Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence—over the internet to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale.
Cloud computing gives you access to servers, storage, databases, and a broad set of application services over the internet. A cloud services provider owns and maintains the network-connected hardware required for these application services, while you provision and use what you need via a web application.
Organizations are discovering that cloud computing has considerable benefits, such as cost savings. The cloud allows you to trade capital expense (data centers, physical servers, etc.) for variable expense and only pay for IT as you consume it. Plus, the variable expense is much lower than what you can do for yourself because of the larger economies of scale.
The cloud also makes it easy and fast to access a broad range such as compute, storage, databases, analytics, machine learning and many other services. In other words, this is the benefit of agility. Companies can quickly develop and roll out new applications. Teams find it easier to innovate and experiment faster and more often.
The cloud allows you to innovate faster because you can focus your valuable IT resources on developing applications that differentiate your business and transform customer experiences rather than managing infrastructure and data centers. With the cloud, you can quickly spin up resources as you need them, deploying hundreds or even thousands of servers in minutes.
Experts in this area also point to the “elasticity” factor of cloud computing. Organizations can provision the amount of resources that they actually need, knowing you can instantly scale up or down with the needs of your business. This reduces costs and improves your ability to meet your users’ demands. This, compared with pre cloud computing when companies had to overprovision infrastructure to ensure they had enough capacity to handle operations during peak cycles.
Cloud computing also is a technology well suited for planetary deployment. Cloud computing allows organizations to easily use an application in multiple physical locations around the world with just a few clicks.
This characteristic is extremely beneficial in today’s business climate because companies can provide a lower latency and better experience for customers simply and at minimal cost.
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