Cloud computing is a market that is forever growing. According to recent projections, cloud computing is projected to grow to $160 billion by 2020. Enterprises are moving over to the cloud quite rapidly, which has led to these solutions being commonplace in business and also in personal life. From our mobile phones to our emails, everything now uses cloud computing to store its data. However, cloud computing isn’t limited to a source of storage for our emails and phone data, rather these solutions, which are scalable, have become the preferred medium for development, deployment and testing of software as well. There are countless examples of cloud computing today, from video streaming sites to audio services and messaging applications. In this article, I will outline five of the top cloud computing examples.
1. Scalable Usage
With cloud computing, you are offered scalable resources through a number of different subscriptions. This means end users need only pay for what they use. This makes things more manageable, as it eliminates the need to invest in computer hardware.
Netflix is one example of an organization leveraging off cloud computing for its own end. Because of its on-demand streaming services, it experiences large surges at specific times of the day. Netflix’s decision to migrate from their in-house data centers to cloud storage meant that they could rapidly expand their computer base without having to worry about investing in new expensive infrastructure.
2. Private and Hybrid Cloud
Among the many ways that the cloud can be used, there are two particular situations where organization is trying to find ways that they can fully utilize the public cloud to their advantage. When it comes to test and development, there can be limitations in adopting the hybrid cloud method, for the purpose of testing app workloads, and providing environmental comfort for the initial investment which would otherwise be useless if the workload testing were to fail.
Another benefit to the hybrid cloud is its ability to expand during peak usage, which is a more preferable situation to otherwise hosting large amounts of infrastructure which will only be utilized during certain peak hours.
With the cloud, end users can now enjoy network-based communication tools, such as calendars and email services. The vast majority of these calling and messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Skype are based on the cloud. All messaging data is stored on the service providers own infrastructure rather than on the end users personal phone. This enables the end user to be able to access this data no matter where they are, providing they have access to the internet.
4. File Storage
With the cloud, the possibility of being able to store and access files, on any web-enabled interface is an actual reality. The interface for these web services is typically very simple. At any place or time, the end user has accessibility, scalability, speed, and security for their environment. In situations like this, organizations need only pay for the amount of storage that they’re actually using and can do so without having to worry about any daily maintenance on this storage infrastructure.
The possibility of storing this data off or on premises for regularly compliance requirements is also an option. The data is essentially stored in virtual pools of storage, which are hosted by third-party services.
5. Backup and Recovery
When the user chooses to use the cloud for data storage, the responsibility of the data stored on the service, lies with the service provider. This saves you on money that would otherwise go to maintenance. The service provider you choose to use is responsible for maintaining compliance requirements and securing the data.
The cloud offers flexibility in that end users can enjoy both on-demand backups and large storage capacities. Recovery of data is also carried out much faster over the cloud, because all the data is stored on a network of servers, rather than on an on-site data centre. Google Drive, Amazon S3 and Dropbox offer the most popular cloud backup solutions right now.