Cloud Computing is an emerging style of computing where applications, data, and resources are provided to users as services over the Web. The services provided may be available globally, always on, low in cost, ‘on demand’, massively scalable, ‘pay-as-you-grow’. Cloud computing is a technology that allows users to access software applications, store information, develop and test new software, create virtual servers, draw on disparate IT resources and more- all over the Internet.
In the last blog in the cloud computing series, we have seen the characteristics, and general description of types of clouds and services offered. Now, we shall see the 10 reasons why IT workload should be on Cloud.
- Rapid elasticity: Capabilities can be rapidly and elastically provisioned, in some cases automatically, to quickly scale out and rapidly released to quickly scale in. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to be unlimited and can be purchased in any quantity at any time.
- Location-Independent Resource Pooling: Computing resources are pooled to serve multiple users, with different virtual resources dynamically assigned according to user demand. The user generally does not know where the computing resources are located. There is a sense of location-independence in that the customer generally has no control or knowledge about the location where the services are located.
- Ubiquitous network access: Individuals can use standard network and Internet devices, including mobile platforms to access cloud resources. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed over the network
- Increased Collaboration: Cloud computing increases collaboration by allowing employees – wherever they are – to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously. According to the insights given by Forbes, 55% of those surveyed—87% of leaders—say that capabilities enabled by cloud-based solutions represent a true breakthrough in collaboration. Cloud-based collaboration tools enable a wide array of enhanced capabilities in areas such as communication, product and service delivery, information sharing, tapping knowledge resources and group problem solving
- Measured Service: Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service. Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported providing transparency for both the provider and the consumer of the utilized service.
- Document Control: Workers have to send the files back and forth via email, manually etc if a company doesn’t use cloud. This leads to a wastage of time. Cloud helps to keep the files in one location and helps to share and access whenever it is needed.
- Eco-friendly: Cloud computing is eco-friendly as enterprises use it to its full capacity. This helps in energy savings that could achieve without in-house servers, large data centers would see vast energy savings with a cloud-based system.
- On-demand service: Individuals can obtain computing capabilities such as server time or network storage on their own. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.
- Work from anywhere: Flexibility of work helps the employees to balance their work-life and this helps in increasing the productivity.
- Disaster recovery: It is a process of creating, verifying, and maintaining an IT continuity plan that is to be executed to restore service in the event of a disaster. Cloud protects and maintains the currency of vital records, provide provision for restoration of all IT services when possible and support the requirements of the critical application workload.