10 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Definition of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is about using the internet to store and access data and deliver services over the internet using economies of scale, elasticity, mobility and faster innovation and time to market for businesses small, medium and large. Computing and data processing infrastructures become a commodity for ease of use without sacrificing the sovereignty of the data. 

Many businesses have embraced cloud adoption as they see the benefits over on-premise systems. A watershed year for cloud computing was 2020 when 61% of businesses migrated to the cloud. Public cloud computing is estimated to be worth $800 billion by 2025. Business are adopting cloud infrastructure because they see many benefits and few disadvantages as they migrate to the cloud. Here are 10 benefits of cloud computing.

Quick Deployment

Spin up resources in seconds, in multiple regions. With web-based controls and interfaces test new design architectures speedily. Software can be more easily tested and deployed than with on-premise using agile methods like Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.

Data Security

While security issues may exist in a different way in the cloud, the infrastructure of the cloud has advanced online security features for monitoring against accidents and cybercrime. The tracking of events are logged and user access has granular permissions and access. 

Through charts and graphs one can monitor many aspects of the cloud infrastructure and activity. Notifications can alert companies to risks and opportunities to better their apps and systems. Encryption standards are in play or can be chosen to protect data at rest and in transit.

Control

In some ways the Cloud limits one’s control compared to on-premise systems but with the growth of options, the benefits have far outweighed the disadvantages of such constrictions. One can have fine control over all types of sensitive data.  Fine-grained control of users and the ability to log and display all events gives businesses confidence and the ability for collaboration with their data processes. 

Through clicks and web interfaces, or through a CLI (Command-line Interface) or through software, businesses can have a full control over their data processes. Agile and DevOps process can be more automated and more speedily processed.

Automation

The cloud can automate many manual processes. It makes it easy to keep up-to-date software versions, upgrades to servers and automatic software integration. It can automate computer processing power and facilitate feedback loops through DevOps automation.

Mobility

The Cloud facilitates data mobility where workers can access the cloud from home, on Holiday, or commuting. The Cloud can be accessed from smartphones on the go. This makes more flexibility and innovation possible. 

There is also business mobility where business can adapt quickly to change in the markets or in the adoption of new technologies. Business mobility may also mean choosing between the processes of private and public clouds. 

Collaboration

Workers in remote locations can work on projects in the cloud more easily than on-premise. Sharing data can have security processes such as roles and permissions. User actions can be tracked making security even more fine-grained. More flexibility is in the cloud among developers, QA, product teams, etc. to work together.

Business Continuity

There is unlimited storage in the Cloud for backup and restore. The Cloud enables a business to more easily follow the regulations and compliance they need to. There are different options for Disaster Recovery due to natural disasters, power failures or a crisis where business can quickly restore their services and processes, especially critical systems.

Scalability

Businesses can stop guessing the capacity of their resources. The Cloud automates scalability, it can scale up and down as business needs demand. The elastic nature of the cloud means that the changing demands of much of the business processes can be automated. This may be the greatest advantage of the Cloud.

Reduced IT Costs

Pay-as-you-go use of resources means businesses don’t need to waste money on guessing how much infrastructure they need. It means energy consumption is not wasted, there are few time delays, and less need to pay expert staff. The Cloud reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) because there’s no need to invest in large infrastructure and teams.

Competitive Edge

The Cloud gives a strategic edge through it’s ease of use, automation, scalability and pay-as-you-go use of resources. That means faster time to market,  more room for innovation and a focus on customers instead of infrastructure. Vendor lock-in disadvantages are outweighed by the many benefits that give business a strategic edge when they embrace the cloud.

Conclusion

More businesses are recognizing cloud computing benefits and in finer detail. Many on-premise problems are eliminated in the cloud. Greater innovation is coming into play because a business can now focus on projects, applications, data and most of all their customers instead of dealing with infrastructure.

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