With the market multiplying, every byte and data are getting migrated to the cloud there is no sign of slowing down the beast, cloud computing is transforming the businesses and services in an accelerating speed and biggest cloud providers are getting bigger by days. Not just some fresh startups now industry giants are also eagerly adopting the technology and yes, reasons are plenty. From the large storage to increased security, flexibility of operations to the opportunity to collaborate, highly cost-effective cloud benefits businesses in every possible way.
Cloud computing types
There is a difference of opinion regarding how to describe cloud computing and many definitions can be found too. But to put it simply cloud computing involves accessing data, software, and hardware that are stored in remote servers in lieu of the traditional computing where everything is inside. In cloud computing, all the services are delivered over the internet with the help of a remote network of servers. These servers store, processes and manages the data and users can access them on-premise anytime to expand and upgrade their operation and services.
The way technology is used in the industry takes various shapes and forms but to understand easily cloud computing has been mainly categorized under three heads.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The most basic cloud solution where the clients access the whole cloud-based infrastructure through the virtual interface from the IaaS providers. The infrastructure includes huge computing resources complemented by a large storage and networking capabilities to match. IaaS providers are the owners of pre-installed and configured software and hardware providing hosting and enterprise level development environments for their users at a very affordable cost making it highly cost-effective and the bonus is the scalability as the users can scale up or down anytime they need.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): The next comes in the line is PaaS, a little more advanced than IaaS here the infrastructure is coupled with a computing platform and a solution stack on which the user can build customized applications. It comes with a GUI, run time libraries and programming languages, development tools the complete infrastructure needed for application development and hosting. Users can develop, test, collaborate and deploy a new application on PaaS anytime without upgrading their own infrastructure with the support of the runtime software and exploiting the PaaS environment without the deployment and maintenances worries.
Software as a Service (SaaS): The last layer is the SaaS where the users access the software and the database of the providers through an interface or a web browser simply from their own devices. Eliminating the need for installing them SaaS normally offers these applications for their users to subscribe at a rate or need them to pay per use or completely free. Owned and managed remotely these solutions are provided by the SaaS providers over the internet. The category includes some extremely popular on-demand business solutions, email clients, ERP, CRM, project management tools etc. for business users. Rapidly scalable services of customizable software accessible from literally anywhere over the internet with little infrastructural concern involved and no maintenance issues, no surprise SaaS has taken the industry by storm and reshaping the business workflow and operation strategies.
Another type of cloud is Recovery As a Service (RS) where the backups are archived over the cloud, the data, entire databases, applications, configurations, OS everything stored in remote servers and downloaded in case the original is lost due to any disaster reducing the business downtime to a minimum.
The cloud can also be broken down into three categories according to the deployment model it follows, Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud. Private Cloud as the name suggests is owned by a single organization operated, managed and hosted internally or externally by the organization itself or by a third party. On the contrary, Public Cloud refers to the cloud services that are open for anybody who wants to access the resources it offers and Hybrid cloud is the combination of the two or more types of clouds which retain their identities and characters but connected together offering services to its users. In a Community cloud, two or more organizations govern by the same interests and concerns comes together and share their infrastructure.
According to the Gartner, by 2025, 80 percent of the organizations will migrate from their on-premise data centers to collocation, hosting and the cloud. There are multiple advantages that businesses can exploit to secure an edge by using cloud computing.
There are a few key benefits that make cloud computing so desired in the business world.
Cost- effective – A major advantage that cloud offers that has enticed the businesses small or large to embrace the technology so fast is that it saves the capital expenditure that one needs to invest on additional infrastructure required whenever you planning on offering new services or designing products. Affordable pricing or one-time migration costs a lot less than building new infrastructure and one of the reasons it.
Flexibility – The cloud services are highly scalable as one can upgrade or downgrade the services according to their business need anytime with the cloud just changing the subscription plans.
Mobility – Another major advantage the cloud computing offers is business operations can be conducted from anywhere in the globe as long as there is internet available. Data, applications are accessible from anywhere and anytime.
Collaboration – Offering services virtually capable the cloud to reach different places, diverse group of people and also encourages interaction and collaboration. People exchanges ideas and information and contributing towards developing and improving product and services in the cloud.
All these will leads to the increased efficiency in operation. Especially cloud is a lucrative option for the startups as it offers the opportunity to avail a robust IT infrastructure without risking big investments but it should be adopted with caution as the businesses need a well-researched comprehensive cloud strategy completely aligned with the business process and the organizational interest. Any enterprise first needs to determine carefully the kind of cloud they will implement and what will work best for them before jump the gun.
With its extensive experience, Webmatrix Technologies understand the nature of the business and devise a cloud strategy based on the business requirements of the organization and implement personalized, scalable and highly efficient cloud solutions for its clients.