The 5 Advantages Of The Cloud
The Cloud, therefore, radically changes the way IT resources are managed. The resulting advantages can be summarized in 5 simple points.
With the simplicity of management and speed in many cases, companies need large computing or data storage resources, but only for limited periods. Cloud computing services offer the possibility to access powerful server structures managed by the providers in a few minutes and in a completely autonomous way. This greatly simplifies the work of IT departments that can use flexible resources without having to resort to heavy investments and rigid planning.
Cost optimization is one of the big points in favor of the Cloud.
Two important expense items can be reduced immediately: the first certainly concerns lowering costs for purchasing and maintaining hardware and software. Then there is the issue of on-premise data centers. Old data centers are costly structures because they require you to install and keep servers or other equipment up to date and because they involve high energy consumption for power supply and cooling. Furthermore, Data Centers require the almost constant presence of IT personnel with a dedicated budget. The potential savings brought by the Cloud are therefore easy to understand, also given the current increases in energy costs.
Cloud servers can be activated and deactivated with a few clicks according to the momentary needs of the company. In this way, Cloud users can flexibly manage computing power, storage spaces, and internet bandwidth. This management freedom is also very useful for avoiding investments in hardware subject to obsolescence and failures. The management of the infrastructures is, in fact, completely delegated to the provider.
Managing internal equipment and data centers requires a large commitment of time and resources. A dedicated IT team must work every day to configure hardware and software, ensure the functionality of the systems and maintain adequate levels of security. With Cloud computing, the IT infrastructure is partially or totally outsourced, reducing the effort to manage it and freeing up resources that can devote themselves to activities with a higher value for the organization.
Reliability and safety
Cloud service providers use secure Data Centers that host high-performance hardware in secure environments that are always connected to the internet. The availability of multiple Data Centers, equipped with physical and geographical redundancy, allows guaranteeing continuity of service to Customers even in default or accident. Thanks to these redundancy systems, customers can take advantage of services such as mirroring that backs up data – with resource distribution across multiple Data Centers – which can be used to quickly restore services in the event of malfunctions, accidents, or cyber-attacks.
Guaranteed performance with internet access
The effectiveness of the applications and services provided through the Cloud also depends on factors such as the “proximity” of the servers to the user and the performance of the internet network used by the provider (this concept is also the basis of the operation of the Cloud Edge, which guarantees performance thanks to a geographically distributed server infrastructure). Choosing a service managed by the same internet connectivity provider allows you to access the Cloud with guaranteed performance for latency, packet loss, and round trip delay. If latency times are reduced, services are faster and better user experience. In this context, the user’s internet access quality should never be underestimated.