What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a technology paradigm that involves delivering computing services including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence over the Internet (known as the cloud) which provides innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. Cloud computing eliminates the need for organisations to own and maintain physical hardware and infrastructure, allowing them to access and use computing resources on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Cloud computing not only transforms the traditional IT landscape but also offers a range of benefits, making it an integral part of modern business operations.
The business benefits of cloud computing
Cloud services operate on a pay-as-you-go model, reducing upfront infrastructure costs. This flexibility allows businesses to optimise their spending based on actual usage.
Cloud resources can be easily scaled up or down to meet changing demands. This scalability ensures that businesses have the necessary computing power and storage capacity as their requirements evolve.
Users can access cloud services from anywhere with an internet connection. This accessibility promotes remote work, collaboration, and seamless integration across various devices.
Cloud service providers handle software updates and maintenance, ensuring that applications and systems are running on the latest versions. This frees up IT teams from routine tasks.
Cloud providers typically operate multiple data centres across different locations. This redundancy ensures high availability and reliability, minimising the risk of downtime.
Cloud services provide advanced security measures, including data encryption, identity management, and compliance certifications to enhance overall data security and privacy.
Cloud-based tools facilitate real-time collaboration among users, regardless of their physical location. This fosters efficient teamwork and information sharing.
Cloud computing optimises resource utilisation, leading to energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. By sharing resources among multiple users, cloud services contribute to a more sustainable IT infrastructure.
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