The Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing resources — including storage, processing power, databases, networking, analytics, artificial intelligence, and software applications — over the internet (the cloud). By outsourcing these resources, companies can access the computational assets they need, when they need them, without needing to purchase and maintain a physical, on-premise IT infrastructure. This provides flexible resources, faster innovation, and economies of scale. For many companies, a cloud migration is directly related to data and IT modernization.
Types of cloud deployments
There are three primary types of cloud deployments. Each has unique benefits and organizations often benefit from using more than one.
Public clouds deliver computing resources — servers, storage, applications, etc. — over the internet from a cloud service provider, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure. Cloud providers own and operate all hardware, software, and other supporting infrastructure.
A private cloud is computing resources dedicated exclusively to an organization. It can be physically located at an organization’s on-site data center, or hosted by a cloud provider. A private cloud delivers a higher level of security and privacy than public clouds by offering dedicated resources to companies.
Private cloud customers get the primary benefits of a public cloud, including self-service, scalability, and elasticity, but with the added benefit of additional control and customization. Plus, private clouds can have a higher level of security and privacy because they are housed on private networks not accessible to public traffic.
Hybrid clouds are a combination of private and public clouds connected together with technology that enables data and application to work together. Sensitive services and applications can be kept in the secure private cloud while publicly-accessible web servers and customer-facing endpoints can live in the public cloud. Most popular third-party cloud providers offer a hybrid cloud model, allowing users to combine private and public clouds to satisfy their needs. This allows businesses greater flexibility to deploy the specific infrastructure requirements of their application.
Benefits of cloud computing
The unique properties of cloud infrastructures provide several novel technical and business benefits. The following are the key cloud computing benefits for agile teams.
- Reduced cost
- Increased scalability
- Better performance
- Improved execution speed
- Increased security
- Continuous integration and delivery
- Comprehensive monitoring and incident management