. Cloud computing services are usually billed in a pay as you use model, hence you only need to pay based on your usage.
Uses of Cloud Computing
Many of us had heard of the term "Cloud Computing", but how many of you really know what Cloud Computing does and how it can help you?
What is in it for me?
You are probably using one of the many cloud computing solutions right now, and may not have realise it. A simple online service like email, video and music streaming and photo sharing are some of the cloud computing services you are already using.
Example of the things you can do with the cloud:
- App development
- Store and backup data
- Website hosting
- Stream audio and video
- Deliver software (SaaS)
- Carry out data analysis processes via data analytics tools
Benefits of the Cloud – 6 common reasons company shift to cloud
Cloud computing can help you increase productivity and lower cost… yada yada yada.
We have heard this many times and many are still puzzled what these really means.
In the past, maintaining your own servers and data centre are necessary to achieve computing capabilities to meet their IT needs. Cloud computing allows business to tap on the vast computing resources of cloud providers without the hefty capital expenditure of buying hardware, software, setting up and running on-site datacenters. Maintaining racks of servers eats into a business’s bottom-line in the form of operating expense to have the electricity for power and cooling. Not forgetting the cost of hiring a IT experts for managing the infrastructure. All these costs add up fast!
Most cloud providers offer cloud computing services on demand, providing utmost flexibility for businesses and individuals to scale up their computing resources in minutes. For example, companies can scale up their computing resources for their eCommerce website to handle the surge of festive shoppers online, to prevent their site from crashing.
3. Global scale
Typically, having IT resources at the right geographic location, provides better stability and speed. Cloud providers have data centres round the globe where businesses have the options to set up their computing resources at the optimal geo location.
No more messy wiring, rows and rows of server racks. Yes. you heard me right.
You can now set up your own “data centre” without the need for physical space and hardware. Not forgetting that the time savings on software updates and other IT management chores. Your IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
Cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure datacenters, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. As a user of such services, you get to enjoy reduction in network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
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