Cloud computing is an emerging technology that has revolutionized the way people and businesses engage in routine activities. Cloud-based utilities allow users to access computing services and resources without necessarily purchasing, installing and maintaining an elaborate computer system. Computing resources such as storage space, internet, software, databases, and platforms are accessible remotely on an on-demand basis, via an internet connection. Cloud-based computing services have made the access and use of computing resources easy. Here are some of the positive implications of cloud-based computing.
Computing Convenience and Reliability
Cloud-based computing services are conveniently accessible to users. A user can log into their user account and access specific computing resources from anywhere as long as there is a reliable internet connection. Businesses do not have to maintain large, costly data centers, which are often inefficient and expensive to main. The cloud entails the pooling of computing resources by the service provider, who then avails the various services to subscribers. When a user does not need a specific computing service, such as software, they relinquish it, and it becomes available for other people to use.
The user can easily access cloud-based services such as databases and platforms, where they can perform a wide range of business and personal tasks. MongoDB, for example, is considered a “Database as a service”, or DBaaS utility which web developers and other users can readily access and use. When the user is not using the database, they can log out, releasing the service to the people who may need it at that time.
Setting up a computer system in a business or at home is costly. It entails purchasing the computer hardware and software, and services such as the internet and cyber security systems. It also requires computer experts to install and continuously maintain and upgrade the system to ensure optimal functionality. For small firms, and individual users, the costs may be too high, yet the computing resources may be underutilized. Cloud-based computing provides reliable computing services to users at cost-efficient terms. The subscriber only pays for what they are using at a time. The cost of subscribing to the cloud-based services is significantly lower than the setup and maintenance expenses.
MongoDB, an open-access, cloud-based database, is an excellent example of how cost-efficient the cloud-based services are. To use the database, a user only needs to subscribe to the database and log on whenever they need to perform a task. Millions of users can access and use the database at a time, yet it does not break down. Building such a database took time and extensive financial, human and other resources, which can be prohibitive for individuals and most businesses.
Scalability of Computing Resources
Cloud-based services are readily scalable to accommodate changes in service demand by users. For example, internet-as-a-service, software-as-a-service, and storage-as-a-service utilities can be scaled up and down, automatically, to suit fluctuations in demand. For example, during peak hours, a company may need a higher internet bandwidth. At that time, the internet-as-as-service scales up to meet the user’s needs. Scalability is closely associated with the reliability of the cloud.
The cloud-based services are changing the way people perform different tasks at home and in the workplace. The cloud-based solutions have benefitted businesses and individuals greatly. As cloud-based computing technologies continue to improve, users may get better solutions.