For many businesses before the pandemic hit, data was stored on company servers that were physically present in some parts of the building. Then the pandemic hit and companies needed to shift to remote working. As more and more businesses become internet-enabled, the need for cloud storage becomes even more urgent.
According to Amazon, Cloud storage is a cloud computing model that stores data on the Internet through a cloud computing provider who manages and operates data storage as a service. It’s delivered on-demand with just-in-time capacity and costs and eliminates buying and managing your own data storage infrastructure. This gives you agility, global scale, and durability, with “anytime, anywhere” data access.
Cloud computing can be broken down into a number of different constituent elements, focusing on different parts of the technology stack and different use cases. They include:
- a) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) refers to the fundamental building blocks of computing that can be rented: physical or virtual servers, storage and networking. This is attractive to companies that want to build applications from the very ground up and want to control nearly all the elements themselves, but it does require firms to have the technical skills to be able to orchestrate services at that level.
- b) Software as a Service (SaaS) is the delivery of applications as a service, probably the version of cloud computing that most people are used to on a day-to-day basis. The underlying hardware and operating system is irrelevant to the end user, who will access the service via a web browser or app; it is often bought on a per-seat or per-user basis.
- c) Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. You purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access them over a secure Internet connection.
Many of the advantages of cloud computing are due to its flexibility and accessibility, though the benefits of moving to the cloud hardly stop there. Cost is one of the main reasons why businesses choose cloud-based IT. On-premise systems are often expensive from the get-go, between necessary hardware and implementation costs and continuous management and updating from in-house personnel. Also, implementing software on-premises can take months, if not years, of adjustment and re-adjustment as your company’s priorities and resources shift. his ease of implementation is primarily due to the reduced coding needed and the simple scaling and configuring capabilities of these programs.
Cloud-based services are an excellent choice for businesses that are experiencing continuous growth or that undergo fluctuations in bandwidth demands. By their nature, these internet-based services scale to your usage with little to no adjustment, giving businesses greater ability to take on greater workloads. Apart from being more secure than traditional data services, cloud computing is easier to update without incurring extra cost. It is also easy to access from any part of the globe with internet connection, making remote working easily achievable.
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