What is Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing: Its Meaning, Features, And Benefits

Cloud Computing is the on-demand availability and delivery of various computing resources like databases, servers, data storage, networks, and others via the internet on a pay-as-you-use model. Rather than accessing data from locally stored disks and drives, you can access it from any time and any location on the cloud.  

It offers a way to backup data and has recovery off-site. It is storing and accessing data on the internet instead of a computer’s drive. Instead of buying and monitoring physical data centers and servers, you can access computing power and storage on-demand basis from the cloud.  

Features  

  • Virtualization– Cloud computing relies on storage and server virtualization for allocation of resources  
  • Multi-Tenancy– Resources are measured and shared to multiple users in real-time for achieving economies of scale  
  • Network access– Network resources get accessed via various devices logged into the network  
  • On-Demand availability– There is on-demand availability of data and resources provisioned through pre-defined configurations  
  • Metering– Resource usage tracked and billed accordingly 

Benefits  

Lowered Cost:  you get to pay only for the cloud service you choose to use. Hence there is a massive shift from CAPEX to OPEX model of pricing, thereby reducing costs. Not only that, there is a massive reduction in on-premise infrastructure investment.  

High Speed: Huge amount of computing resources are provisioned in minutes, increasing the speed and letting off the pressure from capacity planning.  

Higher productivity: A lot of racking and stacking are involved in on-premise data centers, which involves hardware setup, patching up of systems, and many other routine tasks which take away a lot of productive time of the IT team. Moving to the cloud helps solve this problem.  

Performance: Network latency is significantly reduced on the cloud owing to massive cloud computing services running on a global network of data centers which gets frequently upgraded to the latest and fast versions of computing hardware.  

Agility: The cloud provides you access to a wide array of technologies so that you can innovate and build faster. The time from ideation to implementation of technology services is reduced, providing you the freedom to test and experiment and improve your customer experience.  

Global deployment: With the cloud, you can expand to new geographics and deploy globally at scale. You can locate applications close to your end-users, thereby reducing latency multiple times.  

Higher Security: The reputed cloud providers like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud employ the best practices in security and use the best tools and technologies. You can leverage the security features of the best companies with the cloud. 

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