Cloud Computing Breakdown: Revealing What It Actually Means

Over the years, the “cloud” has become a term loosely used, but not so accurately understood. It is nothing more than a metaphor for the internet. This metaphor was drawn from diagrams in the past used to depict network connections. Similarly, cloud computing has become a buzzword even further misconstrued. As a cloud computing service provider, we are pleased to offer some insight on the topic.

Put simply, cloud computing refers to services being offered via the internet. Traditionally, applications and programs have been housed on a local, physical device. However, cloud computing facilitates remote data storage.

Many devices can access that data as long as they are connected to the internet. This introduces a plethora of benefits to enterprises of every size. Some of those benefits include:

1. Reduced expenses

Cloud computing reduces the investment needed for hardware & facilities. In a traditional business setting, hardware storage can assume a considerable portion of any equipment budget.

Moreover, the space to house a large data center can come with a hefty price tag. Cloud computing negates the need for these expenses which saves money in the long run.

2. Increased data security

Data breaches can be devastating for any company. They impact reputation, customer loyalty, and finances. The cloud offers stringent security that surpasses the security available in a local computing scenario.

3. Disaster recovery

Certain circumstances can lead to loss of a device, whether by natural disaster, theft, or accident. In this case, the “cloud” allows a user to access their data another device. In turn, the cloud prevents disruptions in productivity that might otherwise have occurred.

Of course, cloud computing offers plenty of other benefits such as scalability and mobility, to name a few. Both benefits allow enterprises to maintain a level of fluidity that is key to running a successful business.

In fact, fluidity may be the most important component of cloud computing. All cloud services boast the benefit of agility. Such agility allows enterprises to access a network of resources and prebuilt services that improve workflows. Moreover, these additional resources may come at minimal cost to the business since the cost is in direct proportion to usage.

The resources used will vary by company since there are many types of services available. Business may utilize any of the following:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platforms as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) 
  • Functions as a Service (FaaS) 

Whatever the service that your business finds helpful, Starfish can help! Contact a member of our team today to discuss your business needs. We would be happy to guide you through selecting a service that best fits those needs, resulting in a more productive business.