Cloud computing has become the main area of growth in IT expenses, and organizations must adapt to the changes it brings in order to maximize their overall output.
Cloud computing enables on-demand, convenient network access to a configurable set of computation resources such as storage, network, applications, servers and services, that are rapidly and easily provisioned and given out, with little management effort or service provider interaction. Computing in the cloud is majorly used in a commercial settings and focuses on the provision of on-demand IT infrastructure.
How Is Cloud Computing Changing the World
The role of cloud computing is significant in a variety of areas such as the virtual worlds, social networks, search engines and innovation, all of which affect almost everything we do. The importance of cloud computing is currently witnessed especially in areas where it was developed without giving a known programming model, adequate service level agreement, open standard interface or portability of applications. Setting a clear and concise set of objectives is paramount to a company that is adopting a good cloud computing technology. Objectives range from the top of the line benefits such as gains of productivity, to an overall lowering of operational cost.
Cloud computing provides various benefits that most organizations don’t take into consideration, and which also happen to be the major objectives that companies need to pay more attention to, especially in their bid to integrating to the cloud and thus stepping into the future.
Providers of cloud technology offer their customers an on-demand basis unlimited resources for their applications. But this provision of unlimited resources is not the only point to note for scalability, however the data flow and control of those services and applications is implemented and designed as well.
The implementation of cloud computing that does not consider its full range of effects can lead to a lower performance. This is usually grouped under provisioning, which results in low thought put in handling high response times. It can also lead to higher cost as in over provisioning, as a result of the low rate of utilization of resources.
The 7 Major Benefits of Cloud Computing Explained
The seven major objectives that an organization should keep in mind when they want to adopt cloud computing in order to achieve the complete benefits that the cloud brings to the company are discussed below. If you haven’t really considered all of these already, prepare to have your business vision expanded.
1. Intrusion Detection
Cloud Computing comes with its automatic built-in security: conducting an assessment independently in order to verify that the intrusion detection and access control technologies are properly in place is easy as pie. This may even include a traditional perimeter security medium, in conjunction with the security model of the domain.
Some of the forms of traditional perimeter securities includes the protection of individual components to ensure their inability to exploit through patches of security deployment, the restrictions of physical access to devices and networks, disabling any services and ports that are not in use, the monitoring of audit trails and the use of Antivirus software. Cloud computing will enable you to do all that easier.
2. Focus on Business will Increase
Often enough, companies do not include business capability and agility as a part of the objectives of their cloud computing. A company with the foresight to channel their strength toward the core business while giving the other aspects of the business to a cloud service provider sets the foundation for a major growth in business. This in turn enables the scalability of funds for business requirements, because now there is the availability of a flexible infrastructure that will facilitate a good user experience through a robust and agile cloud service.
3. Time to Market Will Be Reduced
Cloud computing provides platforms that not only gives network and computing resources, but also offers the framework to enterprise: features like authorization, workflow, interface and authentication. The overall time it will take an organization to market (conduct sales activity) has been reduced because of the use of this framework. Cloud computing can give businesses more time for getting clients, by saving time on all these tasks.
4. Increase in Business Agility
Some business cloud providers empower users to make effective changes to functionality through configuration options. This will greatly reduce the dependency on IT development teams, and in turn will result in an increased business agility.
5. Reduction in Operating Cost
The automatic integration of applications in a company’s architecture within the cloud results in little overhead cost of support and maintenance. This seamless integration also reduces the cost of software and its licensing, as well as the hardware cost, because cloud computing service is a pay as you use type of model. There is the capacity of predicting operating expenses with little cost of development, and even with little or no capital expenses. There is also the reduction of cost for maintaining IT infrastructures, brought on by the automatic software and security updates of the cloud.
6. Reduction in Cost of Development
The adoption of cloud computing no doubt ensures a faster time-to-market and, most importantly, it reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) significantly: from saving costs related to the development of application, to the development of newer capabilities and the general maintenance.
7. Security Objective
A company adoption of cloud computing comes with the laying out of some security objectives. These are examples of the most important such objectives to consider setting for yourself, as well as demonstrations of what cloud computing can enable you to achieve.
· Protecting the postal service data from unauthorized access, modification, disclosure, and monitoring. This may include the support for identity management in a way that will allow the Postal Service to enforce access and identity control policies for the authorized users that are accessing cloud services. The postal service will also have the ability to access the data selectively available to every other users.
· To protect the data resources from any threat to the supply chain. This includes maintaining and verifying the reliability and trustworthiness of the CP, as well as the assurance of security that is associated with the software and hardware which are used.
· To prevent the unauthorized access to the infrastructural resources of cloud computing, such as the implementation of security domains which possess a logical separation. For example, this may include the separation of the workload of postal service that is running on same server controlled by a virtual machine monitor in a multitenant environment, and applying the use of default for the configuration of no-access.
· To design and develop a web application that will be deployed in the cloud, for any Internet threat model, as well as inscribe security measures into the development process of the software.
· To protect the Internet browsers from any potential attacks that might mitigate the security of the end users. This is perfected by taking the necessary measures to secure personal computers devices, which are connected to the internet by implementing patches, personal firewalls and security software on a more regular maintenance schedule.