In a short time, cloud computing has shifted from a buzzword to a robust technology vectoring the present-day IT domain.
Cloud software development is a promising technology for companies regardless of their industry focus for many reasons. This article provides essential facts and essential aspects of cloud computing and discusses its benefits and challenges for businesses.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing encompasses a range of services delivered via the internet by cloud providers.
Cloud-based refers to computing resources (servers, storage, networking), tools (runtime, OS, middleware), and ready-made solutions (analytics, monitoring) that users leverage on-demand.
Cloud-based development means that you don’t need to build and maintain your physical infrastructure (servers or data centers) or install development tools to create software. You can use the required technology services and computing power delivered by third-party cloud vendors.
Cloud Computing Features
The following are some distinct features of cloud solutions.
- Cloud solution servers are located in remote data centers.
- Cloud infrastructure management and maintenance are with the provider, not the user.
- A pay-as-you-go pricing model is typical for cloud services.
- Users can access cloud services anytime, from any device and location.
- The cloud can scale up and down, depending on client needs. This means that you don’t have to worry about acquiring additional data storage infrastructure if you need more space or supporting unneeded resources if you don’t use them.
- You don’t need to download and install cloud software on your device.
On-Premise vs. Cloud Solutions
Cloud hosting has become an excellent alternative to the traditional approach, which typically means an on-premise IT infrastructure within a company.
To choose between the two, you should consider the following points:
- Budget. In-house infrastructure requires significant initial expenses. Cloud hosting costs much less.
- Need for technical staff. On-premise solutions demand a dedicated technical team for monitoring and support. Conversely, the provider maintains cloud solutions; this is none of your concern.
- You required flexibility and scalability. If your business expands, you can quickly increase cloud storage capacity. Scaling up the on-premise infrastructure is problematic because you need to buy and deploy additional servers. But if you know your project will not scale up or down, on-premise infrastructure can be a good option.
- Level of control. If you need complete control over hardware and software, you should have your infrastructure. In the case of cloud hosting, you don’t have access to hardware and some operations.
- Needed security. You can better protect your data when everything is located within your company. Cloud data storage and processing don’t guarantee complete protection: there can be breaches and data leakage, an issue most relevant to public clouds. However, the question is debatable because private cloud providers take significant steps toward improving data protection.