What Is Cloud Technology?
Computer storage has changed dramatically since the inception of computers, from using hard disks in 1956 to the 8-inch floppy disks in 1971. Over time, the storage devices for computers became smaller, such as micro USB sticks, for example. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that people could store information without a physical form of containment. Cloud technology has since become an essential part of life and business. Below, we’ll discuss what it is, who uses it, the types of cloud technology, and its benefits.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is on-demand access to information stored in a cloud provider instead of on your computer or an external storage device. It’s a general term involving hosted services over the internet, whether it’s storage, databases, software, or other services.
Who Uses Cloud Technology?
Nowadays, nearly everybody uses cloud technology, from schools, businesses, and even individuals, for personal, financial, or business matters. Cloud computing allows individuals to access cloud-based tools such as emails, calendars, spreadsheets, or even word documents. As for businesses, many businesses use cloud technology to provide services, such as FitBit, eBay, Netflix, and credit card companies.
Types Of Cloud Computing
There are three types of cloud computing; infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service. Software as a Service, or SaaS, often refers to end-user applications such as email. The only concern people have is how they will use the software as the service manager of the software is the one who manages and maintains that SaaS product.
Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, provides access to data storage space, computers, networks and is the primary starting point for cloud IT. Companies that use IaaS have a high degree of flexibility and management control over their IT resources.
Platform as a Service, or PaaS, removes the need to manage hardware and operating systems and provides greater efficiency as companies don’t have to worry about procuring resources, the capacity of their system, or maintaining software.
Benefits Of Cloud Technology
There are many benefits that cloud technology provides companies, and we’ll cover five of the benefits below.
- Disaster Recovery: When you have all your information stored on your business servers, you’re at the mercy of the elements; whether it’s a flood, tornado, or thunderstorm, you need to ensure that your data stays safe.
- Flexibility: Using the cloud for your IT needs allows your business to redirect more of its attention towards its customers and its business goals. You only have a finite amount of focus, and cloud technology solutions help you direct that focus where you need it most.
- Mobility: With cloud computing, you can access your data anywhere, which means employees can access the information they need to stay in touch with clients and co-workers
- Security: Storing your data in the cloud is more secure than storing it on-site as your company has to focus on multiple IT concerns besides security. Meanwhile, a cloud host’s duty is solely on security.
Thinline Tech is an established IT service company specializing in cloud solutions, business continuity, cybersecurity, and IT support. Not only can we help your business become more flexible and mobile, but we can also protect your data from security threats by providing a strong defense. Check our service page or call 410-453-9300 for more information.