Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. Large clouds, predominant today, often have functions distributed over multiple locations from central servers.
Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale. Advocates of public and hybrid clouds note that cloud computing allows companies to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs. Proponents also claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and that it enables IT teams to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable demand, providing the burst computing capability: high computing power at certain periods of peak demand.
Importance of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing helps in reducing a considerable amount of CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) & OPEX (Operational Expenditures) an organization does not need to invest in expensive hardware’s, storage devices, & software’s etc. and you only have to pay for the resources you utilize.
Elasticity & flexibility
Cloud computing enables you to reduce and increase your resources demands as per your requirements. For e.g. if you have heavy traffic on your site you can increase your resources and vice versa. Cloud computing gives you the flexibility to work from wherever you want and whenever you want all you require is an internet connection.
Software updates and upgrades can be a painful thing cloud computing simplifies it for you as all the software maintenance and upgrades are looked after and regulated by your cloud service provider.
Cloud computing enables employees to work in a more collaborative and coordinated manner as all the data and information about the organization, & ongoing projects is available to every employee and can be accessed from anywhere and anytime which helps in reducing delays and increase productivity.
Agility & Speed
Time is the most crucial factor when it comes to decision-making and execution. Cloud computing services have a very prompt and customer-centric SLA’s (Service Level Agreements). Cloud Service providers offer up to 99.99% uptimes which ensure continuous flow of business operations and executions.