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Cloud Computing Business Benefits

Implementing cloud computing offers many benefits for businesses of any size. One of the most significant strengths is increased efficiency since services can be quickly deployed; this reduces the time it takes to perform normal daily operations by a large amount, freeing up valuable resources and personnel. Cloud computing also offers enhanced agility when it comes to IT-related projects; results are made faster and are of a higher quality. Cloud storage enables a company to adapt to new business models, as well as strengthen existing ones. Having data stored in the Cloud eliminates the need for a large number of storage devices on-site; this reduces electricity consumption, lessens the requirement for cooling, and the need for IT professionals to install and monitor those devices is gone.

Scalability is another area that excels with cloud computing. When a company requires more data storage, instead of purchasing new storage devices, they can increase their available resources with their cloud provider. Security is an additional crucial area of cloud computing. While having sensitive data on the Cloud can seem risky, virtual private clouds, encryption, and API keys help safeguard the data (Queensland Government, 2020). Finally, having your company’s network accessible on the Cloud enables employees and customers to access what they need from practically any Internet-connected device. Cloud computing is a rising star in the business world, and years to come, you will see why it is a good idea to switch to cloud computing as soon as possible.

While cloud computing offers many benefits to a company or organization, implementing a new cloud structure can cause numerous problems. One of the most significant areas that can cause issues is network infrastructure preparedness; this is usually due to the lack of proper cloud training. It can be challenging to find IT personnel who are knowledgeable in the operational and developmental skills required in cloud computing. When cloud infrastructure is not service enabled, the automation of operational processes and tasks cannot be performed. Another potential problem area is managing policies; these policies secure the Cloud, ensure a high level of performance, and maintain the availability of the network. Policies must be flexible so they can work on a per-project basis and be continuously updated and checked. Inter-cloud architecture can be tricky as well, especially when dealing with hybrid clouds; these situations can need specific data center architecture requirements.

Maintaining flexible communication through public, private, and hybrid clouds is also vital. Finally, cloud security is a significant part of any cloud network. While all data is potentially accessible to anyone on the network, ensuring that data does not fall into the wrong hands is very important. For this reason, a team of IT professionals skilled in cloud computing should monitor the network, policies, and hardware to ensure that the highest level of security possible is always obtained. Cloud computing pricing models can also be quite difficult to both understand and pay for, as there are numerous types, such as Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS), Platform As A Service (PAAS), Software As A Service (SAAS), and Storage As A Service (SAAS) (Bluebit, 2015).

In my opinion, I believe cloud computing will play a key role in our future, as its benefits far outweigh the risks. In a world so heavily laden with technology, ensuring the continued connectivity of everyone across the globe, as well as providing them easy access to resources, programs, and services, is not only possible with cloud computing, but it strengthens what the everyday individual can do (even without powerful hardware). While cloud computing is beginning to impact nearly every sector of business operation, the technology is now spreading to other areas of interest, such as video games. Google’s Stadia is a cloud gaming service that enables anyone with an adequate Internet connection to enjoy the same level of premium gaming and graphics as one would with a high-end computer (Google, 2020). The world currently is being shaped by cloud computing; it is up to us, as IT professionals, to ensure the transition is a success.

References

Queensland Government. (2020, May 27). Benefits of Cloud Computing. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/it/cloud-computing/benefits

MacVittie, Lori. (2014). Six Common Challenges of Cloud Implementations. Retrieved from https://f5.com/resources/white-papers/six-common-challenges-of-cloud-implementations

Bluepit. (2015, December 10). Different Types of Cloud Computing Service Models. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://www.bluepiit.com/blog/different-types-of-cloud-computing-service-models/

Google. (n.d.). Google Stadia. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://stadia.google.com/

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