Cloud Computing is basically delegating your data storage & computing functions to an external data centre which can be accessed using the internet. According to me small to medium enterprises need Cloud Computing for 2 main reasons. First is so you can direct your focus completely on your business, and second is to save the unnecessarily large amount of investment you would require to setup servers.
Conserve the much needed financial resource
Let’s say you own an ecommerce website, your website is not going to witness heavy traffic throughout the day. Instead, the maximum traffic will be witnessed during a short time called. This peak hour, is between 6:00pm to 10:00pm as most people are free and at home during this time. Your website will need maximum servers backing it during this time to accommodate the amount of traffic coming in, or else your website will end up crashing and disappointing your customers. However, you will see a sharp decline in visitors after 10:00pm, and maybe eventually no traffic for the rest of the day during which your servers will remain idle. Servers are not cheap, and this would mean that you are just letting your server sit idly when you have already burnt a hole in your pocket setting it up.
It can get pretty distracting
So your servers are up and running and so is your website. But, everyday is not Sunday. During the course you will face many issues which may keep you worried like -
· Maintenance of the servers,
· Ensuring servers don’t get affected by power
· Avoid any downtime on your website
· Keeping your server updated with the latest security patches, and so on..
This will just prevent you from focusing on your goals and running your business in general.
This is where Cloud Computing comes in and solves these problems for you. Come Cloud Computing, you don’t need to setup your own servers anymore. Instead, you can just rent them from such service providers on monthly, daily, hourly or sometimes even on minute basis. You simply have to pay for the servers as long as you use them and can easily terminate them whenever you chose to. Cloud Computing is highly adaptable as you can change the number of servers you require during peak hours to the maximum number that you need, and decrease it to the minimum during idle hours. All this is done with no worry of maintaining these servers yourself as the service providers will be doing this for you.