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Cloud Computing: A Quick Primer

Introduction

One of the new buzzwords in the tech and business community is cloud computing. In a world of mobile access, mass amounts of data, globalization, and a larger than ever marketplace to do business, we need a way to store and access data and apps efficiently. Cloud computing is the solution for this.

What is cloud computing, and how can it help your company? There are many benefits to cloud migration I’ll cover here. Each benefit revolves around cost, which is excellent for business. Continue reading to learn more about what cloud computing is and its benefits.

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the storage, access, and use of data and software via the internet. It functions the same as using on-site servers, but it’s stored off-site. Cloud computing is rentable meaning you pay as you go. Most providers charge fees based on storage used or a subscription when it comes to SaaS applications.

One feature of cloud computing that makes it more desirable than physical servers is the ability to scale your storage when needed. Cloud companies specialize in space. Their specialty allows them to rent out storage when needed, and it makes it virtually unlimited. Having a scalable database keeps you from having to use up your IT budget when you need server upgrades.

There are many new terms to learn when starting to research cloud migration. Here is a shortlist of some of the standard terms to know.

IaaS

IaaS means infrastructure as a service. IaaS includes virtualization, storage, network, and servers. IaaS offers companies the most freedom when migrating to cloud computing. It allows companies to develop and manage their servers, storage, applications, and operating system. 

Examples of IaaS

AWS: Amazon Web Service is, by far the most popular IaaS and has experienced the most growth. AWS’s tool and capabilities are so far unmatched in the cloud arena.

Microsoft Azure: Azure is Microsoft’s answer to AWS. Azure provides the same IaaS like AWS and is starting to see more growth.

Google Cloud Platform: This is Google’s version of IaaS. Google is considered the underdog but catching ground being well-funded. A bonus is Google’s vast experience with data collection and storage.

PaaS

PaaS is a platform as a service. PaaS provides the same managed services os IaaS. PaaS also includes management of runtime, middleware, and the operating system. PaaS allows a company to develop and deploy apps while only having to manage data and the application. PaaS allows less freedom but works great for companies with specific needs for product development.

Examples of PaaS

AWS Elastic Beanstalk:  Google App Engine:  Oracle Cloud

SaaS

SaaS is software as a service. SaaS is the standard service most businesses use from the cloud computing category. SaaS is an end-user software where a third-party provider manages the infrastructure, data, and applications. For a subscription fee, users can use the software and data servers using the internet. SaaS allows a business to use software and only have to worry about business processes. There’s no need for development or management. 

Examples of SaaS

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Services you manage vs. cloud provider

Email Clients like Gmail. DropBox CRMs Any app you access and use online.

Private vs. Public

Private cloud computing is a secure cloud service that is strictly used by one company or organization and can be maintained in-house or by a third party. The company or organization own private cloud services. Public clouds are owned and managed by a service provider. Public cloud services rent to multiple companies, and the services are shared but separate.

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A distribution network is allowing users to access the discrete server location closest to them. CDN’s provide faster service to users due to location access.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud computing uses a mix of public and private cloud services in a company or organization.

Multitenancy

Public cloud services are multitenancy. Multitenancy is where multiple subscribers use the same set of resources. Multitenancy helps provide a lower cost of cloud resources.

Utility Computing

Utility computing is similar to public utilities. Utility computing is paying for what you use. Utility computing is the basic fee structure of cloud computing. Rentable resources.

Vertical Cloud

Vertical cloud is a cloud service built for multiple clients in the same industry. Vertical cloud usually works best with companies and clients with similar needs, such as compliance or security. 

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud migration has several benefits for your company or organization. Cost efficiency is the most considerable benefit offered by cloud services

Scalable

Cloud storage is virtually endless. Cloud service providers specialize in storing data. The clouds scalability gives you the ability to expand your storage or scale your apps and software quickly and efficiently without upgrading a physical server. 

Disaster Recovery

If your company is in a disaster-prone area, cloud computing may be right for you. Cloud computing can also help take a significant burden off your disaster preparedness planning. Since storage, apps, and the network are off-site, the potential destruction of your physical server location won’t cost you in data and hardware recovery. Using cloud computing will save you time getting operations up and running with a new site or remote workers as well.

Cost Efficiency

Since cloud storage is rentable and you don’t need physical servers, your IT costs will be less. You don’t need to staff and train IT techs to maintain and replace servers. The nature of the cloud allows you to scale as needed and not have to predict and build servers for potential growth.  

Access

Since the cloud utilizes the internet, your company has access to data and applications where there’s an internet connection. Access through the internet can let you build remote workforces, keep data available for business travel, and keep what you need at your fingertips for meetings. Cloud computing makes it easier to integrate apps and resources for company-wide access to data. SaaS software keeps you in touch with your business.

Conclusion

Migration to cloud computing could be a cost-effective way to save on IT costs, allow your company access, and help mitigate disasters. The benefits of cloud migration outweigh the cost to migrate. With more companies migrating to the cloud, your migration may be what you need to stay competitive. 

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