The past 10 years have seen a shift of IT operations from in-house servers, software, and resources towards cloud technology. What’s more, this trend will only gather momentum over the next 10 years. The four key factors that drive this shift towards cloud computing include mobile connectivity, cost efficiency, shorter innovation cycles, and better data security.
So what is cloud computing? You can look at it as the outsourcing of hardware, software, data storage, and data processing. Users access applications and files by logging in from any device that has an internet connection. A network of secure data centers run by a third party store your data. Hence, this increases the processing power available and allows the sharing of data and between the users. Finally, it allows secure access from any location and on any device.
Cloud computing is the most efficient way of using computing resources. For a start, it removes investment in expensive hardware, license costs, and the human resources to maintain an in-house platform. Since cloud services are subscription-based — users only pay a monthly fee instead of buying licenses. The software and the hardware platforms are managed by a third-party provider who guarantees a 99.999% up-time. In addition, you get the dual benefits of an updated environment and unlimited computing power. Finally, with cloud computing, multiple users can access a program or file and work together in real-time from different locations.