The Real Business Value Add of Cloud Computing In cloud computing isyou are renting a service rather than buying a product. You simply pay for what you use – much like a utility service – and the technical side is all taken care of by the host vendors that supply the applications. The data and files you create are stored in ‘The Cloud’ (on the web) and accessed through an internet browser from any device in any location; not just your personal computer. This offers so many benefits to the small business owner in terms of accessibility, flexibility, security, cost, time, energy consumption, competitiveness and disaster recovery.
Accessibility and flexibility
The biggest advantage of cloud computing is the ability to access, modify and save files from any number of devices in any location. Normally, if something has been saved on a personal computer, you can only access the file from that particular computer. This is rather restrictive. Cloud computing opens this up, allowing you to access your files from any phone, tablet, laptop or computer – as long as there’s an Internet connection, you can use any of these devices to access and work on your files and data.
The Real Business Value Add of Cloud Computing is you can use cloud computing to share your files and collaborate with other people because the files are in one central location that anyone can access at any time from any location in the world. This offers much greater flexibility and accessibility, allowing the small business owner to work remotely and access any file he requires whilst on the go, thus increasing productivity, time-management, and competitiveness.
If you store all of your data on a laptop or mobile device, this information can be easily stolen and accessed on your computer device. However, if you use cloud computing instead, your laptop is merely a device through which you access and work on your applications – the data itself will not be stolen with the laptop because you require your user name and password to get into the cloud where your data is stored. Sure, it will still be really annoying if you have to replace your computer, but not as disastrous a situation if all of your work is lost or stolen as well.
In Cloud computing The Real Business Value Add of Cloud Computing is it is very affordable and you simply pay for what you need and what you use. If your business expands and you require more, you can pay for more. If you require less, you can scale down and pay for less, as and when required. Nothing is fixed – the flexibility of the cloud makes it an affordable, practical service for small business owners. Start-up costs are cheap, applications are quick and easy to access and customise – there’s no need to buy expensive software and hardware that you will only use occasionally or for a short period of time; you can simply pick and choose what you need, when you need it.
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Back-up in case of emergency
Similar to the security aspect of the cloud, disaster recovery is another excellent benefit. With greater security measures and resilience than you might otherwise be able to afford, should you lose your computer device, or it breaks or fails in some way, your data is secure because it is saved remotely in the cloud, and recovery times are almost 4 times faster for businesses using cloud computing when compared to those not utilising these services.
Types of cloud computing
In this type of cloud computing, service providers are the ones who are sought by businesses. The service provider is the one to make the applications, storage and other resources, and make them available to the general public, mainly over the Internet. Many businesses prefer a public cloud because of its ease of use and installation; they won’t set it up or install it, the provider will. There is also the added advantage of being inexpensive, particularly those who are operating within a tight budget. They no longer have to worry about investing on hardware and application, as well as bandwidth costs, since the service provider will have them all covered.
Cost efficiency is a bigger advantage in this type of cloud computing as you only pay what you actually use. There are no wasted resources, such as applications or storage that you are paying for but do not need or actually even using, because you will be given only what you need. Therefore, you will not be made to pay for those resources that you were not able to use to begin with.
As the name implies, this type of cloud is one that is managed by the business or the organization that uses it. Seeing as it is owned by the company, full control and customization is within the organization. The benefits are nearly the same as those that are obtained from a public cloud, except for the issue on ownership.It’s a different story when it comes to costs, however, since the company would have to allocate some of its resources to the payment of salaries and wages of personnel it will assign to manage the cloud. In some cases, the organization can even create a dedicated department or division to take charge of the job. There are also other expenses that will have to be incurred in cloud management, such as the cost of virtualization and other management tools that will be used by the personnel managing it.
This combines features of public and private cloud, so it involves the management and maintenance of internal as well as external providers. Aside from personnel employed by the business to manage the cloud, third party service providers are also called in. This is generally preferred by many businesses because of its flexibility, as workloads are allowed to be moved between the platforms, especially in the face of changes in the company’s computing needs and the costs incurred in managing the cloud.
Others employ what is known as “cloud bursting”, where an application or resource is allowed to run in-house (private cloud) at first. However, when the computing capacity must be increased, such as when there is a sudden spike of demand for it, it will “burst” into a public cloud. Some think this could be expensive but, as we all know of public cloud, companies will pay only for the resources they actually use.
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