Cloud computing is something everyone has heard about. The problem is that most people have no idea what it is all about. Let's have a look at that in this article.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computing power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.
The Basics of Cloud Computing
Regardless of your needs, a cloud computing platform will give you rapid access to a flexible and low-cost set of IT resources. There is no large up-front investment when you utilize cloud computing. You are able to access whatever resources you need almost instantly and only pay for what you actually use.
How Cloud Computing Works
Cloud computing provides a simple way to access servers, storage, databases and a broad set of application services via the Internet. A Cloud services platform such as Amazon Web Services, Azure of others owns and maintains the network-connected hardware required for these application services, while you provision and use what you need via a web application.
Six Advantages to Cloud Computing
- Trade capital expense for variable expense
Instead of having to invest a large sum of money in data centers and servers before you know exactly how you’re going to use them, you can only pay when you consume computing resources, and only pay for how much you consume. This not only saves time but a great deal of money as well. This can be the difference between testing a project's viability or passing on it completely.
- Benefit from massive economies of scale
By using cloud computing, you can achieve a lower variable cost than you can get on your own. Because usage from hundreds of thousands of customers is aggregated in the cloud, providers can achieve higher economies of scale which translates into lower pay as you go prices. You are essentially sharing the more expensive resources with other customers.
- Stop guessing capacity
Cloud computing will eliminate guessing on your infrastructure capacity needs. When you make a capacity decision prior to deploying an application, you often either end up sitting on expensive idle resources or dealing with limited capacity. Cloud computing makes these problems go away. You can access as much or as little as you need, and scale up and down as required with only a few minutes notice.
- Increase speed and agility
In a cloud computing environment, new IT resources are only a click away, which means you reduce the time it takes to make those resources available to your developers from weeks to just minutes. This results in a dramatic increase in agility for the organization since the cost and time it takes to experiment and develop is significantly lower. Your projects will get done more rapidly and with more efficiency.
- Stop spending money on running and maintaining data centers
Focus on projects that differentiate your business, not the infrastructure. Cloud computing lets you focus on your own customers, rather than on the heavy lifting of racking, stacking and powering servers. This greatly simplifies your business model.
- Go global in minutes
Easily deploy your application in multiple regions around the world with just a few clicks. This means you can provide a lower latency and better experience for your customers simply and at minimal cost. Your applications will work better all across the world.
Does This Make Sense for Your Business?
Now that you have a better understanding of cloud computing and what it can do, it is time to decide if this makes sense for your business. If you need help with that decision, The Web Scientists has consultants who are experts in cloud computing and can help you analyze the cost vs. benefits of switching to the cloud today. Our developers are skilled at developing applications that leverage the cloud computing capabilities. Get in touch with us and we will show you exactly how we can help you save money!