How Cloud Computing Can Transform Your business

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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing services are right at the cutting edge of digital technology, allowing organizations large and small to streamline their operations and improve efficiency. These services, also known as ‘the cloud’, have been at the forefront of the digital revolution since their inception, with each further innovation bringing an ever-expanding range of products and services. The cloud may have originally started out as the place to store data outside of your own IT ecosystem (i.e. online), but it has quickly evolved into much more.

These days, cloud services consist of fast, fully secure data transfer that is fully accessible through either an app on a mobile device or software on a laptop or desktop computer.

Vendors in the space are increasingly offering services that complement emerging IoT, advanced machine learning and AI technology to streamline the dissemination of content and send it to where it needs to go in the shortest possible time.

Additionally, the current domination of the market by ICT heavyweights such as Amazon (S3 and Glacier), Google (Cloud Storage and Cloud Storage Nearline), Apple (iCloud) and Microsoft (Azure) guarantee its place at the epicenter of digital evolution for now and the foreseeable future.

Below are 10 articles that clarify what the cloud is, what it can do for your business and emerging trends in the technology.

Definitions and overview

What are the different types of cloud services? How are they maintained and managed? Where do encryption and security come in, and what’s the difference between private, hybrid and pubic clouds?

Cloud get’s complicated. There’s the world of ‘as a Service’ cloud solutions: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), where a business subscribes to an application it accesses online; Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), where businesses create their own customized applications; and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), where businesses (like Netflix) rent out cloud services and network backbone from a provider.

Here are some articles explaining the differences:

Suggested Reading:

  1. What is cloud computing?
  2. Cloud storage definitions

Services and providers

There are lots and lots (and lots and lots…) of cloud services out there, from big names like Dropbox, Google and Microsoft to a host of smaller and often more specialized services. Whether you want a hard drive in the sky to hold everything, or a series of discrete online repositories for discrete parts of your digital life, there’s a service up there for you.

Suggested Reading:

  1. The best cloud storage and file-sharing services of 2018
  2. 18 free cloud storage options

Trends in cloud computing

Cloud technology is ‘live’, and it’s maturing rapidly. That’s why it pays to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments. Cloud architectures, and the technical backbones that support them, have evolved to the point where they can meet the demands of hosting vast amounts of data for global enterprises while simultaneously providing seamless integration with all other major digital technologies.

Cloud is also integrating with other technologies, like wearables, mobility, security, software and digital natives. And as machine learning and artificial intelligence become increasingly user-friendly, developers will integrate them into existing cloud-hosted applications. Business-solution providers will, in turn, continue to develop and integrate these advanced solutions into their cloud offerings.

Suggested reading:

  1. Current and future trends for cloud architecture
  2. Top 5 cloud computing trends for 2020
  3. Top cloud computing trends for 2018 and beyond

Blockchain

Blockchain technology is becoming increasingly more pervasive thanks to its ability to provide end-to-end solutions for business transactions that are fast, secure and leave a clear and unambiguous trail of each step in a process.

Already being dubbed ‘Cloud 2.0’ by some, blockchain uses P2P networks to manage cloud storage solutions across a range of sectors. This article discusses the plethora of services already available, such as file sharing across decentralized storage sites and the web and mobile applications accompanying them. Much of this still fits into the ‘complex’ category, but its business solutions are likely to be game changers over the next decade.

Suggested reading:

  1. Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage
  2. Blockchain-based cloud is here; why should it be on top of your agenda

If your business needs assistance with a cloud computing solution give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or contact us at sales@enhancedtech.com.

 

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Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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