Everybody seems to be excited about Cloud Computing these days. You hear about “the Cloud” just about everywhere, from television to printed ads to the Internet. It seems as if every company is moving to the cloud in some way. Why is this? What are the new benefits of cloud computing that are causing this shift? The article will examine and discuss a handful of these.
Before we dive into the benefits of using the cloud, let’s take a moment to define it.
What is the cloud? There are different iterations of it, but the simplest way to look at it is the same way one would look at a utility. It is the delivery of computing as a service, with shared resources, software, and information provided to computers and other devices over a network. The utility analogy comes in looking at it in the same way as electricity is delivered by a provider over electrical lines to homes.
The end user does not need to know about the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. The only concern is having access to the services being offered.
As stated earlier, there are different iterations of the cloud. Clouds can be private, providing their services to one company and one company only. They can also be public, whereby multiple companies access the resources of the cloud through an access provider. A hybrid cloud is a combination of the public and private models, designed to allow data and application portability between the public and private portions of the cloud. Lastly, there is the community cloud, where the cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and the resources support a specific community.
With the cloud defined, what are some of the new benefits that the cloud provides that would drive businesses to use it? While many exist, the most important ones are presented as follows:
The cloud is changing the way the world looks at Information Technology (IT). By taking advantage of the cloud, the benefits noted above can be reaped.
Note that other benefits exist as well, and that those listed here are a sampling and the key points. Readers should also be aware that for every benefit, there is usually a drawback. While the cloud offers great promise, anyone looking to make use of the cloud should research it thoroughly, including any issues that may come along with using it.
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