Considered one of the major technological advances in recent years, cloud computing has revolutionized business IT systems. Centralizing and storing digital resources remotely on the Internet that which used to be stored on local servers. This innovation has transformed IT departments, entire organizations and profoundly impacted the way people work and collaborate.
Cloud Computing: The Basics
In the traditional client-server model, a company’s computer network is an involved and complex system, in terms of both investment and processes: there are licenses and equipment to purchase, daily maintenance to perform, installations, configuration, testing, execution, security and updates.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, eliminates the constraints of having to rely on an on-call technician to manage your hardware and software. More than just a service, with the cloud, there’s an underlying relationship of trust between the company and the supplier managing this data.
In technical, financial and logistical terms, cloud computing offers businesses a great number of advantages.
Five Ways Cloud Computing has Seduced the Business World
Reduced Operating Costs
Following the “pay-per-use” model, cloud services eliminate the usual investment in hardware required by a traditional computer network. A company only pays for what it uses, and can optimize its expenditures based on what it consumes.
Flexibility and Continuity of Service
Working in the cloud is quick and easy. Adding another work station or a new server takes just seconds, eliminating the problem of under-utilized or oversaturated servers. When a company needs more bandwidth, a cloud provider can respond instantly, thanks to the large capacity of remote servers.
Cloud computing provides cost-effective access to the latest technologies, including supercomputing services which were, in the past, only available to very large companies. Similarly, processing power is coupled with increased storage capacity.
Security and Data Retention
Using electronic data eliminates the security concerns associated with physical media: if your company has a break in, your server crashes, or an employee has worked from several different terminals, you can still access resources at anytime via a web interface.
Flexibility and Collaboration
Cloud computing centralizes all of a company’s digital resources on the Internet where they are readily accessible.This in turn facilitates collaboration between employees who, wherever they are and whatever terminal they’re using, can synchronize their actions and simultaneously work on documents and shared applications in real time.
The cloud provides a path toward a new computing model which, like any technology, impacts workflow. What’s more, it is creating a new market and increasing competition among providers.
Thinking of moving to the cloud? As with any major structural change, do your due diligence and analyze the pros and cons.