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Cloud Computing 101: An Introduction to the Future of Computing

June 8th, 2023 Intech SystemIntech Systems Microsoft Azure

Have you ever found yourself immersed in thoughts, contemplating your favorite podcast, or seeking that late-70s film masterpiece available for a weekend viewing on Netflix? From congratulating colleagues on LinkedIn for their job promotions to reading about how to coast the Indian Ocean in just 10 days, all while seamlessly attending crucial office meetings using the latest features of Office 365—our lives have been transformed by a plethora of digital experiences, spanning gaming, streaming, online shopping, social media, and business SaaS applications. What makes all this possible and connects all these diverse aspects of our daily lives is a phenomenon called cloud computing. In this blog, we will be covering what is cloud computing, the different types of cloud service models, and which one is best suited for your business needs.

So, are you ready to enter the fascinating world of cloud computing? Let’s dive in!

What is Cloud Computing?

When you hear the word “Cloud,” you would normally imagine those white, fluffy pockets of gas floating around in the wide-open skies. However, in a technological context, a new “Cloud” has become the talk of the town.

The term “Cloud Computing” refers to the delivery of computing services over the Internet. These services may include servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence. In addition to eliminating the upfront CAPEX investment, it lowers operating costs, and offers easy accessibility on the go, so you can continue to enjoy your services from anywhere at any time.

While the earliest records of using cloud computing date back to the late 1990s, cloud computing has grown popular in recent years. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global cloud computing market size is projected to reach USD 2,433 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 20% during the forecast period. These statistics stand as a testament to the numerous advantages of adopting the cloud. The exponential growth in recent years can also be attributed to several reasons, the prime among which is the rapid shift in the consumer landscape post the global pandemic. Today, we are generating over 120 zettabytes of data each day, and we are running out of space to save them on our computers and devices, so the obvious choice is a cloud platform that offers an easy way to store vast amounts of data while also promising data security.

As businesses across industries continue to adopt the cloud at an unprecedented rate, it is now becoming increasingly evident that the cloud is the future indeed.

The Types of Clouds

There are four categories of clouds, with three constituting most deployments. Let’s take a look:

  • Private Clouds: Private clouds are dedicated to one user or organization and often run behind their firewall. When the cloud’s IT resources are set aside for a single customer with restricted access, they are considered private. A private cloud combines many of the benefits of cloud computing while also offering the security and control of an on-premises IT infrastructure.
  • Public Clouds: Public clouds use third-party IT equipment. Microsoft Azure*, AWS*, Google Cloud*, and IBM Cloud* are major public cloud providers. Today’s public cloud vendors offer cloud services in their clients’ data centres. This negates location and control and allows split environments to become public clouds. * All trademarks, logos, and brand names are the property of their respective owners.
  • Hybrid Clouds: The hybrid cloud orchestrates, manages, and mobilizes public, private, and on-premises infrastructure. Thus, a corporation can execute and scale traditional or cloud-native workloads on the best computing model using a single, unified, and flexible distributed computing environment.
  • Multi-Cloud: Multi-cloud refers to a deployment model in which at least two separate cloud service providers are used to run an organization’s cloud-based applications for different workloads.

What are the benefits of Cloud Computing?

According to a recent survey by Gartner, 48% of tech companies invest in cloud computing technology innovations. In fact, cloud computing is among the top tech innovation investments for Fortune 500 companies today. Do you know why? Here are the top reasons:

benefits of cloud computing

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits in detail:

  1. Fast implement timelines:

One of the key reasons why the global tech community has been so quick in adopting cloud technology is the faster time to market. Leave it to your cloud service provider and the IT experts to ensure the fast roll-out of your applications or legacy software to the cloud. In addition, moving your operations to the cloud also makes it easier to integrate new applications and deliver additional services. You can now say goodbye to hardware limitations and sluggish procurement processes.

  1. Scaling with flexibility: 

Another one of the key reasons owing to the popularity of the cloud is its ability to increase or decrease IT resources when needed to keep up with the changing demands of the market and your unique business requirements. With the scale-as-you-go option, companies don’t need to invest in the infrastructure to support their highest loads right off the bat.

  1. Maximize cost savings

There are different kinds of cloud service models available in the market to suit your unique requirements, and the best part is you only pay for the resources you actually utilize. As a result, you can save significantly on operational and infrastructure costs. Moreover, you also save on the one thing that matters most: time. So, invest in the cloud and avoid overbuilding and overburdening your IT teams and save the most valuable resource.

