Cloud computing is one of the latest and the biggest shifts happening in the IT industry. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) define Cloud Computing as:
“A model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.”
What Cloud Computing means for Modern Business
According to Gartner in the modern IT industry is seeing increased expenditure in Cloud-based technology, due to a preference for greater flexibility, ease of integration and network accessibility provided by Cloud Computing via Internet.
SMEs are more readily adopting cloud technologies, with cloud-enabled businesses experience ease and opportunities from the investment. Larger enterprises are also getting comfortable on putting their mission critical applications on the cloud, either as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS). This infrastructure can be deployed as a Private, Public, Community or Hybrid Cloud.With Cloud computing, the modern business now has the freedom to concentrate on Business goals and needs, and avoid the risk and expense of setting up IT infrastructure in-house (avoiding all the challenges of varied systems, tools and server management), as this is now taken care with specialist providers of Cloud Computing such as Amazon, AT&T, Google and Microsoft. Businesses can expand much more rapidly, thanks to the instant availability of infrastructure via the Cloud. Modern businesses can now optimize their application performance in a very short time and on the fly via techniques such as horizontal scaling and virtualization which are readily available via Cloud Computing.
Migrating services to the Cloud as they can choose measured services and as per their requirements. This helps them to use only those types of services and in certain quantity as and when required. Organizations now don’t have to invest large sums in maintaining and understanding infrastructure systems and techniques, and can upgrade or downgrade the services used to save costs without needing to worry about maintenance.
Data security is now provided as part of the services from the Cloud Computing expert providers. Quick provisioning of services via Cloud Computing providers has made possible for Modern Business to redefine or change its architecture rapidly. Modern Business can now stay ahead and respond appropriately to competitors challenges that they can adapt quickly and efficiently to their data architecture needs.
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