We hear cloud computing (or cloud) as a popular buzzword these days. Solution providers and developers use the cloud as a way to make their products and services appear cooler and more interesting. In reality, however, cloud computing does more than enable business solutions to run smoothly.

When used as part of a solution, cloud computing provides a long list of benefits. More importantly, businesses can now gain those same benefits by integrating cloud computing with existing workflows.

It is always interesting to see the different ways cloud computing can be beneficial for businesses. We are going to take a look at a couple of examples of cloud usage and the benefits they bring. Let’s get started, shall we?

Cloud Computing for Big Data

Big data is another buzzword that is a big thing among businesses. Big data allows businesses to see the bigger picture by expanding their data gathering and analysis capabilities. The real ingredient of big data analysis, however, is cloud computing.

Cloud computing infrastructure now powers some of the most complex data analysis routines of big companies. More importantly, the same cloud infrastructure is also accessible by small and medium enterprises, allowing them to benefit from big data just as much. There is no initial investment cost to worry about and running costs are extremely low compared to other conventional solutions.

It is not only about collecting a massive amount of data either. Using computing solutions provided by the likes of Microsoft Azure, companies can now run complex analytics and combine internal data (i.e. sales report, customer analysis, etc.) with external data (i.e. market sentiments, social media posts, etc.) to gain a better understanding.

As a result, cloud computing allows businesses to plan better, organise resources better, and monitor operations in a more efficient way. There is also an expanded reporting capability and the added benefit of having your essential data accessible from everywhere.

Cloud Computing for Data Protection

Another way in which cloud computing is helping businesses operate better is by allowing for enhanced data protection. It is worth noting that more than 80% of business data and files are stored digitally. Sufficient data protection measures are critical to the wellbeing and success of most businesses today, including your business.

Unlike physical servers, which also rely on physical drives as a way to store data, a single cloud cluster consists of multiple servers – hundreds or even thousands in some cases – that store data in a redundant way. The cluster itself will not fail when several physical servers fail, and the health of the cluster can be restored easily.

The way cloud environments are set up also brings one added benefit: flexibility. Today, you can also use multi cloud to combine multiple cloud computing services like Azure, Oracle, and AWS, along with solutions such as VMWare and OpenStack, to create a unified, immensely flexible environment. Multi cloud itself is meant to be flexible.

Multi cloud for the public sector can be configured to focus heavily on security and data protection while offering immense flexibility. For businesses, the same multi cloud environment can be configured to boost performance and reliability. Even personal users now benefit from solutions running on a multi-cloud layer.

More Use Cases

The possibilities are endless with cloud computing, and it is only getting better. Online businesses can turn to cloud computing to make dealing with sudden spikes of traffic easy. As a business owner, you can also use cloud computing and cloud solutions to make your mission-critical data accessible at any time.

The real benefits are there. The only thing to do now is to find the best ways to integrate cloud computing and cloud solutions with your existing business workflows. This too is an easy challenge to overcome.