Compete in the Digital Age with Cloud Computing
Compete in the Digital Age with Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a driving force in the innovation of many enterprises, and with so many benefits, it is tranforming the Digital Age.
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As the Digital Era is enhancing and advancing, it is getting closer to people in their day-to-day lives. Our generation has to face constant competition due to the various innovations rolling out in the IT industry. Every single thing is becoming technology-based and there are new developments for the needs that exist and upcoming needs. The evolution is evident and caters to the various needs of the human beings. One such innovation which changed the world is cloud computing.
Cloud Computing – Past and Present
Cloud computing was a term was coined in 1961 by John McCarthy as it was his concept to make computers the fundamental of IT industry. Later in 2006, cloud computing emerged and then the round of talks began on its power of revolutionizing the IT industry.
Cloud computing refers to the information and resources sharing via the internet network and this information is saved on the cloud server, provided by the cloud computing service vendor. But, cloud computing is not simply related to easy access and storage; there is much more to it. It comprises of various online services, and now we can have anything as a service.
Conventionally, there were only three basic models: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service. But, as I said earlier, now we can avail anything as a service.
So, you need to know how cloud computing helps you.
Several benefits are there if you use cloud computing. It helps the organizations by reducing costs, recovering data, increasing flexibility, and scalability. Recovering your data is a quick and smooth task. Let us see the advantages in a bit depth.
Reduced Costs – As there will be no physical servers to maintain and handle, of course, this reduces the costs of software, hardware, and infrastructure. These things are taken by the cloud service provider. The saved costs can further be invested to grow other segments of the organization.
Disaster Recovery Options – A recent study has found out that you can recover the lost data in 24 hours as 72% people have experienced. There were 62% of non-cloud users who had lost all their data and if they got a recovery, it wasn’t complete. Further, cloud computing also provides security and there are several innovations in this field. Your data is backed up regularly, protected, and kept safe. Also, it reduces downtime and makes sure your business runs smoothly.
Efficient Collaboration – You can share your files or data with the people across the world. Through cloud computing, your contractors, employees, and everyone else of your organization can have access to the information you share. It has become more flexible and quicker than the typical conventional method.
Scalability Feature – Any business cannot have a similar requirement for resources throughout the month and year. It differs as per the workload of the organization. Cloud computing allows the organization to scale their resources to meet their requirements at that time, which is not possible on the traditional server. Besides this point, the hardware installation cost is expensive but when you use cloud computing; your service provider takes care of all these things.
Flexibility Feature – With the help of cloud computing, you have the ease of access for your data through smartphones, laptops, or tablets. Also, if your business needs more bandwidth, then the service provider can meet these requirements quickly and this helps in avoiding delays.
Eco-Friendly Feature – Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility and running IT businesses creates a major amount of carbon footprints. We should try to reduce these carbon emissions. If you use cloud computing services, you can contribute to the reduction of carbon footprints. Now, this can be a win-win situation for you and the environment. The carbon footprints have reduced by 30% since the use of cloud computing.
What the Future Holds
Since 2011, there is no turning back for the cloud computing industry. From a study conducted by Cisco, over 83% of all the data would be managed by clouds in the coming three years. Gartner’s study shows that over 30% of the top 100 largest vendors will be doing new investments on the "cloud-only" approach. Earlier it was "cloud-first" approach. Gartner also predicts that the growth in the cloud in the service area of infrastructure and compute will become mainstream. This adoption of the services is going to increase by rapid rates. By 2020, the IT industry will be spending more than 60% of the budget on cloud-based infrastructure. You can understand the reasons for the crazily high number of investments. Moreover, there can be an investment of 162 billion dollars in the financial year of 2020.
In addition to the needs, there is a rising demand to migrate infrastructure to the cloud. Also, the workloads which are intensively compute-dependent like analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT are contributing to the growth of the cloud computing arena. These technologies are taking the world by storm.
The users of traditional servers are going to drop to only 43% by the end of 2018. This major shift is occurring on the basis of several benefits which cloud computing provides over the traditional servers. Cloud computing will always have an upper hand because of its efficiency, easiness, scalability, and flexibility which offers a hassle-free service.
The only crucial concern remains is the security. As the technologies are getting vast, so are the chances and methods of the hackers. The cyber-attacks headlines on bigger organizations are doing the rounds every year. Due to these cyber threats and attacks, many are still in a dilemma of choosing the correct infrastructure. But, worry not! The rise of SOC (Security Operations Centers) is a ray of new hope. The fully managed security services helps in sorting out the security threats. The Security Insight Services package is a complete set running under the Security Operations Center. Your business can be completely protected from different kinds of attacks and the disaster recovery solutions can recover your data seamlessly, in case of any incident of cyber-attack.
Cloud computing with fully managed security services is the future. There are going to be several technological and technical improvements as the need arises. After all, the world's connectivity is going to enhance and increasing number of data centers will be catering to these demands.
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