Cloud computing accounts for more than one-third of all IT spending worldwide. It is still a relatively new platform that is continuously growing as more people and businesses are switching over to this effortless data storage platform.
As a business model, it is changing how we operate entirely. Large enterprises aren’t the only ones taking advantage of cloud providers. Smaller companies can jump on the bandwagon and benefit greatly by utilizing this platform.
Before you decide to capitalize on this concept of cloud computing, what exactly is it, and what does it do?
When using technology lingo and the term “cloud” is used, it’s talking about a data center available for use by unlimited people. It works by using the internet instead of your computer’s physical hard drive for access. To be considered a cloud computing service, your data or programs need to be accessed over the internet or have your data synced with other info over the web.
In simple terms, these data centers are remote and work with the use of the WiFi and the web. The cloud can store, manage, and process your data without a network attached storage device (NAS), or physical hard drive, which is called local storage.
Since it is web-based, any information stored can be accessed by login credentials from any device. Be it your computer, laptop, or phone, as long as you can connect to the internet. You personally, or your company, can set up an account and pay for the storage needed on a pay per use basis.
One primary example of a device that is cloud based is Microsoft Azure.
Azure has over 100 services to build, deploy, and manage your applications. It allows you to have options in the tools and frameworks you use.
Windows has a Virtual Desktop turning the windows computer into full operating system by running the cloud.
“It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features”.
Some services such as Box and Dropbox are hybrids of local storage and cloud storage, these programs store synced versions of your files online, but they also sync data with local storage. Meaning you can create content through the applications or share local files effortlessly.
Now that we know what cloud computing is, why is it so beneficial to companies?
The cloud doesn’t require costly recoveries from damaged or failed physical servers and hard drives. The cloud has its own reliable disaster recovery, AKA, cloud backup and recovery.
Recovering data from physical servers and hard drives can be challenging, especially if that damage is too significant. All your information could be permanently lost or cost you thousands to recover. The cloud can store data in multiple locations, meaning there is always a backup, no hassle necessary.
The cost savings is great because most smaller companies fail to have the infrastructure to afford multiple safety nets for storing data. With the cloud, you pay once and get numerous backups created for you instantly.
With the cloud, you only have to pay for the resources you’re actually using. No more, no less.
Financially the cloud makes more sense. You only spend money on the space needed. The cloud has unlimited storage capacity, so you can always purchase more space if required. You can also reduce on space during slow periods when less data needs to be stored, saving you money.
If NAS are purchased for back storage up during the busy season and end up not being used. If they just end up sitting there, it can become a huge waste of resources.
With the cloud, there is no need for constant servicing, replacing/fixing parts, or hiring people to repair and fix your computer’s data storage.
The cloud allows for no more servicing machines. There is no need for updating applications or operating systems. No more getting rid of and adequately disposing of hardware and software when it’s broken or out of date. By using the cloud, it also cuts down on the cost because it doesn’t need servicing.
There’s also no more relying on in-house skills if an issue arises; the cloud provider will be able to handle and fix any problems that might occur.
With the cloud, data is accessed and saved effortlessly.
Companies using cloud services means moving faster on projects because everyone can work on the documents at the same time. It is more efficient because there will be no delay by sending data and materials back and forth. Plus, employees can work on it remotely, anytime, and anywhere.
Even if a laptop becomes lost or damaged, the information is still stored in the cloud for access.
The cloud offers peace of mind. There is no concern about losing information or the theft of information.
Since information is stored in the cloud, only those with proper credentials can access it. The data isn’t contained in physical space, which makes the information harder to acquire if you don’t have the encryption login.
Meanwhile, local storage equals less secure; it wasn’t designed to be protected, which is why the cloud is superior for keeping sensitive data safe.
The cloud is the new wave of storage for anyone to use. It’s not just for folks to store mass amounts of photos and videos. It’s an amazing online tool for large offices, small businesses, and anything in between to store all of their data and information. It also comes at a decent cost; it’s simple to use; it’s secure and very feasible.
Do you have questions about cloud computing and how it all works? Reach out to our team any time and we’d be happy to help you get started.