A Closer Look At What Cloud Computing Is And Its Advantages

Technology has advanced so much in recent years that we can see it penetrating each aspect of our lives. One particular technology that has changed the way we operate and share information is cloud computing. Most people who aren’t very tech-savvy don’t even realize that they’re using cloud computing all the time. It’s easily one of the best innovations in the IT industry that has affected all areas of our lives. The most popular cloud service on the internet is perhaps AWS (Amazon Web Services) but the commonly used ones that utilize cloud are Spotify, Netflix, Google Drive, Facebook, your banking apps, and many more. Right now, we’ve not completely transitioned to the cloud because of its limited availability but it’s predicted that cloud computing will revolutionize the way we use the internet and computers in just a few decades.

Cloud operates remotely over the internet and you don’t need to locally install an app on your system to access it. You only need a working internet connection and you’ll be able to access the app remotely. Cloud computing has many other advantages like lower hardware costs, increased accessibility, and a lot more. However, most people can’t differentiate the advantages of the cloud over the usual software we’re all familiar with. For this reason, we’ll be exploring all the major advantages of cloud computing in your daily life. So without any further delay, let’s get to it and find out how cloud computing has changed and can change our lives for the better.

1. Scalability

Your needs as an individual or a business keep changing with time. However, with the traditional storage and hosting solutions, you can’t scale according to those needs. With the help of cloud computing, you can easily scale up or down depending on your requirements. If you need more storage- there are options to achieve that, if you need more bandwidth– there are ways to do that as well. You can even scale your subscription upwards without having to give any advance notice, and this ensures that the scalability isn’t only present but it’s available on-demand as well. No matter what your needs are, you can rest assured that your cloud service provider will help you with that and you won’t have to shell out big bucks on expensive upgrades.

2. Cheaper

As we discussed above, utilizing cloud services is cheaper because of its scalability and other advantages. You as a customer only have to pay for the services you subscribe to, no more paying for expensive hardware and software that you might not even use regularly. While most people aren’t aware of this benefit, the majority of them believe that cloud server services are more expensive and that’s a very wrong misconception. The largest expenditure in case of buying and maintaining your own hardware is the regular upkeep. You’ll not only have to pay for parts replacements but your IT team as well if you’re a business or a specialist who uses the service regularly. You’ll be able to save a lot of money once you switch to the cloud and you can invest that money elsewhere in your business.

3. Security

One of the most essential features for everyone who uses a computer is security and cloud computing excels that provide you with unparalleled security. You don’t have to worry about maintaining the security of your data as the service provider will be responsible for that and they’ll maintain much higher security standards than you ever could. Ransomware is something that’s been menacing the computer world for a while now, and cloud computing can even help you counter the multiple malware out there. All your data is stored on a remote server and that helps you recover your data even if it’s deleted locally on your system. The security features alone make cloud computing worth adopting since data is a very valuable commodity in today’s world that can’t be compromised with.

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By now, you must be very clear about what cloud computing actually is and how it’s being leveraged all over the world to increase productivity while reducing costs. Soon, everything that we do on our computers will be transferred onto the cloud because of deeper internet penetration and increased access. The advantages of cloud computing listed in this article are just a few of the many benefits you would enjoy should you switch to the service. The future seems to be full of opportunities for cloud technology and we’ve already started seeing the positive results of the limited implementations already.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan