Cloud computing is a buzzword in the tech industry. More and more companies are offering cloud services for everything from network reliability to data storage. The term itself refers to an Internet-based service that allows for some kind of computer service often through a third party.
Cloud computing has benefits for many companies. A cloud-based service allows companies to avoid the heavy start up costs in infrastructure. As with data storage and utilization of software tied into the cloud, a company can forego typical costs in maintenance. Proponents of a cloud system say security is stronger within the cloud as well because the data is centralized.
Business for cloud computing companies is booming. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion. The global market for cloud equipment is expected to reach $79 billion by 2018. And the surveys of companies who have moved part of their system to the cloud are telling:
- 82% of companies saved money when moving to the cloud.
- 14% of companies downsized their IT department after cloud adoption.
- 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements six months after moving to the cloud.
Many cloud computing providers claim that businesses will reduce costs by adopting the cloud. The statement goes that businesses will need to be spend less on infrastructure costs, particularly with one time or infrequent infrastructure purchases which will be available through the cloud.
Another cost savings benefit associated with cloud computing is a reduced need for in-house IT services. It is always possible, however, that a slimmed down IT team might leave you exposed to problems that couldn’t have been foreseen. In these cases, it’s still possible to consult a company with IT services and IT support if the case isn’t specifically related to something within the cloud.
While this is primarily a term used in the technology industry, the principles of agile teams such as a series of incremental goals, quick and efficient meetings, letting the process dictate the final result rather than a set in stone finished product can be applied to most industries.
Cloud computing allows your team and a company to become more agile, as cloud computing allows for employees to re-position, add, or expand new technological infrastructure. This flexibility is a hallmark of agile and can allow for a greater end result through iterations.
Many cloud computing companies offer cloud services that are webbed through multiple, redundant sites. This makes adopting the cloud important for business continuity, such as when a breakdown in the code happens and it is not backed up. The cloud can do this automatically.
Disaster relief is another area where redundant sites could prove very beneficial. Any malfunction that threatens an entire system could be wiped out and replaced.
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