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Cloud computing for industry

13 January 2023
Source: Atlassian

Cloud computing refers to the practice of providing various services over the web. These services can vary from networking, servers and databases to data storage and software. With cloud computing, data may be stored in a remote repository rather than on a private hard drive or other local storage device. When a computer or other electronic device is connected to the internet, it gains access to a wealth of information via software apps. Enhanced productivity, economic benefits, speed and efficiency, security and performance are just few of the many reasons why cloud computing is a popular choice for industries.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing gets its name from the fact that data is stored and accessible in a virtual space or remote "cloud." Industries providing "cloud services" make it possible for customers to store their data on remote servers and then access it all from any location with an internet connection. This means the user may access it from wherever they happen to be, opening up the possibility of remote work. The cloud removes the need to have a powerful computer in order to do data processing tasks. Once the required data, work and apps are stored and managed in the cloud, the user may access them from any internet-connected device, anywhere in the globe.

It is possible to use both private and public clouds for data. Services provided by public clouds are offered to customers for a price and are delivered online. By contrast, private cloud services limit access to a selected group of customers. Such services constitute a network-based supply system that provides hosted services. In addition, a hybrid approach exists, which includes aspects of both private and public service models.

Different types of cloud computing services

Instead of being an integrated component like a microchip or a mobile phone, cloud computing consists of a collection of services such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS).

1. Providers of IaaS use Internet Protocol (IP) networks to make available, on demand, everything ranging from storage to servers to operating systems. Customers can avoid spending money on software and hardware by renting or leasing it through an on-demand service. IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure are two examples of widely used IaaS platforms.

2. SaaS is a business model in which users are granted access to a hosted version of a software product through a subscription service. Typically, licenses are made available on-demand or a pay-as-you-go basis. A mechanism like this may be found in Microsoft's Office 365.

3. In the three tiers of cloud computing, PaaS is the most technical. While comparable to SaaS in many ways, PaaS differs in that it provides a platform for building internet-delivered software rather than simply delivering software itself. Salesforce.com and Heroku are two examples of platforms that fit this model.

Is it safe to use the cloud?

Cloud computing raises serious concerns about data and platform security due to the nature of remote software and data storage. Cloud security is used to describe the precautions that are taken to safeguard information and assets stored in the cloud. Two-factor authentication, virtual private networks, data encryption, security tokens and firewall services are just some of the methods used to safeguard this information.

How much do cloud services cost?

Cloud computing costs might range greatly based on the specific cloud service the industry specifies. The following is only to provide an idea of what one should expect to spend on average:

  • Carbonite, a cloud-based backup and recovery service, costs around $50 monthly.
  • Dropbox, a service for storing and sharing files in the cloud, offers free accounts with basic functionality, while premium accounts with more extensive options start at $20 per user per month.
  • Cloud services are also available through Amazon Web Services. A few of the company's categories are completely free (with storage and duration constraints), while others need payment (pay-as-you-go service).

The cost of software hosted on the cloud might also vary greatly from one sector to the next. The number of customers, the strategy for rolling out the software company-wide, and the availability of premium technical support are further elements that play into the final price.

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Conclusion

Cloud computing has several potential applications for industries. Some industrial clients retain everything (data and apps) in the cloud, while others utilize a hybrid setup in which some programs and data are stored on private servers and the rest are kept in the cloud. Moreover, training employees and setting up a reliable method for troubleshooting are essential before, during and after the introduction of any new technology. Employees, especially those who are inexperienced with cloud technology, may also first fight the change. Same is the case with cloud computing. Nevertheless, once the onboarding process is established, the IT team members responsible for implementing and adopting cloud services are identified, and the advantages of cloud operations are outlined, industrial users will be back on track in no time.

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