Even before the pandemic, cloud-based tools were surging in popularity. As the rise in remote work has skyrocketed due to COVID-19, businesses have been forced to rely more on cloud computing in order to improve their internet connectivity and security of vital data. Without today’s popularity of cloud computing, remote system access and video conferencing would not have the success it has today. Cloud computing continues to be highly praised for its extreme flexibility and great security. So, if you have not already switched over to the cloud, do you believe it may be time?
Which cloud solution is best for you?
- Public Cloud
Provides service and infrastructure off site through the internet. Most public clouds are hosted by third party providers over the public internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them. They are a popular choice for everyday apps such as email, customer relationship management, human resources and other business supported apps. Although public clouds are super-efficient, they have a greater risk of security breaches.
- Private Cloud
Private clouds only have one tenant. You can easily control and customize it to control your needs. This control is why many companies are moving over their data centers to private clouds to run core business apps that provide unique advantages such as research, supply chain management etc. They are the best cloud choice if your company is in the industry where you must follow strict security measures.
- Hybrid Cloud
The hybrid cloud is a combination of both the public and private cloud. The hybrid separates your data throughout the cloud which allows you to operate in any environment. The primary benefit is agility. You can create new apps with uncertain demands. If your business tends to adapt and change direction quickly this is the cloud for you.
What are the different types of services?
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Applications that are accessible by the clients through either a web browser or an app. An example of a SaaS are any of the Google apps such as Gmail or Google Drive. SaaS are universally accessible from any platform. Therefore, you can work from any place, and they are great for collaboration.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Users can build, compile and run their programs without worrying of the underlying infrastructure. You are able to manage the data and the application resources while the rest are managed by the vendor. Some of the pro's of a PaaS is faster market for developers, easy deployment of web vendors and the possibility to choose either private or public deployment.
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
This service offers all computing resources, but in a virtual environment so that multiple users can access them. You will be responsible for data, runtime, and applications. The pro's of IaaS are that it provides infrastructure, enhanced scalability, and is very flexible.
Cloud computing is expected to continue to grow and now is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the benefits cloud services offer.