Purchasing software has become a major expense, as has the constant demand for additional data storage space. Cloud computing solves both problems and more. Although many believe this to be a new development and a technology intended purely for business use, both assertions are untrue. In practice, millions of people have been enjoying its benefits daily for decades.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter (now X), and Instagram, as well as the entertainment giant Netflix, all use cloud services to support their vast user bases. In addition, Amazon Prime members have the option to store their digital photos in the cloud at no charge.

That said, the cloud-based services available to companies are extensive, and their benefits can be transformative in a highly competitive and constantly evolving business world where every second and every cent counts.

Types of Cloud Computing Services

These can be broadly categorised into the following three primary models:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This model allows businesses to rent fundamental computing resources like virtual machines, data storage facilities, and networks on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than buying them. It also allows scaling up or down as prevailing demands change. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leading IaaS provider, and IT personnel with a knowledge of AWS are in high demand.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): In this model, users can rent access to a platform for developing, running, and managing their applications, simplifying the task by providing the necessary development tools, middleware, and database management systems. The Elastic Beanstalk from AWS is an example of a popular PaaS facility.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): Designed to avoid the high cost of purchasing software and the hassle of maintaining it, this model is of value for business or personal use. It allows users to access online software applications on a subscription basis. Examples include Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing

The option to access these online services offers businesses several significant advantages, including the following:

  • Cost Savings: Utilising facilities in the cloud and paying only for the time you use them is considerably cheaper than investing in physical hardware or software and paying additional staff to manage complex IT infrastructure. So, hiring someone familiar with Amazon Web Services can slash a company‚Äôs IT costs.
  • Scalability: Cloud services offer businesses unparalleled scalability, enabling them to adjust the use of rented resources to meet fluctuating demands, such as the increased use of e-commerce platforms like Shopify during public holidays or Black Friday events.
  • Improved Collaboration: Cloud computing services enable real-time user collaboration across multiple locations, an option that could prove invaluable for a busy international corporation.
  • Security and Disaster Recovery: All cloud services are protected by state-of-the-art security systems, including advanced military-grade encryption algorithms. In the event of a cyberattack or a power outage, all client data remains secure and can be quickly restored without loss or corruption.

Getting Started With Cloud Computing

The only requirement for leveraging cloud services is someone who thoroughly understands them. If you are ready to begin enjoying their benefits, why not contact us at Geeks4Learning and arrange for a staff member to attend our accredited AWS training course?