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What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing involves using the internet for on-demand access to a wide range of IT services and resources.
IT needs can be covered by a cloud service provider without relying on software and hardware that are physically present within your local computer or network.
Examples of cloud computing include server access, remote storage, databases, networking, software applications, as well as business intelligence and analytics.
The term ‘cloud’ originated during the internet’s early days, when computer scientists drew puffy clouds to represent the complex networks forming the internet’s server-farms.
In this article, we’ll be exploring some of the key benefits of cloud computing.
Cloud computing makes significant capital savings possible. Companies no longer need to invest in expensive physical infrastructure and do not have to train dedicated personnel for the maintenance of local servers. Just consider the round-the-clock electricity and labour costs for powering,cooling and operating your own datacenter, and this benefit quickly adds up.
With massive amounts of computing resources typically just a few mouse clicks away, cloud computing provides companies with an unprecedented flexibility and lower pressure in relation to product capacity planning, as it reduces the time to market of applications and projects that need to scale dynamically.
Company employees, enabled by the flexible infrastructure of cloud computing, can contribute to company projects conveniently and securely, regardless of their time-zone and geographic location. The only requirement for cutting-edge mobile collaboration is a good internet connection.
When it comes to data-storage, cloud computing offers an unlimited and secure storage capacity, expandable at any time - depending on customisable business needs - with low-cost monthly fees. Damage or loss of critical company data becomes a worry of the past, as all vital data can be stored and backed-up remotely on the ‘cloud’.
For a company running an on-site datacenter, the operation is not only expensive but also extremely time-consuming. It requires regular IT management chores such as software patching and hardware setups. By using cloud computing services instead of spending time on maintaining a server, an in-house IT team is free to focus entirely on core company targets, increasing productivity and accelerating innovation.
Whether it is bandwidth allocation or data storage capacity, companies varying in goals and sizes do not have the same IT needs. The strategic competitive advantage offered by cloud computing depends on how easily companies can scale IT departments up or down, regionally or globally, in order to meet their specific market goals and targets with zero up-front investment.
Software or hardware updates can often cause compatibility problems that frequently interrupt company workflows. Cloud computing service providers automatically integrate the latest software and hardware within their services, allowing companies to focus on core tasks instead of constantly exerting additional resources to customise and integrate applications as needed.
At Smartape Solutions, our dedicated teams of developers provide software solutions that empower global businesses, helping them boost their in-house productivity and enabling them to offer better customer services and experiences. Send us a message to find out how we can help you optimise your IT project.