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What is cloud computing?

Everybody knows what a dedicated server is. Whether it stands in your server room or in a remote data center, it is a box of hardware with a disk drive, CPU, some volume of RAM, some Ethernet bandwidth and other chips and some fans for cooling. It has the following limitations:

  • a specific chipset that cannot be replaced
  • a specific CPU with limited power
  • a specific volume of RAM
  • a limited disk drive
  • a limited I/O capacity.

6 benefits of cloud computing

We listed the major limitations of a dedicated server hosting above. Let’s see how cloud computing solves these challenges:

  • Global access. When your product or service runs in the cloud, it can be accessed by a myriad of paths within your Availability Zone — so there will not be any traffic bottleneck. Even more importantly, your applications can be distributed across multiple Availability Zones, so the users in Europe connect to one instance, while the US users are served by a different one.
  • This is also useful for distributed teams, which is the preferred approach of many startups. Team members can communicate and collaborate in the cloud while storing the code on GitHub and being geographically dispersed. More than 66% of startups and small businesses that responded to Gartner review in 2018 stated that transition to the cloud helped them make their customer-serving operations and mission-critical systems more flexible and productive.
  • Efficient computing allocation. You can calibrate the instance to meet your normal operational patterns — and built-in scalability will ensure additional resources are available upon request, as we described earlier. Forget about waiting for hours or days for a new server to come online. Adjust your cloud infrastructure in minutes!
  • PAYG means cost-efficiency. Your cloud systems always run at optimal capacity. When your team sleeps, goes on a weekend or on a vacation — you can scale down the cloud infrastructure to minimize the expenses. The freed-up resources will be returned to the pool and be used by other customers — and you can quickly scale back up when the need arises. the same works for customer-facing production environments — they can scale up and down depending on workloads, so you will never have to pay for idle servers just in case they are needed.
  • Maximum performance. Cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others are the primary consumers of all new tech and manufacturers of the latest software. Machine Learning, Big Data analytics, blockchain applications, serverless computing, Industry 4.0, edge computing, smart cities and smart homes — all of this is possible only due to the cloud and becomes available to all cloud users immediately after the release. Thus said, when working with the cloud platforms, you can be sure your business is future-proof, and implementing the latest tech will be much easier, as compared to doing it on-prem.
  • Security. More than 80% of Fortune500 global enterprises store their sensitive data with MS Azure. The US Department of Defence stores its data with AWS. CIA operates its IT infrastructure with AWS and GCP. Cloud is secure, due to both watertight physical security measures and multiple architectural date security features, like RSA encryption, container security and security meshes. Even a DDoS attack can be easily mitigated using CDNs, which identify the malicious traffic, filter it out and block the incoming channels — all the while you sleep safe and sound.
  • Business as a priority. Running your business successfully requires stable accessibility of mission-critical systems and uninterrupted end-user experience. Cloud computing provides high-availability, meaning your data is regularly backed up and replicated, so a failure of some system modules will not affect your operations. Having no need to worry about your servers 24/7, you can dedicate more resources and efforts to reaching your business objectives — and cloud platforms provide lots of tools for that!

What is DevOps and how can it help you get the most out of your cloud computing investments?

4 years after the AWS cloud release, software engineers came up with the idea of how to align the outdated software delivery culture with updated technology. DevOps is a practical implementation of Agile software development methodology, a culture of automating most of the routine infrastructure operations to streamline and simplify the software development and infrastructure management processes.

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