Top 7 Most Common Uses of Cloud Computing

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Apart from Netflix and Amazon, cloud computing was probably the most used thing during the COVID-19 pandemic – and thankfully the big bosses out there saw their worth and allowed them to continue serving as our once and for all solution. 

At 4Sight we believe that cloud computing is the way of the present and the ways of the future, we’ve been strong believers in the advances of this technology and have promoted it successfully with our long list of satisfied clients. Here’s our understanding of the best cloud computing options on the market and how they can simplify your day-to-day needs

In simple terms, what is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the internet. This includes cloud servers, storage boxes, databases systems, networking programmes, software app, analytics tool and other intelligent computing setups that facilitate the way we work and the accessibility of such resources. These innovative tools and flexible resources are beneficial to the way that remote workers access their data and share it with their peers, clients and audiences.

What are the best ways to use cloud computing goals?

Much like driverless cars, cloud computing is best experienced when all the members of your team are using the same platforms and service systems. If you are working on a project that requires minimal elements of design and all your team members are fluent on Canva, then this is the better option than someone working on Adobe Photoshop and the others on Canva. 

When all team members are aligned it is far easier to share data, edit and make sure that you are all on the same page 24/7! With live-updates and a mechanism built for project work – cloud computing tools are designed for a collaborative and community centred approach. 

Here are some of the most common uses of cloud computing defined: 

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

IaaS is a network and storage system that can be accessed over the internet on a pay per use set-up. This resource consists of an existing infrastructure that allows you to manage your data and maintain your systems while sharing its content with your team. Infrastructure-as-as-Service is ideal for those who are looking to bring their remote game up a notch. 

PaaS – Platform-as-a-Service – is an ideal solution for those looking to up the speed of development with this ready-to-use platform. Since it is all configured in a legitimate and expert manner deployment of projects is usually handled much faster. PaaS provides a complete platform experience with hardware, software and infrastructure inbuilt into the cloud technology for developing wonders. 

SaaS – Software as a service is a way of delivering applications over the Internet – as a service. Instead of installing and maintaining software, you simply access it via the Internet, freeing yourself from complex software and hardware management.

Hybrid Cloud and Multi Cloud

Hybrid Cloud connects third party public clouds to a company’s private cloud services through its computing environment. This is done with a single infrastructure that’s flexible and able to manage large workloads to properly manage a company’s applications. A Hybrid Cloud is one that allows users to manage their content and data across two different clouds seamlessly.

A Multi Cloud is an upgrade of the Hybrid Cloud that allows you to work with more than 2 clouds at a time. IaaS, PaaS and SaaS can all be used on a Multi Cloud.

Testing, Development and Big Data Analytics

Test and development environments are best accommodated by cloud environments. When you are setting up a new project, the biggest headache to start the work is usually organising the technicalities and logistics of your data but with cloud computing you are able to store all your material in one easy-to-use spot that is accessible by all participants. 

The same can be said for Big Data Analytics. When extracting data for your clients, you will need to share the files and store them for future reference – what better way than with a shared cloud? 

Storage, Backup and Data Recovery

Cloud storage is probably the biggest use for cloud computing and technology with a great amount of data being saved directly on the platform for easier access and increased flexibility in working environments. It’s also a great backup solution for those who work on a hybrid model or a completely remote work basis, freeing up computer storage and ensuring that accessibility is always guaranteed. 

Using cloud computing as your Disaster Recovery plan is also a cost-effective and time-efficient tool that will allow you to break out of the rigidity of external harddrives, that as time goes by might not even be compatible with your latest technology. 

Why are cloud computing tools the better option?

Cloud computing is a far better option in this day and age because it is easily accessible wherever you may be working from. Usually accessible through a web-based portal or an easily downloadable app, all you need to access your data is your login and password and hey presto – you’re back to work in no time. 

Cloud computing is also a good option for its flexibility, the fact that it is always updated and regularly improved by the programmers and also provides a sense of community. With forums available for all cloud computing users, a problem is easily solved and happily addressed by avid users of experts in the tool. 

We really cannot get enough of cloud computing at 4Sight. Get in touch with us to learn more about the best options for your business and how you can improve your company’s accessibility by means of cloud computing