The Current State and Future of Cloud Computing

The Current State and Future of Cloud Computing

September 18

Housing network equipment is expensive, but cloud computing has made it possible for even a small business to afford scalable, secure network benefits. The cloud has made it possible for businesses to lease equipment, run software on cloud provider servers and add infrastructure to internal processes at only a fraction of the cost. Because of its reliability and scalability, the cloud has become more popular with businesses and individuals.

An Increase in Cloud Trends

Several companies offer businesses (and even individuals) cost-effective ways of making private clouds. Software companies such as VMware lets you run multiple operating systems on one computer, so you can have several virtual machines running on one server.

Small private clouds are sufficient for small companies, but companies that don’t have the resources or security are better off hosting a cloud in a data center. Data centers allow cloud computing users to scale up or scale down, depending on the user’s needs. Typically, companies need resources seasonally. During busy shopping seasons, ecommerce stores need higher powered servers, but they don’t need these servers all-year long. With the cloud, the ecommerce owner can scale down resources and save money during slow seasons. For this reason, cloud computing has become more popular for small and large businesses.

Advantages of the Cloud

With the cloud, there are several different applications and advantages for businesses to reach more customers. First, the power of the cloud is far better than you get hosting internal servers. Using the right cloud provider, the business has access to several servers behind a load balancer, so no more issues with a website server being overloaded with too much traffic and crashing. Load balancers and web farms allow the business to have several servers and the load balancer sends traffic to the next available server. If one server crashes, the load balancer sends traffic to the next available server, so the website is never offline.

Cloud providers also offer servers for hosting any number of web applications. The business can make these applications available to anyone on the Internet or create permissions so only internal employees can access the services. The advantage is that employees can work from anywhere in the world. For customer applications, these applications are available anytime and anyplace. The cloud provider handles the security, so the business doesn’t have to worry about covering for security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

While the cloud’s popularity continues to grow, more developers are creating applications and features. While the cloud isn’t right for every business, most businesses can take advantage of at least some of the cloud opportunities that help the business grow and save the company money in technology costs.

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