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Let Your Business Soar High With Cloud Computing

Implementation of cloud computing is gaining impetus day by day and changing the all aspects of businesses, whether large or small. According to Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends,

Cloud computing will affect the business decisions through 2015 and in the next three years.

Cloud computing has emerged as the most reliable solution for protecting the data and files from theft, intrusion, virus and phishing attacks, disaster that might occur in the future, and infected data drives. Moreover, this technology renders the businesses free from the worries of accessibility, maintaining regular data backups, hardware maintenance, and daily software updates.

Crux of Cloud Computing

Simply put, Cloud computing is the use of internet to compute i.e. store, manage and process data and getting maximum benefits from the distantly placed specialized servers and related services. The term “Cloud” means a location on Internet where you put all your data files, applications etc.

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Cloud computing services can be grouped into the following three categories: PaaS, SaaS and IaaS

  1. PaaS or Platform-as-a-Service: It is a cloud-based service which enables a hardware owner (such as a server owner) to let other users or organizations to use his hardware fully or partially via the cloud to develop, run and manage their applications. Few examples of this type of service include Google App Engine, OpenShift etc.
  2. SaaS or Software-as-a-Service: This allows you access applications software via Internet without installing it on your local system or hardware. Few examples of this type of service include QuickBooks Cloud, Microsoft office 365 etc.
  3. IaaS or Infrastructure-as-a-Service: It allows an infrastructure owner to let other users or organizations to rent his infrastructure such as servers, storage via the cloud. Few example of this service are Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine.

Why to plunge into the sea of Cloud computing?

The demand of Cloud computing is increasing day by day for both personal as well as business purposes. Following reasons are responsible for the tremendous increase in the demand of this technology:

Cloud Security
  1. Security: Once you entrust your business to cloud, you can sit and relax as all your important data is stored in a very secure environment in a number of distantly based servers. The cloud service provider ensures a high level of security with redundant backups, threat and firewall protection to your data so that you never lose your data.
Global Access

2. Global Accessibility: Cloud computing enables its users to access the data and information from anywhere on the globe and at any point of time that increases collaboration with your team members. You can access your data anywhere — home, office or even on the move. Thus you no longer remain confined to your office or personal computer. You just need and Internet connectivity to access the data from the Cloud.

Affordable

3. Cost Reduction: Cloud computing lets you save the CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) and OPEX (Operating Expenditure). With this technology, you save a lot of money as you do not have to spend on purchasing infrastructure hardware and software, and also on managing the team of IT experts. Due to the savings which cloud computing yields in the long run, more and more businesses are shifting towards this technology in order to strengthen their economy.

Ease to Use

4. Technical Efficiency: Maintaining the data and servers on-site, is very tough as compared to maintaining the same on the cloud. Cloud computing eases the task of documents and hardware management because it simplifies the application set-ups, provision of virtualized infrastructure and resources. For example, in case of managed VPS, your service provider is solely responsible for server support, maintenance and upgrades.

Business Continuity

5. Disaster Recovery: Your crucial data is not affected by the physical conditions of an organization, man made mistakes or natural disaster because the data servers are based in different geographical locations. Cloud computing eliminates chances of expensive service stoppage and let you resume your business operations as they were before the disaster.

Cloud computing has a lot of benefits to offer. Those mentioned above are only a few important ones. In order to enjoy the benefits of this technology, you actually need to adopt this technology to save money and to make your business more flexible.

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