The term “Cloud Computing” is heard and read everywhere these days, and lots of companies are constantly wondering what exactly it is, and whether they should apply for it or not.
While cloud computing is often mentioned from several aspects, this article to provide a very easy and short clarification of what this is all about as far as companies are concerned.
Very simply put, cloud computing means storing and accessing applications and data over the web rather than the hard disks of local servers or computers.
The whole idea behind cloud computing is that rather than businesses needing to handle their own servers and data storage devices locally (which would mean purchase of hardware and software, upgrading and maintaining them and handling their security), they rent the required services from cloud service providers Thailand who give these resources as a service over the web on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Companies that give cloud computing services actually host data centers with multiple servers interconnected to every other and utilize special virtualization software to make a large computing and storage resource which will be divided into virtual resources that are rented to users and clients as a service.
The main users of cloud computing services are SMBs (Small-medium businesses) as it allows them to quickly setup the computing resources they need and purchase only what they use.
The main advantages of cloud computing can be summarized as below:
Quick and easy setup: In cloud computing Thailand, instead of needing experts to configure your local servers and installing the required applications, you can simply set up the cloud services and resources by going through a few web pages that guide you step by step on how to setup your required computing resources.
Elasticity: You won’t need to worry about upgrading your hardware when your business grows – this can be simply done at any stage you see a need for it.
Pay for your use: Instead of investing on hardware and software, their upgrade, and maintaining all that, you simply pay for the services as much as you need and use them.
High Accessibility: Most cloud computing services allow you to access your data and applications from anywhere on the internet and by using any connected device such as your tablets or smartphones.
Services that are provided by cloud computing are divided into 3 sectors:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This means buying access to raw computing hardware such as servers or storage over the internet. You pay for these resources per amount of usage instead of purchasing the hardware.
Software as a Service (SaaS): This means using applications that are hosted on the internet. You pay for the software per usage instead of purchasing the software and host it yourself.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): This means you develop applications using Web-based tools so that they run on systems software and hardware provided by others in cloud hosting Thailand.
Cloud computing would come with several advantages for SMB companies. However, it also has its drawbacks that I’ve listed below:
It fully depends on highly reliable internet: Although this is not an issue these days for most locations, it can be a challenge when you are working in remote/undeveloped locations where you simply don’t have reliable, high-speed internet access.
Higher Operation Costs: Cloud services are charged either per user/time or per amount of resource used. While this is a benefit for many SMBs, it can make a cloud solution a costly solution for larger companies, when compared to setting up your own servers and services.
Greater Dependency on Service Providers: In cloud computing you are to a big extent dependent on the services provided by the hosting company. If they decide to drop a service, it can cause a big issue for your business.
Cloud computing is rapidly growing and will continue to grow. The issue isn’t whether you may use cloud computing or not – you’re already using cloud storage Thailand in many ways if you’re using the internet.
But as far as using cloud computing vs setting up your own servers are concerned, it might extremely depend on the size of your business: if you’re an SMB and your business isn’t “IT”, then a cloud solution would be likely the right choice. For large businesses, you might want to have a second calculation of overall costs before you decide.