Business technology has made drastic improvements in the last decade. From the introduction of mobile internet to big data analytics, business operations are continuing to grow and improve.
One of those game changers has certainly been cloud computing. Cloud computing has transformed how companies use the Internet and their computer systems. 90% of businesses are now using cloud computing in some form.
The reason why the cloud has been so widely adopted is because of the many benefits it offers to companies that choose to implement it. With that in mind, here is an overview of just some of the ways the cloud is changing and has changed business operations for many companies.
Software as Service
One of the main uses of the cloud is software as a service. Traditionally, software had to be installed on the operating system of each machine that used it. This, of course, was time-consuming. When something went wrong with the software, it was usually the responsibility of expensive IT staff hired by a company to troubleshoot the problem.
The cloud has changed this dynamic entirely. Cloud powered software actually does not need to be installed at all. Instead, it is simply loaded directly through the internet. The software itself exists on the vendor’s end. Thus it is the vendor’s responsibility to install and maintain that software. It has changed software from a product business model into a service model. Instead of paying for downloads or install discs, businesses pay for the right to use that software for an allotted amount of time.
This has been a huge change for the computer industry. It has transformed Microsoft’s software business model to a cloud centered one. 80% of Fortune 500 companies use the cloud version of Microsoft Office.
Another big way the cloud is being implemented by businesses is via cloud hosting. With traditional hosting, all of a company’s files and data are stored on a specific number of servers. For example, a hosting company may offer dedicated hosting in which a company has one server allotted to them. In other cases, multiple companies may share the same server. This is not the case with cloud hosting. Conceivably, an unlimited number of servers and resources could make up a cloud network that hosts a company’s data.
This means cloud hosting services are scalable. As the needs of a company’s website expand in regards to traffic, the resources allotted to that website expand in accordance automatically. This means no downtime if traffic suddenly spikes.
Due to the redundant nature of this shared infrastructure, it also means that if one server goes down the data will not be lost. This is certainly not the case with traditional hosting methods. Something as mundane as a server overheating could wipe out all the data stored on that machine permanently. However, since the data is shared with more resources with cloud hosting, the chances of permanent data loss are very remote.
Cloud Powered Infrastructure
However, the cloud can go beyond hosting a company’s website. It can, in fact, host the company’s entire network and digital infrastructure. Many companies offering cloud services offer infrastructure as a service. It has been predicted that the cloud powered infrastructure as a service industry will expand in size to $173 billion per year by the year 2026.
This can allow companies without access to expensive IT staff to have first-rate infrastructure. It doesn’t matter if the company is based out of an extremely remote area, that infrastructure as a service could be transmitted by satellite internet to that location. The use of a VSAT, or Very Small Aperture Terminal, can make this possible.
The cloud is changing how companies use computers, software, the internet and digital infrastructure. The benefits of the cloud are clear. Investigate different ways the cloud could possibly benefit your company. You may find that it adds efficiency and slashes cost.