The term “cloud computing” is one of the most recurring buzzwords in technological expansion in recent times. You intentionally or accidentally encounter cloud storage and cloud computing on a daily basis, provided you are active in the online e-commerce domain.
To be more specific, most people take advantage of various online video calling facilities such as Skype or can get regular access to emails for business transactions, as well as for personal use through Gmail or Yahoo! Here you have access to data or resources that are in a cloud storage environment.
What is cloud computing?
In simple terms, cloud computing involves the provision of hosted services such as computing resources or data storage capacity on the Internet. The end user simply needs to have a computer and high-speed Internet access to connect to the cloud, where services and resources are shared.
Cloud computing, which paved the way for a paradigm shift in IT, is now widely used in many areas such as web-based software services, on-demand games, platform as a service, and so on. The cloud computing environment is very flexible as the applications or services are platform independent and also the storage space will also be in the cloud, eliminating the need to set specific task hardware.
These services are provided mainly in three forms such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). At the end of IaaS, users pay for resources such as servers and other infrastructure over a period of time. In the PaaS, the platform or system software is accessed from the cloud, while in the SaaS, the application software and databases are provided by the cloud service provider.
How does the cloud help your online business?
Developments in cloud computing as well as interest in this service are on the path to rapid growth as it is used by small and large enterprises on a large scale. Unlike traditional web hosting services, the cloud service is sold on demand and can be treated as a subscription-based one. This is very useful for SMEs (small medium-sized enterprises), which cannot afford to buy a large amount of storage space and hardware resources.
The cloud provider provides services and resources according to user requirements. It is also very easy and fast to use, as SaaS in cloud computing eliminates the need to install software on your hardware. You can save a lot of money because the cloud provides scalability, allowing you to scale up or down, using resources or data from the cloud, according to your needs. It also requires less staff, as maintenance, hardware and software tasks are minimal.
In this way, these services look promising from every point of view, whether for a large enterprise or a small online business.