For several years now, Cloud Computing has been central to many IT projects. This is why we have chosen today to discuss the top 5 advantages of Cloud Computing.
The Cloud helps to reduce investment in technological infrastructures, optimizes flexibility, mobility, etc. In short, Cloud Computing simplifies use by helping to get rid of the constrains of a traditional computer tool (deploying and updating software, storage space, accessibility of data, etc.). Yet in concrete terms, what exactly is Cloud Computing? Before discussing the top 5 advantages, let’s take a quick look in our good old encyclopedia.
Definition of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing a remote service platform used to store information and execute applications. It lets you run services and data online by request via a simple internet connection.
The idea is to forward processing to an externalized infrastructure. It becomes useless to install software locally onto each user terminal or each company server. The features that are useful to a company can all be found online, and computing services only take care of setting up and administering these solutions.
Let’s now take a look at our top 5 main advantages to Cloud Computing:
Accessibility and mobility
One of the greatest advantages of the Cloud is the accessibility of resources (data, applications, etc.). Indeed, users can access their tools from anywhere, at any time and from any type of device (ATAWAD logic) as long as they are connected to the internet.
Since the data and applications are no longer stored locally, data will always be available, even if you lose access to your desktop or laptop computer. Also, you won’t lose any data in the event of a failure of your serves since the Cloud service provide will take care of backing them up.
Some of the primary services that have found success in the Cloud include email/calendar services (Office 365, Google Suite, Zimbra), ERP/CRMs (Salesforce, Sage, Oracle), IaaS services (Infrastructure as a Service, including Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure).
Thanks to Cloud Computing, services become completely flexible and can be adjusted at any time depending on the needs and business of your company. Your company can reduce or increase resources available, paying only for what it consumes.
Another advantage is that resources can be shared, so employees can work together on the same document, all in real time.
Your company will then become agile and gain flexibility, something that was impossible beforehand since setting these services used to require lots of infrastructures that you had to resize in advance and that weren’t very flexible or not flexible at all.
Updating and scalability
Another important advantage of Cloud Computing is that your service provider, in addition to taking care of maintenance, takes care of all updates of the service, which allows you and your employees to concentrate more efficiently on your assignments, your jobs, and at the same time, optimize your productivity.
Updates are automatic, cause no interruption to service and regularly provide new optimizations and new features.
Cloud Computing provides increased security compared with traditional and internal infrastructures in a company. Indeed, due to a lack of time, skill and budget, companies are having a harder and harder time fully ensuring security of their own IT system.
Cloud Computer guarantees this security by having the best security systems and services: data replication, Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), Business Continuity Plan (BCP), cyber-defense, the latest security technologies, implementing best practices, etc. Data confidentiality is guaranteed!
“But why?” you might ask. Simply because the security standards observed for data are stricter and more disciplined in your Cloud provider’s environment. Also, for them, the security of your data is priority number one, since a breach or alteration of its client’s data would cause them irreparable damage.
The last advantage we’ll mention in this article is that Cloud Computing allows for greater control of costs relating to your IT infrastructure. Indeed, your company can adjust the resources allocated to its infrastructure depending on its needs by increasing or decreasing the resources available.
By subscribing to Cloud Computing offers, your company pays only for what it consumes (Pay as You Go). Finally, the company no longer has to deal with costs relating to maintenance and renewing computer equipment (servers, computers, etc.). With the Cloud, subscribing companies can considerably reduce their IT investments (costs relating to CapEX) and optimize their operational and business costs (OpEX).
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