What Is Cloud Computing?
What is cloud computing? The concept may seem nebulous or hard to decipher but in reality is very simple and compelling. It provides a cost effective solution, especially to IT professionals who can now reap the benefits provided by cloud computing without having to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on providing software, hardware and other services in their business model. Traditional business structures prior to the advent of cloud computing concept had to face these problems as the above mentioned services had to be delivered to each member of the team. The whole process was very complicated, painstakingly tedious and placed a huge burden on financial resources. These applications then had to be configured and maintained to ensure that the system ran smoothly and everyone had flawless and uninterrupted access to the services.
Cloud Computing Definition
Cloud computing eliminates all these issues and delivers a viable adaptation that allows businesses to use the internet as a backbone to provide applications and handle the flow of data. Central servers are deployed by vendors that manage and troubleshoot software upgrades and services. These servers and data storage units are the basic components of the cloud where these services are administered. Protocols implemented in these servers are usually called middleware. These protocols ensure that the all the computers present in the network can communicate with each other and services are provided throughout the model. Users can then access these services by simply accessing the internet to login into their account which exists in the central server and engage in their prospective tasks without having to install any software or service on their personal machine. This is highly efficient and adequate as all the memory and processing is centralized instead of being localized. The workload of the whole model in general also becomes centralized which reduces the dependency on local machines for running applications and services. The user becomes mobile and can use any workstation with a working internet connection for admission into the network.
Since a cloud computing network will potentially handle an abundance of users, it also has the capability to provide sufficient storage space for data that needs to be saved. Also, it saves physical space as the date stored is present in the cloud, not on drives or local servers which take up space in case of offices. Often, redundancy is also put into practice as functionality. This provides a backup for the data stored so that in case of a server crash, vital user information is preserved and remains intact.
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By Chuck Weaver