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This pandemic has led to the inception of remote working and how important cloud computing is in different sectors. In the current business scenario, it is the present and future for many companies.
Some know it as cloud computing, others the cloud, but they all refer to the same thing: a provision of computing resources remotely using the Internet. Amazon was among the first few companies that saw the cloud’s potential and created AWS (Amazon Web Services). Microsoft, also with Azure, and Google with Google Cloud, were among the first few companies committed to developing cloud services.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing incorporates the distribution of IT resources on request or demand, commonly used through the Internet and in exchange for a payment for using them. These IT resources include servers or machines equipped with their processors, RAMs, GPUs, SSDs/HDDs, etc., on which several applications can be installed or created to serve various purposes.
Earlier, businesses needed to buy everything physically—for example, a dedicated server to store and share information. It was not only a substantial expense but was also not very flexible since not everyone needed the same kind of power. However, cloud computing emerges as a feasible solution to provide remote IT resources to anyone who needs tools or services for their work.
Benefits of cloud computing
Firstly, it is very agile since the servers provided to the businesses are pretty powerful, depending on the agility of the internet connection and how heavy the tool/application is. This allows businesses to use spectacular technological services in a matter of minutes and complete freedom to test several ideas at a minimized cost.
Another significant benefit is the innovation: depending on the hired services, businesses can access services offered by new and powerful hardware, which allows them to use applications or software without a slowdown. Before, companies needed to buy hefty servers, which became outdated over time, but now, thanks to cloud services, they can access upgraded machines from any place around the world.
Next, the cloud is flexible since it allows us to provide all the resources businesses need: no more, no less. This is important if we consider the long term since, if everything goes well, the business will grow, and the demand for cloud services will be even greater.
One of the significant benefits is the reduction of expenses thanks to the existence of data centers and servers. Businesses only need to pay for their resources; this will save them from buying dedicated servers, maintenance services, assembly services, installation services, etc.
Lastly, businesses also benefit from the possibilities offered by the Internet: implement TOP applications in minutes. Businesses can access servers hosted in different geographical locations, and this is why Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have servers all over the planet.
Types of cloud computing
Being such a comprehensive service, cloud services providers in charge of data centers, servers, and supercomputers have diversified their services to sell them in a more transparent, rational, and precise way.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is among the best methodologies offered by the services as software: applications or tools based on the cloud. One of its significant advantages is that businesses only need an Internet connection and a web browser to access those applications. For example, Google offers text or table editors (Word or Excel).
Platform as a Service (PaaS) differs significantly from SaaS since it provides businesses with an entire cloud platform to develop and market applications. In this regard, they offer a whole series of hardware to develop and create applications simply using an Internet connection.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is offered to businesses with complete computing resources: servers, networks, storage, etc. One of the significant advantages of this service is that businesses need to pay according to usage, and hence it can be scaled according to the demand.
IaaS also offers flexibility since businesses do not have to buy hardware (invest in fixed assets) but rather save that money with this cloud computing.
How Cloud Computing Shaping the Future of Work
- Instant connection with all teams and departments: With the help of cloud services, businesses need not install software on the terminals since access is provided remotely via the Internet. This offers greater mobility and flexibility with enhanced connection and collaboration.
- Enhanced security for all IT equipment: Traditional storage on a single system poses a significant security risk than spreading it across multiple servers in a cloud service provider’s data center. The protection level in the cloud is more robust against physical threats such as an office fire or earthquake, local problems such as power failure or water leaks, and virtual attacks such as malware.
- Remote access to documents: As the data is not stored in a physical server, such as a computer’s hard drive, cloud computing allows access to documents from any device as long as there is a reliable internet connection. With its help, employees can easily create, view, and share information, regardless of their location.
Now that you understand the concepts of cloud computing, we would recommend that, before choosing the best model for your company, you reflect on the requirements and priorities of your business since it will allow you to decide which services are essential for investment.