The Cloud Computing Business Revolution
The age of cloud computing
As 2016 ends, we find ourselves at the crux of a new cloud computing age which is inextricably linked with the Internet. Yes, cloud has taken center stage – and you are, in fact, its target user. Every time you install an app or live stream a video on Facebook, you’re engaging with the latest cloud technology. It has profoundly expanded what kinds of actions you can perform online.
Business cloud trends are seeing rapid evolvement, too. Whereas before all computing software would be tied into one computer or office server, cloud computing allows us to have applications updated from the backend and be continuously delivered to end users, even if they’re in the middle of a task. Many companies have gone fully cloud by transitioning their entire infrastructure. This all in an effort to offer better in-store services and cut risks. Hybrid cloud has its advantages, too. Data deployment is more flexible when there are a mix of off-premise, private, and third-party deployment options.
So, what else is it about the cloud that makes it just that irresistible?
Ease of security
With data stored in the cloud, if you lose hardware you needn’t worry about physical security risks. Instant access and cloud security protocol means you can prevent data from getting into the wrong hands with remote wiping. People always lose laptops and smartphones, but cloud protection makes the loss sentimental rather than dangerous.
Cloud computing data is usually only accessible by password, which should be strong and unguessable. In any case, if the system suspects your identity, the original user will be notified. This can happen when someone attempts log in from a different country or through an unusual server. Suspect users are automatically locked out!
Supporting remote workers
Cloud computing has significantly reshaped cross-country workforces, and widened capabilities for telecommuting businesses. As long as you have Internet, employees can work from anywhere, and at any time. Cloud technology has the capacity for full-time monitoring of work activity, which reassures employers that they’re operating at peak productivity – even if they’re hundreds of miles away.
The obvious perk is that businesses can accommodate workers who can balance their home/office lifestyle more to their liking, but it positively impacts business owners too. More remote employees means less office space, and workers manage their own hardware, such as their own personal laptops.
Smaller business owners can sleep well knowing that many cloud-based technologies have prerequisite recovery and backup solutions. Whilst off-site backups used to take time to retrieve data from storage, instant cloud recovery means you can be back up and running much faster, even eliminating the threat of shaky network configurations. Physical tapes and disk storage backups used to be costly, and were time consuming due to the time it took to write. Now, DR-managed services from vendors are part of the overall operating expense. In return, there are reductions in downtime and lower costs.
Capabilities for modular development
As well as facilitating small businesses, larger companies can plan more modular strategies rather than hierarchical ones, since cloud software models allow for easier interconnection between units. Simply put, because cloud-based technology facilitates better communication across smaller teams, reduces the risk of collapse across any single department since a whole host of servers are working at the same time.
Data travels in the blink of an eye, making it easier for any device to access it. This means international business has become much faster and easier. End users can access your web content faster by retrieving cached content from servers closest to them, rather than from the origin. And collective infrastructure costs can be shared through the cloud, too. Specific and bespoke private cloud systems can work with translators and proofreaders for multinational language requirements, for example, with added control over physical and digital servers, without the concern for time-zone overlap.