Up In The Cloud: An Introduction To Cloud Technology


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Digital transformation has taken hold of the market for the last few years, along with this the latest cloud technology competes for the limelight alongside other exciting innovations in this space, such as AI, AR and Machine Learning.

Cloud infrastructure gives you the peace of mind that your data, applications and systems are being looked after by the best in the business. We’re going to look at the good, the bad and the ugly for migrating into this space in a series of posts. We hope you enjoy this journey through the cloud with us.

The use of cloud technology has expanded so much, that it’s no longer a question of whether or not a company will use cloud technology and rather, a question of how many services they can integrate and shift into Cloud.  From multi-million-pound global organisations to the single e-commerce entrepreneur, the benefits of doing so are ever-increasing.

We currently have the choice of being on a public, private, multi-cloud or hybrid service, giving enterprises and individuals new levels of productivity, performance and security. AWS, GCP and Azure, the three leading cloud platforms, have created a competitive environment amongst the industry. Followed by Oracle, Alibaba, Fastly and others, who are also on the rise in popularity.

Along with the immense benefits that come with using these platforms, there’s no surprise that these come with risk, controversy and a high level of competition too.

Multi-cloud is becoming increasingly popular so public users can use more than one platform and reap the benefits from each provider. Planning a multi-cloud strategy isn’t easy, companies are implementing service providers to achieve a high level of agility and improving performance. Artificial intelligence, Internet of things and data analytics are some of the upsell technologies within the hybrid market. Google, Amazon and Microsoft use these aspects as part of their strategic moves in their rivalry as the top provider.

Seamless and automatic use of services enables Cloud to support businesses with simpler operations and lower costs. Inhouse traditional infrastructures are built to foresee peak demand, think of it as paying for infrastructure to cope with exceptionally high demand like black Friday, but paying year-round for just this demand period. It incurs additional costs come from excessive, expensive and wasted unused capacity. Whereas cloud has the capability of scaling up and down, depending on demand, providing profit to the bottom line from saving delayed implementations. The costs of cloud is less than the cost of buying, designing, maintaining and supporting an in-house infrastructure with a minimal amount of hassle, all the overhead costs on infrastructure and maintenance but also the manpower to do so are eliminated.

Due to the vast growth of cloud computing, pay-as-you-go style billing models will become increasingly popular, some providers already offering vouchers to get small businesses up and running on cloud platforms. Software providers are encouraging users to use their subscription services, hosted on their cloud equivalents. Organizations will be paying daily IT expenses, or for services used with their pay-as-you-go cloud billing models, rather than huge one-off investments which you’d get from a traditional setup.

Maintaining hardware from the 70’s might be a sturdy option - but they are incredibly defeated against the flexibility, scalability and automation cloud can provide. Being able to make use of the software and hardware from the top providers on these platforms keeps you up to date on the latest releases, as well as an extra layer of security that not all businesses are able to provide or afford.

This is just a drop in the pond, the possibilities, benefits and risks are endless. We’ll dive into these in further blogs soon, so stay posted.