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Facilitating innovation with cloud computing

Cloud computing is an important part of the future of innovation. It has already changed the way we work, play, and learn, and its use is growing exponentially every year.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated business use of cloud computing was up 55% in 2020, from 42% the previous year.

More businesses than ever are relying on the power of the cloud to streamline their everyday work processes – and with good reason.

The benefits of cloud computing

Cloud computing has many benefits for both businesses and their customers. It allows companies to store their data in a central location, which can improve efficiency, security, and reliability of data storage. The cloud provides flexibility, giving the user the ability to access their data from anywhere and on any device.

Through the cloud, companies can mitigate the risk of data loss. If a company loses a hard drive, they can simply replace it and restore their data from the cloud. This is not possible with traditional methods of data storage.

It also provides a cost-effective solution for businesses to run their systems. With traditional methods for data storage, companies have to purchase new hardware or software as they go. This can be very expensive, especially if they have a lot of employees working in the company.

Cloud computing allows businesses to scale as needed and get rid of the costs associated with purchasing and maintaining hardware and software.

Cloud computing models

There are three main types of cloud computing models: private, public and hybrid.

Private cloud is most commonly used by companies today. It is a network of resources that is owned and managed by a single organisation. These resources can be physical or virtual, and they can be hosted on the cloud provider’s infrastructure or on the organisation’s own infrastructure.

One of the advantages of using private cloud for your business is having complete control over your data, and deciding who has access to it. However, a disadvantage of using a private cloud is that you are responsible for all aspects of its management, including planning, building, deploying, and maintenance.

Public cloud allows multiple customers to share a common pool of computing resources in order to provide services to each other over the internet. Public clouds can deliver services faster than businesses can build their own data centres.

One of the advantages of using public cloud is that you don’t have to spend money on infrastructure and maintenance, but you still have some control over the resources that you use. A disadvantage of using a public cloud is that your data is not as secure as it is in a private cloud; public cloud is akin to a having a set of locked drawers in a shared office environment – secure, but the possibility someone else can access your data remains quite plausible.

Hybrid cloud combines elements of the previous two. It uses private clouds for some applications and public clouds for others, depending on the needs of your business and its users.

Hybrid technologies are designed to support many different types of workloads, including applications, virtual desktops, web applications and big data analytics.

When used correctly, hybrid technologies can deliver the best of both worlds: a high level of flexibility combined with cost savings and business continuity planning.

Cloud-based business models

SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are cloud-based business models that provide software for companies, which choose the model that best suits their business requirements.

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is a software distribution model in which the vendor delivers software over the internet to customers for use on demand. The customer does not have to install or maintain any of the software on its own computers, but instead relies on the vendor’s infrastructure.

PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) involves provisioning software on demand in response to customer requests. The platform is the core of the service. It provides developers with an operating environment in which they can create and run their applications. The platform also includes all of the necessary services and tools needed in order to build and run an application in production.

IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) provides virtual infrastructure, such as storage and servers. Customers are able to pay for resources on demand, such as storage and CPU power.

Discover the cloud solution for your business

Cloud computing has become an integral part of businesses in this digital age. However, finding the cloud model and service that suits your company and daily operations can be tricky and time-consuming.

The cloud engineers at INTELLIWORX have all the expertise and up-to-date tools to help you find the right solution for your business. Talk to them today and start innovating.

Shane Maher

We passionately work on the IT Infrastructure of mid-tier businesses and support MSPs into cloud services. I have over 17 years of commercial experience that includes supporting and managing IT systems, developing infrastructure solutions, both onsite & in the cloud.

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