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Cloud Computing and Azure: Benefits & Definitions

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services which includes but is not limited to servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more across the Internet.

Companies offering these computing services are called cloud providers and typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage.

Here we will explore some of the benefits and simplify some of the Azure definitions.

Use of cloud computing

If you use an online service to send emails, edit documents, watch films or TV it is likely that cloud computing is powering these services. Cloud computing is being widely embraced by many companies and industries, below are a few benefits of the cloud:

  • Create new apps and services
  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Host websites and blogs
  • Analyse data for patterns and make predictions
  • Stream audio and video
  • Deliver software on demand

Top Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cost

Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware, software as well as setting up and running on-site data centres. This includes various expenses like internal IT specialists and managing the data and infrastructure.

Speed

Most cloud computing services are provided as a self-service on demand meaning vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks or steps. This gives businesses more flexibility and takes pressure off managing your capacity.

Scale

One of the major benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale and deliver the right amount of IT resources such as computing power, storage, bandwidth and location. This allows you to adapt as your company grows.

Productivity

On site data centres typically require a lot of hardware setup, software patching and other time inefficient IT management practices. Cloud computing takes care of many of these tasks and removes the strain on IT teams.

Performance

Cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres with the upgraded and latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware which reduces network latency for applications and allows for greater economies of scale as things grow.

Reliability

Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive to run.

If you are looking to move your business to the Cloud with Azure, looking for additional IT support or looking to protect your business from cyber threats, then please get in touch with our team of IT experts who will discuss your requirements.

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