Top 10 reasons why Cloud Computing is a good bet for your business in 2019Technology
Through the years we have been witness to how the internet is changing the way business is done around us. Just a few years back, the hardware and software you needed for your businesses were entirely contained in your own computer, which means that you need to have the infrastructure to maintain this.
Well, cloud computing gives you the advantage of accessing your data and programs outside your own computing environment, and this means that you no longer need to worry about space or spending on infrastructure for the computing needs of your business.
Instead of storing your data like applications, databases, email, files and others in your personal computer or server, it gets stored in remote servers across the globe to which you will be provided access over the internet.
A simpler analogy to explain cloud computing would be the difference between renting and buying. With cloud computing, you rent server space or access to software from a cloud service provider, and pay only for the resources you use.
Though the term 'cloud computing' was made popular by Amazon.com with their release of Elastic Compute Cloud product in 2006, there were mentions of 'cloud computing' as early as 1996, with the first recorded reference in a Compaq internal document.
There are four deployment models of cloud computing viz. Private, Public, Hybrid and Community cloud and you need to analyze which one works best for your business needs.
Let’s take a quick look at the four deployment types of cloud computing:
A private cloud is meant exclusively for a single organization. Here you or a third party would maintain the services and infrastructure and would be hosted either internally or externally. This would require significant allocations of space, hardware, and environmental controls. This suits you best if your data and applications are the core of your business, and you have a higher level of security or sensitive data requirements.
A public cloud is where the services and infrastructure are maintained off-site and accessed over the internet. Public cloud services providers like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others are responsible for managing the storage of your data. This deployment model offers a great level of flexibility and cost saving but is more vulnerable to security threats than private cloud.
As the name suggests, a hybrid cloud is where you can take advantage of the services offered by both private cloud and public cloud. It’s like relying on a public cloud service provider for all your emails to save on large storage cost while making use of the security of a private cloud to store all your sensitive data.
When several organizations with similar security requirements share access to a private cloud, it is called a community cloud. These organizations have their own public cloud, but they are hosted remotely in a private environment.
Now, having discussed about the various types of cloud computing deployment models, let’s take a look at the different types of cloud computing service types:
Cloud computing services can be mainly classified as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Depending on the nature of your business, you could either make use of one of these services, or a mixture of two or all the three services.
Saas: SaaS are the internet-hosted software applications you can access using a browser unlike traditional applications stored on your PC or server. The host of the software application would be responsible for controlling, maintaining and updating the software and settings. An example for SaaS would be a web-based mail service or CRM system.
IaaS: IaaS is buying or renting your computer power and disk space from an external service provider. This grants you access over the internet or through a private network while the service provider would maintain the physical computer hardware including data storage, memory, CPU processing, and network connectivity. An example for IaaS is Rackspace.
PaaS: PaaS provides you computing platforms including operating system, database, web server, programming language, and execution environment among others. An example for PaaS is Microsoft Azure.
Now, let look at the top 10 reasons how cloud computing could be a good bet for your business in 2019.
Low IT Cost
By adopting you can cut down on your IT expenditure as you wouldn’t need to invest on expensive hardware, system upgrades etc. as it may all be included in the contract. You can further save money as you no longer would need to pay for expert staff to maintain your system, and also reduce your power consumption bill. Also, you only need to pay for the resource used.
With cloud computing, your business operation and storage needs can be easily scaled up or scaled as per your requirement. Also instead of purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your service provider can handle this for you.
Since the software and hardware you use is not owned by you, and you’re not responsible for its maintenance or upgrades from time to time, you could focus more on your business. Your service provider would take care of these maintenances and upgrades.
Contrary to what many believes, cloud computing offers great security. As data is not stored on your computer, you can access it or even remotely wipe it out using any other computer as long as you are connected to the internet.
This is yet another advantage that cloud computing offers you. You could share information, collaborate with your partners or employees sitting anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet.
Cloud computing also gives employees the advantage of flexibility to work on a project from anywhere with the help of internet. Whether you’re at home, on a vacation, or a business trip, you can easily connect with your employees, or get updates of a project.
Most of the cloud computing service providers maintain an uptime of 99.9 percent and this ensures almost 24X7 support, in case needed.
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Many of the organization are enjoying a substantial reduction in their carbon footprint by adopting cloud computing as they utilize only the amount of resource they need and avoid any over-provisioning.
Having your data and systems secured is an important aspect of business continuity planning. In case of a natural disaster, power outage, or other crisis, you can be rest assured that all your data and software are secure as they are stored in cloud and not your physical premise.
Unlike managing information in silos, a cloud-based system lets you store all documents in one place and in a single format. With this, you can maintain consistency in data as everyone would be accessing the same information, thereby avoiding human error, and have a clear record of any revisions or updates.
The Spericorn Advantage
Spericorn is a cloud computing service company that offers end-to-end cloud computing services that enable organizations to focus on their core businesses instead of expending resources on computer infrastructure and maintenance, thereby allowing them to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs. The cloud computing services offered by Spericorn relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a public utility.