When cloud computing comes to mind, there is always the idea of some cloud hanging over us with a lot of items ready to shower upon us and make life more confusing, right? Actually, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence over the internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. So, going back to a cloud hanging over us is pretty accurate. There is this image of a cloud with all these types of services stored in it, ready to network anywhere via the internet and save your business money and make it more efficient than ever before. You will typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping to lower your operating costs, and run your infrastructure more efficiently, with the ability to scale as your business needs change.
Top Benefits of Cloud Computing
There are several models of cloud computing, this is generally described in one of two ways. Either based on the deployment model, or on the services your cloud provider is offering. There are four types of cloud computing based on models, namely: private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud and community cloud.
- community cloud
Many types of cloud have evolved based on services.
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
- Platform-as-a-Service abbreviated as PaaS
- Software-as-a-Service also known as SaaS
- Storage, Database, Information, Process, Application, Integration, Security, Management.
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Types of Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS, Serverless, and SaaS
Most cloud computing services fall into four broad categories that will help your business grow within this service of the cloud: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), serverless, and software as a service (SaaS). These are sometimes called the cloud computing stack as they are essential to know about and have. They often will build on top of one another. Knowing what they are and how they differ from one another makes it easier to accomplish your business goals.
Another crop of emerging cloud technologies and services relates to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These technologies build machine capable of learning, enabling systems to mimic human understanding and respond to changes in data to benefit businesses and organizations.
Uses of Cloud Computing
At some point during the day, each one of us is using a cloud service that helps us in some sort of way. We just don’t realize it. If you use an online service to send email, edit documents, watch movies or TV, listen to music, play games, or store pictures and other files, it’s likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The first cloud computing services are barely a decade old, but already a variety of organizations—from tiny startups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits—are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons.
Adopting the Cloud
So, you’re ready to take on the cloud and make it part of your business, but you are not sure quite how to handle that? Well, here are a few tips to make a great deployment of the cloud services into your business.
- Consider the entire cloud journey – make sure you are on board to follow the entire journey of the cloud deployment and that you will understand where each service will need to be implemented so that the business has what it needs and not some service that is not pertinent.
- Plan your cloud adoption in stages – it will not be completed overnight, but will take some time, even years, to deploy your cloud services into your business fully with all your apps and systems that you will need and want, so plan the stages out carefully and follow them accordingly.
- Understand your cloud business case – make sure you understand why you are adopting the cloud strategy and what it will do for you. Many businesses will adopt cloud strategy and not know why they did so. This hurts your planning and causes a lot of downtime.
- Identify potential cloud adoption problems – there will definitely not be a 100%, right out of the gate deployment of the cloud into your business, but rather some hiccups in the road in doing so, and that is where you need to prepare and protect your data from being lost and make sure you know where the adoption problems will and might occur.
- Evaluate your cloud adoption strategy over time – as your cloud services are implemented and adopted, look at how they are working and if they are meeting your business needs and fulfilling what your customers want and need. This is a crucial step in the adoption process of the cloud service as this will help you to determine if you need to go back anywhere and work on implementing anything else that might help the business.
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