Let’s even begin this by trying to understand what cloud computing is really all about. For someone who is not so familiar with IT jargons, the term cloud computing can sound very huge and confusing. But it need not be. It’s not like some scientists built a physical something, massive, some 56,000 off sea level (into the sky) where everything goes into. No. Cloud computing simply refers to the automated process of shared computing resources, as against when you or your organization had to acquire the servers or personal devices to handle applications. Think about it this way, the word “cloud” here is a metaphor which simply refers to the internet.
The goal of cloud computing or cloud services is to offer individuals customers or organizations server, storage, and application tools that an individual customer or organization can gain access to or use anytime, anywhere and of course on any kind of internet enabled devices.
Cloud computing or cloud service has fundamentally transformed how individuals and businesses procure, deploy and or manage their IT resources. The more cloud services gain momentum, the more the initial cost of launching your startup decreases, and of course enabling you and other entrepreneurs to spend less, while achieving more and faster results.
There are different types of cloud services that are offered by different companies; such as the Microsoft Onedrive and Azure cloud services, Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud and many more. The one that you eventually choose depends on your particular need. But why should you start using cloud services? Do consider the following:
For your seamless application deployments
Cloud services have been designed basically, to allow for seamless deployment of your applications, to ensure that it stays running without interruptions from crash or failure. For example, with the Microsoft Azure cloud services, you can develop, you can package, and you can deploy heavy applications and services, from 1 to 1000 in just few minutes. Once your application deployed on Azure, that’s it, Azure will handle the rest, such as provisioning, load-balancing, and even health monitoring and you do not need to do anything else. This is really powerful. The Google cloud platform will help you to create and deploy whatever, from your simple websites to any heavy applications. You don’t need your own infrastructure like servers anymore, everything will run on Google’s multibillion dollars infrastructure; plus, you can have access to on-the-go support that only Google can offer. What beats that?
The right environment for products (or apps) testing before release
With cloud services, you are provided with the right environment to test new product releases where it does not have to interfere with your existing ones.
The Microsoft’s Onedrive, for example, offers you the right space to store, view, or share everything that is important to your life and work – files, videos, pictures, etc from one single location irrespective of the kind of internet enabled device that you are using.
Backup and share facility
Dropbox provides you with the right environment to backup, view and share all of your files, anytime and anywhere using any internet enabled device.
Control over your document
Cloud service grants you unrestricted access and control over your document.
No worries about faulty hardware
With cloud services you absolutely never again have to worry about repair of defective hardware, and you don’t even bother anymore about network problems.
Cloud computing offers flexibility, automatic software update, increased collaboration, the ability to work from anywhere.
And finally, among individuals and SMEs, cloud computing has become tremendously popular. Where in the past, you needed a physical computer or server to run your applications or test your software, cloud computing allows you now to do all of that through the internet, reducing your cost of deployment or testing. You should already be using cloud service today. If you have not already made the switch, you need to seriously consider using cloud.