Published on August 15th, 2012 | by John I.
Cloud Computing Advantages
Computers have become integral to our lives and have also been a part of businesses and enterprises. Computers have aided humans in numerous ways and also played a huge role in the civilization and development of various sectors. From hard copies to soft copies, from wired phones to IP phones, from postage mails to emails, from printed books to eBooks, from advertising placards to PPC advertisements, computers along with the internet have invaded almost every business sectors by storm.
Aided by the development of groundbreaking network technology and radical design of semiconductor and microprocessor components, computers have evolved to become one of the most used and trusted machines. And after almost three decades of computer usage, there is a need to develop new and feature-rich devices.
As the development and usage of advanced portable devices such as tablets, smartphones, and mobile phones is on the ascendancy, the need for efficient and reliable data storage has become the need of the hour. With more and more users storing and uploading data via the internet, there is a strong demand for larger bandwidths and powerful datacenters.
The need for cost-effective, reliable, and secure service access has resulted in the development of a revolutionary technology called ‘Cloud Computing’. It is a concept that involves the provisioning of data storage and computing solutions as a service. There are three types of services that can be offered with the help of cloud computing. They are offered by specialized providers and only registered users can access the service.
There are many attributes that help distinguish cloud computing from other computing technologies.
- Memory allocation and processing of data is outsourced to on-demand resources on the web.
- Authorized users can only access the required service, as they have no control over the resources or the location of the resources on the web.
- Registered users can access their cloud account from any internet-enabled machine or device.
There are three types of cloud computing deployment models: Hybrid Cloud, Public Cloud, and Private Cloud. Hybrid clouds are a combination of public and private clouds, whereas public clouds can be accessed by all internet users and is typically a free service. Private clouds are restricted within an organization or an enterprise.
Cloud computing services help enterprises:
- Curb expenses as the cloud is built on a pay per use pricing model.
- Access top-notch technologies at minimal costs.
- Focus on business management and quality improvement, as enterprises do not have to sweat about infrastructure management.
- Reduce data loss by providing reliable data security and backup.
- Virtualization of their servers and storage devices, and aid the easy transfer of data from one server to another.
For small and medium sized enterprises, cloud computing can deliver a good deal of savings in areas like customer relationship management, accounting, website hosting, data storage & backup, application usage, and software usage. The bottom line is, with cloud computing, organizations and developing enterprises can realize a myriad of monetary benefits, which help them manage their business cost effectively.