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How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business

By: Sunder Singh
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The working definition of cloud computing is computing done on the Internet. That’s the basic difference between cloud computing to computing as we traditionally know it, i.e. enacted via software on a physical computer or server—the same applications and computing capabilities are available online.

Some popular everyday examples of cloud computing are checking one’s bank account balance through an app, collaborating via Google Drive, or updating one’s social media. Cloud computing is also a means of linking a wide body of data across disparate sources (online and offline), making sense of it all, and making it available in an intelligible manner. The technology has been on the rise for small-to-medium enterprises as well as big conglomerates with an international reach—and understandably so, since much of our personal and professional lives now involve closeness to all this data.

Aside from providing a quick primer on cloud computing, this article will detail how cloud data integration works among multiple databases and in what are termed “hybrid” environments, as well as list some of the evident tradeoffs of shifting your business’s data to the cloud.

 

Data Integration: Myriad Environments

The primary challenge your company might face in the midst of handling a large volume of business data, is migrating and integrating it all into a capable platform. The great news is that it’s possible to host all of that data, with maximum efficacy, whether it must be moved from between two separate cloud solutions (inter-cloud), between multiple databases within the same wide cloud solution (intra-cloud), or if it be between an on-premise (in-office) solution and the new cloud platform to be utilized (hybrid cloud).

Integrating data into or within the cloud can be made much easier when an efficient real-time cloud data integration solution is used. Ideally, organizations need a software solution that is easy to set up, secure, fail-safe, and reliable. It also has to be efficient—minimizing latency and network bandwidth utilization so as to reduce the integration or migration’s impact on overall database performance.

 

The Cloud’s Top Benefits for Businesses

It merits asking, then: what are the greatest benefits that cloud computing across platforms could have for your business?

  • Cost-efficiency. One of the primary reasons businesses opt to upgrade to cloud computing is the long-term cost efficiency it affords. Cloud computing notably cuts down capital expenditures, such as the cost of additional equipment, software, and even manpower and energy costs.
  • Flexibility and scalability. The cloud model proves flexible to the size and scale of operations of the business that will utilize it, taking into account needs such as bandwidth demands. It will be easy to scale up and scale down.
  • Automatic updates. You won’t need to be accountable for manually updating your computing software; rollouts of important software updates, like for security and maintenance, are automated by the cloud service. Even if your computing devices are out of your line of sight, you can rest assured that the system is constantly updating itself for better performance with your data.
  • Disaster recovery. The cloud addresses one of your worst nightmares with regard to all your important business data: losing it all in a flash. Cloud services are also a considerably less expensive, yet effective means of backing up the data of smaller businesses that have a smaller scale to work with.
  • Security. Another obvious benefit is the assurance of security. Even if your hardware is lost or stolen, there’s much less to worry about if your data is stored in the cloud. You’ll be able to access it from anywhere, or perform a remote wipe of it if the risk of compromise comes up.
  • Enhanced collaboration. With the data widely available on multiple platforms via the cloud, everyone who’ll need to work on it can do so efficiently. There will be less of a need to pass files back and forth; everyone will be able to access them securely, in real-time, and prevent work delays.
  • “Everywhere” functionality. With the cloud, it’s assured that anyone with an Internet connection and a device can access the data, maximizing everyone’s levels of convenience and productivity. The cloud both supplements office operations and creates its own virtual office space, that can receive input from anytime and any place.

Looking for ways to ensure the longevity of your business data, and your business at large? We recommend closely examining the myriad possibilities for inter-cloud, intra-cloud, and hybrid cloud computing. The benefits of cloud computing far outweigh the initial outlay on migration and deployment, and savings on finances and resources will likewise accrue over time.

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