How Cloud Systems and Infrastructure Are Shaping How Organizations Operate
There’s no longer any doubt: the cloud is the way of the future and is here to stay.
In addition to the multitude of organizations that are already utilizing cloud-based systems, many organizations are writing their cloud adoption plans, transitioning their existing on-premises infrastructure to a completely remote, cloud-based structure.
When it comes to data, the cloud is exceptionally effective; the cloud makes it possible to store a tremendous amount of data in a flexible, accessible, and scalable architecture.
Adoption of Cloud-Based Data Solutions
Cloud computing is a system of distributed computer processing, in which computing resources are pooled to provide computing power for multiple clients in an on-demand model. Cloud-based data solutions can store and analyze exceptionally large amounts of data since it can provide virtually unlimited resources.
In the past few years, the adoption of cloud-based data solutions has increased significantly, as businesses become more comfortable storing large volumes of their information online. Cloud-based solutions free an organization from physical infrastructure while also providing a cost-effective means of processing information. With cloud-based data solutions, a business only pays for the resources they need to use.
Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service frees businesses up to concentrate on their own internal business processes rather than having to manage or maintain their physical servers, storage and networking solutions. With Cloud IaaS, an organization gets everything it needs to operate in a single, managed solution.
The cloud is also how Software-as-a-Service (SAAS), Platforms-as-a-Service, and other as-a-service offerings are delivered to organizations.
Companies can forego day-to-day tasks such as physical systems maintenance, but they still need to consider data security and backup management. The lack of physical resources to manage frees up a substantial amount of time and money for the organization.
Increased Business Agility
Accessible and scalable, there’s nothing like a cloud-based system for true agility. Cloud technology can be scaled to almost any size so that the organization can adapt to higher than average traffic and activity without upgrading core infrastructure.
Cloud technology can be accessed from anywhere in the world, making it possible to connect offices anywhere. With more companies operating through remote workers, it becomes important that companies can provide access to their systems on a number of platforms and from any location. Cloud-based systems are responsive and accessible on any platform and device, thereby making it easier to connect employees from across the globe.
Increased Cloud Storage Capacity
Additional cloud storage can be deployed at any time to provide support to your systems infrastructure. As your company’s data grows, you’ll need additional data warehousing. Not only will cloud storage be able to expand its capacity on-the-fly to suit your organization’s data, but it can also protect and monitor this data.
The resources available to organizations is growing rapidly. As internet speeds become faster and storage becomes more cost-effective, its possible for organizations to manage even larger volumes of data. Cloud storage capacity is likely to keep growing at an exponential rate as companies continue to store even more data.
With the resources provided by the cloud, data analysis and management also become that much easier. As data becomes complex and varied, it starts to take additional processing power to manage and analyze it. Cloud-based solutions can deploy additional resources on-the-fly, to provide better data management and data integration.
The Internet of Things
The “Internet of Things” or “IoT” is a network of Internet-capable, linked devices. From smart refrigerators to commercial printers, any device that is connected to the Internet becomes an additional network endpoint which must be managed.
For many companies, managing this type of infrastructure can be overwhelming. The Internet of Things produces a staggering network landscape that must be protected.
As-a-service systems infrastructure makes it possible for the entirety of the network to be managed and monitored through a cloud-based solution. With the additional resources provided by the cloud infrastructure, even a complex and convoluted IoT network can be managed and maintained. Moreover, Internet of Things devices can be used to collect and report data to a centralized, consolidated solution.
Cloud-based solutions are becoming increasingly popular as companies see the benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-Service and cloud data management.
The future of cloud-based infrastructure is one of increased adoption and complexity, with a proliferation of IoT devices and unique, diverse network ecosystems. Already, many companies are moving towards multi-cloud arrangements, in addition to mixing on-premise and cloud-based solutions. This is creating highly complex but highly effective networks, referred to as a “Hybrid Cloud”.
For organizations seeking to manage their data infrastructure, cloud-based solutions are the answer. Transitioning to a cloud-based solution is both cost-effective and productive. As cloud-based solutions become more ubiquitous, it will also be necessary to transition to cloud-based solutions in order to remain competitive.
For more information about making the transition to cloud-based solutions, contact the experts at IDS Solutions.