5 facts about Cloud Computing affairs you should know

Cloud computing needs no introduction. From email to hybrid clouds, everything comes under the ambit of cloud computing. We’ll not get into the definition of cloud computing and its types in this post. I will be pointing to some articles on the basics of cloud computing towards the end. The post focuses on 5 facts about cloud computing as of 2015.

Facts about Cloud Computing

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The Front Runner in Cloud Industry

First thing to know among the many facts about cloud computing is that though there are myriad of services related to cloud, the front-runner – currently – is the one that you can’t even guess. With almost no advertising, the company is pretty reliable and has records of minimum downtime. It was hacked partially only once and unlike others, does not go about provide insecure encryption or no encryption.

Amazon is the front runner when it comes to cloud computing as of 2015. Microsoft’s OneDrive, Azure and Google Drive etc. are trailing behind even they advertise more than Amazon. The reason is simple: Amazon provides no nonsense service with minimum downtime. The security algorithms are best and the company goes a step ahead by helping its consumers in setting up hybrid clouds employing its own engineers.

Though Microsoft said they are not in competition with Amazon and others as they have the server software that nobody else has, it is a reality that people still prefer Amazon when it comes to real cloud computing needs. Azure trails behind and may catch up with AWS in near future if Microsoft plays fairly good.

Cloud computing market will reach $127 billion by 2017

According to the Global Industry Analysts, the cloud computing market is growing at a regular rate. They managed to figure out that the total revenue being dealt in the sector will be approximately USD 127 billion in just two years henceforth (by 2017). Despite the fact that many companies opt for hybrid clouds, the cloud is only poised to grow.

For example, Microsoft CEO – Satya Nadella – is focused on mobile first, cloud first and is acting accordingly. Almost every product from Microsoft is integrated with cloud – especially the Office software in form of independent MS Office suites or as Office 365. This as well as Azure will draw crowd as the company is offering good discounts on the cloud software to students and developers. Other than discounts, the company is also providing tools to developers to use Azure as their platform for development, implementation and distribution for software.

In short, rates for cloud computing will see a drop and thus, attract more people to the field. From individuals to major enterprises, all will have a foot on cloud – making it one of the best businesses to follow.

Cloud computing means profit

Among other facts for cloud computing is that different companies, like Microsoft and Amazon, are making it easier for everyone to step on the cloud. We discussed how Microsoft is luring developers in the above sub-heading. Not only in form on money, but the giving away of resources for free – like giving away tools for free when subscribed for cloud computing, it is sure that people will see profits when it comes to cloud. The most basic plan of Amazon is $11 per annum with unlimited storage of photos. The basic plan of Microsoft for OneDrive is free and provides 7 GB expandable storage.

The need for accessing documents and tools from anywhere and using any platform will make people shift to cloud. Same applies for providing cross-platform services that the cloud makes possible easily. The competition among different companies dealing in cloud will sure bring down the costs while providing assistance with many things that will increase overall profits of the consumers.

Infrastructure as a Service is most preferred

Like I said in the above example, Microsoft Azure is preferred destination for developers as it provides them with an infrastructure that allows them to develop and distribute software. Cloud systems like Azure provide more than just a platform. They provide all the infrastructure required by individuals and companies to work on their projects. Add to it, safety, maintenance, backup etc, and the cloud is better. Though Amazon Web Services is the front runner, Azure may soon take it over.

There is no scope for Google to counter Azure at the moment and neither in the near future. It sure has some good plans like Google Compute but the rates are too high for individuals and small businesses. Besides it has its hands in too many projects to focus properly on the cloud segment. The recent reorganization of Google may help in focusing better on different projects but that is going to take time.

As of 2015, Amazon is best, followed by Azure that may overtake AWS if Microsoft plays it properly when it comes to providing infrastructure. However, Microsoft has been named as leader in cloud storage in current report from Gartner’s Public Cloud Storage Services.

Hybrid is the key to success – Facts about cloud computing

Many reports say that businesses prefer a private cloud. But facts about cloud storage say something else. Unlike many reports, small companies prefer public clouds over private clouds as the latter costs too much. It is not just about investment, it requires skill to maintain the cloud. Combining public cloud with private clouds, we get the hybrid.

Since Amazon and Microsoft provide technical skill in setting up private cloud as well, even small businesses can afford to go for hybrid clouds – a combination of private and public clouds. The data distribution over hybrid clouds is an easy concept. Less useful data goes to public clouds that are good at providing backup and min downtime. Most used data is stored on premises – on private cloud that are developed by the cloud service providers.

For reasons of security, businesses and even individuals shy away from storing important data and performing functions on public cloud. But they need the public cloud to manage some of their operations. For example if it is the policy of a province to make businesses store data for 10 years, the companies won’t use local servers for storing old data that old as it will take up useful resources. This is where the public cloud comes into the picture. But the important data that is used regularly stays within the in-premises private cloud. Same applies for different functions. Important functions run on private cloud that may store the output on public cloud thereby making the cloud computing faster.

In short, a hybrid cloud gives you a sense of security while making it faster for processing data or performing certain functions as most of the unwanted and low priority functions are taken care of by public clouds.

A cloud computing article would not be complete without introduction to basics of cloud. Read about difference between public and private cloud. Another type of cloud is a combination of the two and is known as hybrid cloud. We’ve talked about Infrastructure as a Service. It is just one of the many types of cloud computing. Read our article on types of cloud.

These are the top 5 facts about cloud computing as of now, that everyone wanting to have a career in cloud should know. If you want to discuss any issue, we can do it in the comments.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN

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