The Cloud offers many beneficial functions to a business’ computing capabilities. But, after all, what is The Cloud and how can it help us?
The Cloud is an alternative way to host services and store data. Using Cloud Computing, these platforms can be hosted over the internet by a provider such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform.
These are examples of public Cloud hosting, hosted by the aforementioned third-party providers. For those who want more security, private Cloud hosting is available. This offers the same great services, but can be hosted from the business’ premises, meaning that you know where the data is being stored and isn’t somewhere outside of the European Union’s data protection.
Rather than having physical computers with all of your business’ data saved to it, this can be saved onto the Cloud. This both allows you to access your data from anywhere with a network connection and provides a backup, ensuring that you don’t lose any important work.
This can also have the benefit of reducing company costs by removing the need to buy and maintain energy consuming hardware and sourcing software solutions to fit your requirements.
Two of the most common Cloud services are IaaS and SaaS.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the hosting of virtual machines with dedicated purposes. A common use would be to host a file server to have an accessible storage of documents.
Software as a Service (SaaS) pertains to software being hosted online and which is provided to those who pay a subscription to access the program. A good example of this is Dropbox, a cloud storage application which has paid subscriptions depending on the amount of storage space required.