You know, if you were to ask ten different
people the same simple question, “what is the cloud”, there’s a good chance you
would get ten different answers. Everyone’s heard of it, a majority of
people use it, but how do you define it? Many people think of the cloud as a
nebulous, invisible place or abstract model. But in reality, the cloud is just a
type of computing where individuals and businesses rely on a third party to
manage their data and computer processing via the internet. Perhaps a
more practical way to think of the cloud is a utility that companies of all sizes
are rapidly taking advantage of. Just as gas and electricity providers supply services to businesses and homes, public cloud providers supply secure, reliable and scalable computing from a shared data center that you simply plug into.
Traditional on-premises computing is expensive and at times restrictive.
You have to pay for the hardware, the software, the licensing, electricity and
floor space. Not to mention the time your staff have to spend protecting and
maintaining it all. Cloud computing on the other hand,
empowers companies to run faster and cheaper than ever before, simply paying for the resources they consume when they consume them and bursting in scale when needed.
It’s not just pay-as-you-go it’s pay as you grow and provides companies
with the confidence to innovate by creating applications and services on
the fly, testing new ideas and features with limited risk and minimal outlay.
This is the power of the cloud, it’s still servers, storage and networking but
instead of worrying about the maintenance and upkeep, customers can now
spend more time innovating and creating new business opportunities.
With Azure, Microsoft’s cloud solution, customers can relax with the assurance that their
valuable assets are protected by a global workforce serving over 140 countries and working tirelessly to ensure consistent and
continued availability. What’s more with strict compliance and regulations to adhere to, you can be assured that your information is
protected both in transit and at rest, never falling in the hands of unintended
recipients and ensuring that you hold the keys to your kingdom.This is what
drives customers to the Microsoft public cloud and along with the advanced
security systems built right into the very heart of the platform, you can
breathe easy knowing that you’re always running the latest security features and
not left vulnerable to attack. In essence, the cloud will change the way
you work, with solutions being built in hours, not days, and applications
operating with greater insight, enhanced security and global reach. Just as the
power of water and steam fueled the first Industrial Revolution way back in
the late 18th century, the cloud is now racing towards the realisation of the
fourth. A time when compute, automation, IOT and data isn’t just breaking
innovation boundaries, but pushing us further than we ever thought possible.
The question is, what will you do with it?