Cloud computing has established itself as a basic business tool and has gained importance in virtually every sector. An increasing number of business leaders are attaching much importance to the concept of cloud optimization. Cloud services and optimization have become a necessity. Cloud services are considered to form an increasingly major component of any organization’s overall IT infrastructures. Efficiency and accuracy, the essential requirements, are what cloud solutions offer businesses and enterprises. Institutions and organizations are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that they are benefited by the offerings of cloud services.
The Popular Cloud Platforms
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud Platform
- IBM Cloud
- Rackspace Cloud
Ways of Using Cloud Platforms – Increasing IT Infrastructure Flexibility
Cloud computing has been acknowledged to have helped in increasing competitiveness and enhancing the ability to achieve the desired business goals. It facilitates cost reduction, provides greater flexibility, elasticity and leverages optimal resource utilization.
Companies use an existing infrastructure on a pay-per-use scheme when it comes to IaaS. This seems to be an obvious choice for enterprises to save on the cost of investing when acquiring, managing and maintaining an IT infrastructure. PaaS helps organizations by increasing the speed of development on a ready-to-use platform to deploy applications.
Automatic Software Updates
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. This facility lets you have time to focus on the major and important matters, like expanding your business.
Test and Development
One of the best scenarios for the use of a cloud is a test and development environment. This entails securing a budget, setting up your environment through physical assets, significant manpower and time. Then you install and configure your platform.
One of the major advantages offered by leveraging cloud computing is the ability to manage huge quantities of both structured and unstructured data in order to yield the benefit of extracting business value. Big data analytics, thus, obtained from cloud computing, helps in extracting information to derive meaningful information.
Cloud usage provides help in storing your files. You can access, store and retrieve them from any web-enabled interface. The web services interfaces are convenient and simple to operate. This capability enables high availability, speed, scalability and security for your environment at any time, any place.
Disaster recovery is yet another benefit derived from using cloud. Disaster recovery (DR) solution proves to be much cost effective and provides a faster recovery from different physical locations at a much lower cost. The traditional DR sites have fixed assets, go through rigid procedures and incur much higher cost.
Backing up data has always been an arduous and time-consuming task. This operation involves maintaining a set of drives, collecting them manually and then dispatching them to a backup facility. This entire process might have issues and problems that you might face in between the originating and the backup site. The cloud way of ensuring a backup is not immune to problems such as running out of backup media. There is also time to load the backup devices for a restore operation, which in the conventional method, takes time and is prone to malfunctioning and human errors.
Cloud is the Future – Perpetuating Innovation!
Cloud computing is an independent system that leverages sheer scalability, reliability and high fault tolerance. One can foresee huge improvements in cloud technology that would eventually lead to increased productivity and improved business relationships. There will be easier collaboration and reduced investment costs which would inevitably lead to an even larger number of organizations moving to the cloud in the future. Cloud usage surely increases the IT infrastructure flexibility while leveraging on big data analytics and mobile computing. Business owners, companies and organizations will need to stay up to date on the latest developments in the world of cloud technologies in this ever-changing and competitive market.
Nairita Goswami, Marcom Specialist, RapidValue