Cloud Computing: What is the Cloud?

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Cloud Computing: What is the Cloud?

Have you ever heard the word cloud? No, it’s not about the “clouds” in the sky.

We’re talking about THE cloud or cloud computing. But what exactly is the cloud?

According to Wikipedia cloud computing or simply ‘The cloud’ is the on-demand availability of computer system resources including servers, data storage, databases, networking, software, and computing power without direct active management by the user.

On-premise vs Cloud

Not long ago, each business tends to have full-blown servers and data centers on-premise or locally in their offices. This tends to be reliable, secure and allows businesses to maintain a high level of control that the cloud often cannot. However, the large upfront cost of building on-premise servers and data centers often tends to be more expensive. With an on-premise system, the company is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades of the hardware and software, data back-ups, storage, and disaster recovery. Not to mention the huge cost of specialized people needed to run the servers.

Realizing the cost of running and maintaining an on-premise system, here comes the cloud. Cloud computing is named after how the information is being accessed. Using cloud services, the user is enabled to store files and applications on remote servers and then access the data which is found remotely in the virtual space using the internet.

Utilizing third-party cloud service providers allows not just huge corporations but also start-up companies to benefit by eliminating the huge-upfront cost of putting up an on-premise system. By using the cloud, companies can tap the ability to scale their business elastically, this means that they can set the right amount of IT resources like computing power and storage based on their needs.

Understanding the Cloud

Compared to on-premise system, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services. It means you just connect to the infrastructure via the internet and use computing services without installing and maintaining them on-premise.

Who are the cloud service providers?

Companies like AmazonMicrosoft, and Google belong to the public cloud which dominates the whole cloud computing market. With their most advanced and secured data centers. These companies provide the highest security, availability, and reliability which results in high performance, productivity, and speed to their customers.

How can I move to the cloud?

We’ve just discussed the basics of cloud computing, there’s a lot more to learn before deciding to move or migrate to the cloud. 

Regardless of your industry, it certainly is possible to be cloud-native. Nowadays, all successful companies need a highly scalable infrastructure that can support fast-changing customer needs that translate into a highly efficient and effective company. Tanaakk enables organizations from small-to-medium enterprises up to the largest conglomerates and corporations to accelerate from ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration processes.

We’ve helped dozens of companies to move into the cloud resulting in higher profits and higher efficiency. If you’re thinking What’s next? Visit our growth-as-a-service HITSERIES.

Written by: Wedrick Arvin Eduarte

Date: November 8, 2021