What is Cloud Computing?

Author: Tom Pawlik
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Simply put, the term “cloud computing” refers to data processing services delivered by technology providers through the Internet.

Businesses utilize vast amounts of data from sales, customers, internal operations and employees. But maintaining this data and keeping it secure on-premises requires a significant investment in IT hardware and infrastructure. And because of this, many businesses pay outside technology providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) to manage their data as a service through the Internet. This allows businesses to focus on their core competencies.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

There are many benefits of cloud services as opposed to maintaining an in-house datacenter.

Lower Operational and Capital Expenses

First, the costs of setting up and maintaining an onsite datacenter can add up quickly. Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense for equipment and software as well as the operational budget for the utilities and IT personnel needed to keep it all running. Instead, you can realize significant savings by paying your cloud provider only for the services you use.

Flexibility

Migrating your data management to the cloud gives your business access to the newest technologies that can help you innovate, develop new products and go to market faster. Cloud providers offer infrastructure services, storage, databases, AI, analytics, and more. Paying for the resources you need when you need them gives you the flexibility to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. This allows you more freedom to experiment and test new ideas that can transform your business and keep you ahead of the competition.

Scalability

Additionally, cloud computing can help you scale your business quickly and expand into new markets. Major cloud service providers like AWS have established infrastructures across the globe, so deploying a new application or setting up a new location just takes a few clicks.

Reliability

Your business data is invaluable, so you need the most reliable technology available to manage it. Cloud computing eliminates the hassle of maintaining your own datacenter. Reputable cloud providers are responsible for keeping their infrastructures updated with the latest equipment and disaster recovery systems. Your data can be backed up and mirrored in multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.

Security

Finally, good cloud providers have expertise in data security and can offer a comprehensive set of policies and controls along with the latest technologies to will help protect your data and infrastructure from potential threats.

Common Uses of Cloud Computing

Let’s look at some common cloud computing services that can improve productivity and efficiency.

Data Storage, Back-up and Recovery

Transferring your data to a cloud storage system can make it more accessible from any web-enabled location or device. Cloud providers also offer tight security protocols as well as multiple back up facilities and sophisticated recovery services.

Analytics

Cloud providers can help you consolidate and analyze data across your various business departments and locations. Utilizing AI tools and machine learning, your teams can uncover insights to help make more informed business decisions.

Communications

Communication is the key to business success. Cloud services can provide high-definition video and audio to help you stay better connected with your teams and customers from any device and location.

Testing and development

Cloud providers also offer easy access to testing environments which can significantly reduce software development costs and time to market.

Choosing the Right Partner

Making the move to cloud is not a task to be undertaken lightly. There are many factors to consider and options to weigh. Third-party vendors like InterVision can help simplify and streamline the process. If you are considering migrating your business to cloud, visit our website or call one of us at 844-622-5710 for a free consultation.

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