In this first post, we learn the fundamental basics of Cloud Computing, cloud characteristics and its advantages, different cloud implementation models, major cloud services providers in current market and different types of Cloud services offered by them.
Below topics will be covered in this post
- What is Cloud Computing
- Advantages of Cloud Computing
- Different Types of Cloud Services
- Different Types of Cloud Delivery Models
- Characteristics and Features of Cloud Computing
Advantages of Cloud Computing
Organizations which adapt Cloud Computing services can leverage following advantages based on the type of cloud services they utilize. Different types of Cloud services are discussed in next sections.
Agility for developing new applications – Cloud Computing allows Organizations to innovate faster because they can focus more on developing applications that differentiate business and transform customer experiences rather than managing infrastructure and data centers. Many Cloud Service providers offers fast access to a broad range of technologies such as compute, storage, databases, analytics, machine learning, and many other services on an on-demand basis. As a result, IT teams can quickly develop and roll out new applications to experiment and innovate more quickly and frequently. If an experiment fails, IT teams can always de-provision resources without any risk.
Elasticity on demand – Before cloud computing, Organizations had to over provision infrastructure to ensure they had enough capacity to handle business operations at the peak level of activity. But with Cloud Computing technology, Organizations can provision the amount of resources that they actually need and instantly scale up or down with the needs of the business. This reduces costs and improves Organizations ability to meet users’ demands.
IT Cost Savings – Cloud Computing technology allows the Organizations to trade capital expense (data centers, physical servers, etc.) for variable expense and only pay for IT as they consume. Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running the servers in datacenter, it saves the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, and the IT experts for managing the infrastructure.
Deploy applications at Global scale to provide better user experience – With the cloud computing, Organization can easily deploy applications in multiple physical locations around the world with just a few clicks. Thus providing a lower latency and better experience for customers simply and at minimal cost.
Improved Performance – The Cloud Computing services run on a worldwide network of secure datacenters, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate datacenter, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Enhanced Security – Many cloud service providers offer a broad set of policies, technologies, and controls that strengthen Organizations security strategy overall, helping protect data, apps, and infrastructure from potential threats.
Deployment at Speed – Cloud Computing technology offers self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks or couple of lines of code, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
Less Management, More Productivity – Unlike On-site datacenters, Cloud Computing does not require a lot of racking and stacking, hardware setup, software patching, and other time consuming IT management headaches. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
Reliability – Cloud computing provides data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solutions in much easier way and less expensive because data can be mirrored at multiple geographical redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
Audit and Compliance – Cloud Computing allows Organizations to audit and log every actions or clicks that has been performed on the various cloud services that are consumed by the Organization. This feature allows Organizations to monitor and manage the user access controls and risk management procedures.
Easy Integration (APIs) – Cloud Computing provides integration capabilities to connect with other locally built applications or Cloud based applications over internet. This feature helps organizations to quickly add value the changing business needs.