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Cloud Computing for Your Business Needs

Technology over the past year has taken some big steps. Likely, many of the advancements have arisen due to the reliance of working remotely. E-commerce businesses have grown, outsourcing is more popular, and more low-code platforms have emerged for user-friendliness. Needless to say, working with technology is becoming easier and more efficient than ever. 

Cloud computing is one trend that many individuals are relying on. Due to the software’s speed, cost, and productivity enhancements, businesses are enjoying this technological upgrade. 

What is Cloud Computing?

Microsoft explains cloud computing with the following definition:

“Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.”

Moreover, Microsoft declares that users will only pay for used cloud services, which will lower operating costs. Furthermore, users can run their infrastructure with more efficiency and scale as the business changes. 

Due to the many advantages of the cloud, Hot FrameWorks claims that by 2025, 95% of workloads will be cloud-based. But how did we get to this point?

Evolution of the Cloud

Did you know that the idea of network-based computing has been around since 1960? However, Eric Schmidt (Google’s 2006 CEO) used the term “cloud computing” at an industry conference on August 9, 2006. 

When developers were first putting together the cloud, the ideas were discretion and automation. The software layer was built with load balancers, compute servers, storage, firewalls, and more. The infrastructure grew, of course, and eventually many big companies were interested in creating a better, more efficient architecture. 

In the beginning, the cloud had a limited scale and capped cost savings. Then, the cloud became more homogenous in its software and components. The cloud that we see today is more optimized for business use with value-added services. As the main goal for most developers is efficiency and user-friendliness, the next step for the cloud became optimizations. 

One of the main advantages of the modern cloud is the scalability and speed of services. Of course, right now, the cloud infrastructure is the best it has ever been. What are some of the top aspects of today’s cloud? 

Cloud Pros

Back-up, Restore, Recover

Data loss is a big issue. One of the biggest pros of the cloud is the ability to store data without restraints on capacity (if you’re willing to pay). Furthermore, you are able to restore previously released data that may be more stable.

Cooperation

If you need better collaboration, having all of your employees working with cloud computing can help. Workflow is important, and doing so in a transparent manner can help your company with productivity. 

Scalability or Elasticity

If you want your system to be scalable, cloud is able to increase the workload with its resources. Therefore, you are able to plan for long-term growth. Elasticity, however, will allow your system to either shrink or grow depending on workload demands. Automatically adapting to demand in real-time, the elastic solution can help businesses who work in unpredictable environments. You can choose which system works best for you. 

High Performance

Cloud is one software that you know will be ready with updates and innovation. You will never have to worry about falling behind on technology trends. 

Cost

Running a business is obviously not cheap. Saving money is important, and the cloud can help with that. Cloud users utilize a pay-per-use model, which will assist with saving not only money but also time. You don’t have to worry about buying hardware and software!

There are many more reasons why one would want to be a part of cloud computing. However, as the program is constantly upgrading, there are a few aspects of the infrastructure that individuals have complained about. 

Cloud Cons

Privacy

The latest updates to the cloud compliment security. However, there is always more that can be done to make users feel secure. As the cloud is an external service provider, important information is still at risk. Keeping data safe is not only up to the provider but also up to the user. Knowing the risks is very important. 

Service Outages

One of the biggest challenges with internet-based infrastructures is downtime. There is no way to know when or if the servers will go down or if there will be an outage. However, there are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Look into how much uptime you are guaranteed in your Service Level Agreement
  • Have plans in place for recovery in case of disaster and loss
  • Talk with your provider about your concerns

Cost

Yes, cloud solutions are meant to save you money. However, some individuals end up spending more than they realize. The best way to make sure you aren’t overspending is to try the different options and see which works best for your business. Furthermore, you are able to track your spending and make cost calculations. Researching the price points of different providers (Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure) is another way to make sure you are within your budget.

Summary

There are many factors to consider before implementing cloud computing for your business. As technology is constantly improving, getting easier, faster, and more efficient, your business has the opportunity to make many improvements. Perhaps you are hoping to streamline communication or simply are due for a technological upgrade. Research can help you with deciding if the issues of cloud computing are ones you can overlook. At the very least, looking into some improvements for your company can never hurt!

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