Cloud Computing And Its Benefits For Businesses

2475 WordsMay 15, 201610 Pages
The term ‘cloud computing’ gets tossed around in media and business settings, and while everyone seems to know generally what it is, not everyone is aware of how to use it, much less how to implement it in a safe way that still enables it to provide the full benefits of storing data in the cloud versus storing and managing it on-site. Cloud computing has many benefits for businesses, such as allowing them to store information and be managed by an outside company, which eliminates the cost and effort of a company having to buy servers, install and configure them, and then hire IT staff to continue to maintain them. According to a study of over 1,300 U.S. and U.K. businesses, 88 percent reported that they saved money using cloud services,…show more content…
This further involves knowing exactly what options exist to host data. Cloud servers can be split into public, private, and hybrid servers, all of which provide different benefits (businessnewsdaily.com). Public Cloud Public cloud services are offered by companies that build external platforms that host multiple users, meaning the infrastructure is shared by all the users. The benefits to this model are that individual users don’t have to worry about many of the details that would plague an in-house server. Public cloud services manage the site security, as well as content management tools. They also are constantly updating, allowing for seamless transition between different and new technologies. Private Cloud A private cloud refers to an in-house cloud system that is set up and maintained by a companies own IT staff. This provides a company with the flexibility to manage all of the details of their data storage which they could not get with a publicly-hosted cloud. On the downside, this is more expensive to maintain and requires the cost of buying the physical infrastructure. Hybrid Cloud A hybrid cloud system, as the name suggests, combines both the public and private cloud servers models into one integrated system. For example, a company may choose to host some more sensitive types
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