We live in a modern, fast-paced world where people want to have all things to be instant. Through the internet, it makes our work faster and convenient. For example, you can have remote access to your files and applications using the internet and it frees you from using storage devices like flash drives. Whereas in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building. With cloud computing, it grants people to access to the same kinds of applications through the use of internet.
According to a set of reporters tackling cloud computing, cloud computing is a concept that works hand in hand with mobile computing in order to truly achieve computing on the go. This basically grants users or consumers to have remote access to data, applications, and storage for convenience and frees them from physical hardware needs.
In other words, it is a delivery system that delivers computing. Examples of cloud computing include most of Google’s services like Gmail, Google Calendar, Evernote, Google Maps and so on. For me, cloud computing is a big help, especially that I am a busy person and I can access my files anytime and anywhere. This is a great use either for business or personal means. Cloud Computing is mainly categorized into three services including, software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Key characteristics of Cloud Computing are on-demand network access, scalability, greater security, measured service, and flexibility. The reporters also shared their reasons why there are several people who move to cloud computing. They mentioned a lot of benefits including unlimited storage capacity, device independence, increased efficiency, increased data reliability, lower computer cost, easier collaboration, etc,. Despite a number of benefits, there are also its disadvantages including it requires a constant internet connection, does not work well with a low-speed internet connection and has possibilities of data being lost or not secured.
Cloud Computing is one of the most popular breakthroughs in IT today. The “cloud” represents one of the most significant shifts that computing has gone through. I think that although cloud computing is lacking a bit in some aspects and needs improvement it is a new model and architecture so it still has an opportunity for future research and expansion.
Nowadays, it is clear that cloud computing has revolutionized how technology is obtained, used and managed. And all of this has changed how organizations budget and pay for technology services.
Cloud Computing has given us the ability to reconfigure quickly our environments to be able to adapt them to changing business requirements. We can run cost-effective services that can scale up and down depending on usage or business demands and, all of this, using pay-per-use billing. Making unnecessary huge upfront infrastructure expenses for enterprises, and balancing the possibilities of being a big enterprise or a new one.
There are multiple and diverse advantages, and most of them depend on the enterprises, the business and the needs they have. But, there are six of them that tend to appear in every case:
Variable vs. Capital Expense
Instead of having to invest in data centers and servers before knowing how they are going to be used, they can be paid when you consume computing resources and paid only for how much you consume.
Economies of Scale
By, using cloud computing, we can achieve a lower variable cost that we would get on our own. Cloud providers like AWS can aggregate hundreds of thousands of customers in the cloud, achieving higher economies of scale, which translates in lower prices.
Stop Guessing Capacity
When we make a capacity decision prior to deploying an application, we usually end up either setting expensive idle resources or dealing with limited capacity. With cloud computing, there is no more need for guessing. The cloud allows us to access as much or as little as we need to cover our business needs and to scale up or down as required without advanced planning, within minutes.
Increase Speed and Agility
Deploy new resources to cover new business cases or implementation of prototypes and POCs to experiment now can be achieved with a few clicks provisioning new resources in a simple, easy and fast way usually reducing costs and time and allowing companies to adapt or explore.
Focus on Business Differentiators
Cloud computing allows enterprises to focus on their business priorities, instead of on the heavy lifting of racking, stacking and powering servers. This allows enterprises to focus on projects that differentiate their businesses.
Go Global in Minutes
With cloud computing enterprises can easily deploy their applications to multiple locations around the world. This allows providing redundancy and lower latencies. This is not any more reserved just for the largest enterprises. Cloud computing has democratized this ability