  1. Seamless Collaboration

Cloud storage enables you to access your data from anywhere at any time, so no matter where you are located, you can seamlessly collaborate with your team on the other side of the globe through any device, as long as they have a stable internet connection.

  1. Safeguard your data in a connected world

Did you know that adopting a cloud computing software can strengthen your company’s security posture? The top cloud computing service providers in the market today offer the highest level of security features to ensure secure data management.

What are the different types of Cloud Computing Services?

There are three types of models of cloud services for you to deploy as per your unique business requirements based on the level of flexibility and control you need. Here are the three types:

  1. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) offers cloud computing services on-demand basis. Through IaaS, network architects can access fundamental computing resources, including servers, storage, and networking on a pay-as-you-go basis. This flexibility to scale up or down as needed allows the end user to save up on significant costs and ensure business agility.
  2. Platform as a service (PaaS): Platform as a Service (PAAS) offers application developers the hardware and software resources needed for developing apps on the cloud, including software stack, hardware, infrastructure, and even development tools. Simply put, this model of cloud computing services offers easy accessibility to all the resources without the cost or complexity of using on-premise development tools.
  3. Software as a service (SaaS): Software as a Service (SAAS) has become the primary delivery model for a majority of commercial software available in the market today. This type of model is also known as cloud-based software since it is hosted in the cloud, and the end users need to access this application via a web browser or an API that is integrated with the user’s desktop or mobile operating system.

cloud computing service models

Now that we understand the different cloud computing service types, we can see how their brilliant and distinctive integration makes cloud service providers such powerful contenders in the market today. Microsoft’s Azure has accomplished this feat with such brilliance and efficiency that it has become a pioneer in the sector, and it continues to capture the lion’s share of the market with its remarkable functionalities and the integration of AI and ML that enhances the user experience to the next level.

Microsoft Azure and its Ingenious Cloud Service Integration

“The world’s most advanced AI models are coming together with the world’s most universal user interface – natural language – to create a new era of computing,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Across the Microsoft Cloud, we are the platform of choice to help customers get the most value out of their digital spend and innovate for this next generation of AI.”

More than 95% of Fortune 500 companies trust Azure, and many use its hybrid capabilities to innovate and succeed. Microsoft Azure extends key Azure services into on-premises data centers, giving developers a uniform platform for building, testing, and deploying hybrid applications wherever the company needs them. A consistent DevOps process across environments helps this cloud deployment prosper. In the next blog, we will be delving deeper into the capabilities of Microsoft Azure and how best one can leverage them to drive business growth and innovation. Stay tuned.

What’s next in Cloud Computing?

So, here we are in 2023, witnessing how cloud computing has transformed the consumer landscape. Could you have imagined a few years back that in just 2023, we would not only be using AI tools such as ChatGPT and Pictory, but that they would gradually become essential elements of our day-to-day lives?

In fact, did you know that both OpenAI and ChatGPT use Microsoft Azure’s cloud infrastructure to deliver the performance and scale necessary to run their artificial intelligence (AI) training and inference workloads?

It is astounding to think that we have made such great strides in a matter of just a few years. Today, we’re already experiencing the astonishing reality of cloud-powered smart cars, smart cities, smart factories (Industry 4.0), robotics, and more. The growth of the cloud has propelled us into a future where these advancements are no longer a mere concept, but a tangible and thriving part of our everyday lives.

The future aspects of cloud computing and its applications across healthcare, services, education, gaming, agriculture, etc., are revolutionary, and we should consider ourselves lucky to have front-row tickets to watch the innovation and excitement unfold. The only question is: are you prepared?

Do you want to learn about the latest innovations in technology? Contact us at sales@intech-systems.com to explore the capabilities of Microsoft Azure and be at the forefront of cutting-edge technological advancements.

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About Intech:

Intech Systems is a leading IT services company focused on providing world-class implementation and support services for Microsoft Technologies. Intech’s wide range of services helps companies in their digital transformation journeys by providing technology solutions, across all three Microsoft clouds– Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365. With offices in India and the US, Intech has a rich experience of over 40 years, with more than 250 certified consultants, having implemented projects in 10+ countries. Today, Intech is amongst the top managed partners in India and a Microsoft-certified Solutions Partner for Data and AI (Azure), Business Applications, and Digital App and Innovation.

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