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Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence – over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping you lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently and scale as your business needs change.
Cloud services deliver business value
- Convenient, simple to use and reliable hosted services that are available immediately
- Reduced operating expenses by only paying for services consumed and scale the services as required
- Anywhere access to your content from local data centres
- High-level mobility features
- Disaster and disruption readiness
- Seamless integration with new applications
Cloud computing is the separation of computer software from hardware. You will no longer need to have to be concerned about what server to buy. What to do when the server fails or when it is End of life. Various forms of cloud computing rely on virtualising hardware, which dramatically changes the equation. By putting a virtualization layer between the physical hardware and your code, it becomes possible to define your running environment in software. That changes a computer from a single environment running various programs to an infinitely flexible arrangement of virtual computers, each with its own software, configuration, even operating system.
Cloud Computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. Cloud may be limited to a single organization (Enterprise Clouds), be available to many organizations (Public Cloud), or a combination of both (Hybrid Cloud).
Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale. At Ukuzimanya we strive to avoid or minimize “up-front” IT infrastructure costs.
Cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance. The availability of high-capacity networks, low-cost computers and storage devices has led to growth in cloud computing.
The cloud leverages virtualisation technology by letting you request “hardware” at a moment’s notice, pay only for the resources used and delete it when your tasks are complete. It removes the need for month-long procurement cycles, hardware support and maintenance SLA’s and expensive data centres. The cloud provider takes on all those responsibilities and abstracts it all down to instantly available discrete compute resources, which you rent and use as needed.
Here are seven Top Benefits WHY organisations are turning to cloud computing services:
Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site data centres – the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling and the IT experts for managing the infrastructure.
Most cloud computing services are provided self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
3. Global scale
The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources – for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth – right when they’re needed and from the right geographic location.
On-site data centres typically require a lot of “racking and stacking” – hardware setup, software patching and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate data centre, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
Many cloud providers offer a broad set of policies, technologies and controls that strengthen your security posture overall, helping protect your data, apps and infrastructure from potential threats.