Why rapidly growing companies need Cloud Computing
Any rapidly-growing business enterprise whether it is a small, medium, or a large company; also, whether it is an online or even an off-line (brick and mortar) company — will need strategies to stay cost-effective as well as use cutting-edge Web technologies. In the earlier times, a few years ago, using expensive web technologies was the only choice for them. Even using those web servers, which of course were quite robust and state-of-the-art computers used in the web hosting industries, had their own intrinsic or external issues which would cause minor and major web-related problems, such as a server crash, leading to downtime and inactivity, leading to damages and losses.
Issues faced by online businesses:
Earlier, there were also broader issues like lack of proper web connectivity and broadband deployment to majority of the population, web security concerns, e-commerce related issues, lack of high-speed data-transfer over the Internet, high costs needed for its web development, higher costs of procuring web servers and related technologies; need to maintain specialist technologists, software and maintain a special IT zone inside the company to maintain and sustain their nominal web presence; a non-stop monitoring of their online businesses, and other such issues kept the companies off the Internet for doing serious business.
They preferred offline business more than the online business, especially in the large numbers of developing countries. As a result, these companies prospered and expanded their business in the real world easily, but their presence on the Internet was negligible.
To have a professional quality web presence for these companies meant acquiring highest-quality and professional web hosting packages that included dedicated web servers, or even use the collocation facilities to house the companies web servers. Along with that, they needed to use the data centers which provided safety and security of both data and hardware, get regular backups, and have the Internet connectivity which was not just fast and secure but also it should be without any stoppages or outages.
They also needed highly qualified and regularly trained web specialists to monitor every aspect of web hosting. It was a tough task for these growing businesses in getting over all those issues, maintain a rapidly growing business on and offline, and make overall profits. Keeping down the costs of doing business on the Internet was an equally greater task.
The Cloud Computing solutions for online businesses:
The contemporary computational model, especially the Cloud Computing model, has given a new healthy and economically viable lifeline to these small to large online businesses. On the sides, the web security and control over cyber crimes, growing global laws and awareness for data privacy, easily available and affordable broadband services for the masses and companies as well, reliable and secure as well as affordable professional-quality web services have created the necessary foundation for global expansion for all these companies to conduct effective online businesses.
Who else are using the Cloud:
Now let us see some examples of how the Cloud (Cloud computing) can be utilized very successfully and effectively by very active online businesses and very busy social networking sites. One knows that an online business or any social networking site which experiences large numbers of web traffic needs lots of web resources during those high traffic moments, or its web server may crash due to the high overload and the site can become inaccessible.
This inaccessibility for the web visitors to the site is one of the most undesirable events for any business site and its visitors as well. Imagine a very busy website like Amazon or eBay becoming inaccessible to the thousands of visitors they get every minute! That would send a wrong signal to the visitors and they may avoid visiting those sites for purchasing in future, least of all think of using their credit cards for purchasing, because they feel that the sites are managed by unprofessional managers and therefore there are risks to doing e-commerce on those websites. But these websites do not experience such down times, and therefore that is one major factor to build trust between them and their visitors.
Such extremely busy sites use the Cloud computing platforms in a major way. Most of their tasks use Cloud technologies. Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Gmail, the top e-mail applications, use the Cloud computing technology. Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter use the Cloud technology. Microsoft, Google, Skype, YouTube, Picasa, Google Voice, and other top organizations, s well as millions of large to small business organizations and even individuals are using the Cloud technology easily and effectively.
In fact, Cloud Computing technologies have become game changers in the Internet world! It is not only these giant organizations but countless small businesses are also using Cloud computing technologies and are reaping great benefits from them, not just to save operational costs, but also for utilizing other online software’s and immensely beneficial features of Cloud Computing.
Cloud computing, What is Cloud computing?:
Cloud computing is a service that offers online services such as data storage and management, hardware and software management services over the Internet. In other words, many free and paid-for Cloud computing services that are delivered over the Internet. In the Cloud computing world, one pays for the time spent on usage of the software and applications instead of buying these software and applications outright in the real world which of course need lots of money.
Thus the Cloud service saves a lot of money which can thus be used for other important business purpose! Same way, in the Cloud computing world, one uses additional web resources like space, servers, bandwidth, etc. only when needed and then pay the normal fees to the Cloud service provider based on the day-to-day normal requirements.
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