Cloud computing moves all your data from your desktop computer, laptop or mobile phone to huge computer clusters located in cyberspace. You can access them via just a browser on the web or app whenever you have an Internet connection.
For businesses, moving to cloud can help reduce the expense in hardware and infrastructure and paying only for the resources they use. It also frees up IT staff to work on more strategic projects. By eliminating the need to maintain and update internal systems, it enables companies to move faster in order to take advantage of business opportunities.
Significant advances in the field of distributed computing and virtualization together with the availability of high-speed Internet connections, have led to a surge in the demand for cloud computing. And for many organizations it’s the only way to keep up with demands from customers, and increase agility and expand.
There are three main types of cloud services:
Public cloud services are managed by a third-party provider and offer cost benefits, performance advantages and flexibility, including the ability to quickly increase or reduce capacity as needed. This model increases risks that require continuous, attentive management.
Private clouds are managed by the company and provide a better level of control, but this comes at the cost of extra complexity, costs and maintenance requirements. Utilizing the right tools and experience is essential to design, construct and manage a private cloud to meet business goals.