Cloud computing is Internet-based pay-per-use computing model for enabling the available, and on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources like servers, storage, applications, services etc. that can be swiftly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. A lot of it is automated so that human interaction is minimal.
It involves running computer/network applications that are on other servers using a simple user interface or application format.
In today’s fast paced tech-savvy world, cloud computing is creating a fundamental change in the way we store, distribute and consume information. Some argue that cloud computing is over hyped in the sense that it is only a different way to deliver computer resources, rather than a new technology, yet organizations cannot ignore its presence. It has definitely ushered a revolution in the way companies/enterprises provide information and service.
The cloud technology has many benefits that would explain its omnipresence in today’s world.
- Companies can save a lot of money by essentially paying for what it needs (and how much it needs as well) by following a pay-per-use model. Maintaining data storage within the organisation would mean buying servers which involves large cost for infrastructure. Often the storage capacity requires enhancement over a period of time. Hence, moving to Cloud would mean – elimination of cost associated with Server purchase and facility infrastructure, rather pay as per the requirement, which can be increased overtime as pay per use.
- Cloud computing eliminates expensive maintenance issues that cost the IT department both time and money which is extremely beneficial for any organizations, big or small. Again, the fact that a sizable share of the cost in IT operations comes from the administrative and management segments, automation of some of these functions will bring down the cost in a typical cloud computing environment. Automation ensures zero error as a result of which businesses makes huge profits.
- The cloud computing solutions offers enterprises to go green than the traditional IT as they require less in-office IT equipment. A green IT approach entails both energy efficiency and resource efficiency. Reducing the corporate carbon footprint have also been among the top most agenda among companies these days. Hence, many large data centers often have the resources to upgrade to energy-saving modes.
- Nowadays, many data centers are quickly running out of space. Thus companies are forced to build new data centers or pay a fortune to expand their existing data centers. Here again, cloud comes to the rescue as it proves to be more economical for companies to move their applications to a provider’s infrastructure than to pay a heavy price for a data centre expansion.
How is Cloud changing the way we look at things?
Cloud is everywhere, literally. It can bring about a considerable change in our day to day lives, be it in the field of education or healthcare.
Many healthcare organizations are using cloud services today as they allow health care providers move their storage and data processing units onto the Internet, provided that security concerns are well addressed.
Cloud based services are a boon in the education sector too. Digital content, which is readily available is also less expensive compared to costly text books. This helps even the lower-income students have access to quality learning. Resources like Byju’s classes help recreate the love and fun of learning too.
There are myriad difference of opinion regarding the cloud. However, the cost benefits of cloud services appears to be gaining popularity in today’s turbulent economy. Though at times, it may seem there is something ‘cloudy’ about cloud, but overall, this technology is here to stay so as to constantly impact today’s enterprise/business big time. In order to successfully migrate to the cloud, organizations just need to have a strategy in place, and be cognizant about any probable risks, and thus make a well-informed choice – the rest, as they say will fall in place.
Note: All the pictures have been taken from Google and this article was first written for an interview in SAP India. It has been slightly modified here.