Cloud computing has already made its mark in this ever changing IT industry, and has proved the reason for its sustenance; It has made a name for itself and will continue to provide opportunities to reduce cost and enhance services. Cloud computing can be described as computing based on the Internet where large numbers of computers are connected in real time.The term generally refers to network-based services which are provided by real server hardware, served up by virtual hardware, with software running on one or more real machines. Before Cloud computing came into play, everyone was fully dependent on physical computer storage and servers for their programs to run.
However, with the introduction of cloud computing people, and business enterprises as well, can now access their programs through the cloud. It is rapidly growing in popularity and meeting the demands of fairly small business enterprises. Currently, 80% of companies worldwide are leveraging its benefits in 2014 and the remaining 20% will likely join in some fashion by 2015; This is regardless of how much hardware they currently own and use. By the end of 2014 the value of cloud services will increase from $16.5 billion in 2009 to $55.5 billion. The annual growth rate of cloud computing is nearly 5 times that of IT Services in general.
The foundation of Cloud Computing is not only shared services and shared resources, but also On-Demand Self Services. This allows mid-size companies to lessen their infrastructure cost and and allows them to pay more attention on their projects to get their applications running faster with enhanced features and less maintenance to meet fluctuating business demands. The Cloud enables on-demand access to a pool of resources such as servers, networks, applications, storage and services.
Let’s highlight some of its features to understand what Cloud Computing offers as so many businesses are making the transition:
- On-Demand Self Service
- Extensive Network Access
- Shared Resources
- Swift Flexibility
- Consistent and Measured Service
Cloud Computing has already made its mark and is quite popular in many different industries (e.g., Healthcare); This is readily apparent when one thinks about what the IT Sector requirement are, and to fulfill them without investing in any new infrastructure, training any new personnel or licensing any new software. Cloud Computing will definitely grow in years to come and will continues to dominate, thrive and emerge as a leading technology.
Cloud Computing offers different kind of services including Platform As a Service (PAAS), Software as a Service (SAAS), Hardware As a Service (HAAS), and Infrastructure As a Service (IAAS). Cloud Computing also offers other services like Security, Testing as a Service, Storage, Management, Database, Process, Integration, etc.
These different types of Cloud Computing services can be described as follows:
- SaaS – This serves as the most popular platform consisting of software packages hosted by a public or private network.
- PaaS – This comprises of web servers, databases and development tools in a package providing access to the software.
- IaaS – This takes into account the remote storage, extended networks and virtual servers. It limits the expenses made over hardware upgradation and maintenance
- Others – These include Storage as a service (STaaS), Security as a service (SECaaS), Data as a service (DaaS), Test environment as a service (TEaaS), Desktop as a service (DaaS) and API as a service (APIaaS).
Despite newer cloud services like database as services and testing as a service, SAAS continues to be number 1 in 2013 with 55% majority respondents when it comes to Cloud Services. The second most popular choice is IaaS with 34% , while only 12% of respondents use Data-center as a service, and only 11% use Collaboration as a service.
Cloud Computing provides huge benefits for Business mainly:
Limited Expenses: It helps companies save money as lesser or negligible expenditure is made on storage, hardware, servers and other infrastructure. It cuts down the need to hire for maintenance. It also allows Measured Service i.e. to pay only for duration used and plan opted.
Heed to priorities: Cloud Computing allows businesses to pay more attention to their core business rather than on physical maintenance of their infrastructure. Now priorities can be decided on what demands more urgency without being worried over the technical issues since applications will now run over the internet.
Enhanced Performance: The most important benefit that Cloud Computing provides is the automatic updating of the software and applications. It is distributed in operation and allows personnel to work from off-site locations, which also increases performance.
Security Support: Cloud Computing enforces strong and reliable security options. It prevents unauthorized access and modifications in the data. Cloud Computing assures safe data despite any on-site physical infrastructure failure.
Cloud Computing is a game changer in this mutable IT Industry and has revised the ways of Industry; It has brought a notable shift in Business Computing ways.
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