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In the current global situation, cloud computing is proving itself to be an unsung hero in keeping businesses operating by giving workers access to their everyday databases and programmes without any headaches. However, for some companies, preparing for a work from home force was a struggle and they needed to source different ways to ensure that remote working could be achieved. Which category did you fall into? If it was the latter, then our article this week will help shed some light on the world of cloud computing and its benefits to you.
Cloud Computing has been around for about 20 years now and if you’re unfamiliar with the term, it is defined as the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Currently, around 90% of companies are running on a hosted cloud service and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are dominating the world of cloud as a vendor with a market share of 32% (data from 451 Research).
In terms of spending, the United States of America tops the global project spending report conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Its market is larger than that of the next four countries combined. To give you an overview, here are the countries who spent the most on cloud technology in 2019:
The US – £96.3 billion
China – £8.1 billion
The UK – £7.7 billion
Germany – £7.3 billion
Japan – £5.7 billion
The way the global cloud computing market is going, its worth is expected to be £482.2 billion by 2023. That’s more than Google’s, Apple’s, Microsoft’s and IBM’s 2019 revenue combined with enough left over to buy a few islands off the coast of Panama.
There are three primary types of cloud:
Public cloud – Designed for services delivered across the internet.
Private cloud – Designed for internal use by a single organisation.
Hybrid cloud – When a company uses both a public and a private cloud.
The key difference between these types of cloud is who owns the infrastructure. Take this ownership away and they are the same thing.
There are three main models for cloud services:
Software as a Service (SaaS) – Applications which are accessible by the clients via either a web browser or some lightweight applications.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) – A place for application development and testing.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – A wide array of computing resources in a virtual environment. IaaS includes data storage, virtualisation, servers, and networking.
In the world of web hosting, cloud services are often divided into two categories: managed and unmanaged. Unmanaged requires technical expertise as the buyer of the service is responsible for setup and maintenance of the cloud system, while managed supplies the technical expertise.
Nearly two-thirds of organisations see cyber security as the biggest challenge for cloud transformation. By transferring to the cloud, you could be opening yourself up to attack without the proper measures in place. However, cloud is not a trade-off for security and multi-layered systems can be put in place if you have the right people.
Another challenge for migration will be human error, which is why many companies will turn to automation to remove the potential for error. This is because many organisations lack the staff with correct experience for cloud adoption.
Transferring to the cloud offers many benefits for your business. Most relevant would be the ability to set up a virtual office and the flexibility of connecting to your business at any time, from any device and anywhere – streamlining access to your data. Other benefits include reduced IT costs, continuity in the face of a crisis, scalability depending on the size of your operation and access to automatic updates for your cloud systems.
At People Source we have access to the right people to meet your cloud migration, transformation, cyber security and automation needs. We ourselves have changed to suit the needs of customers and can support your search for the correct specialists through secure video interviewing, cloud based on-boarding and specialist remote workers.
Whether it is on a permanent or contract basis, we can tap into a vast network and connect you with the UK and Europe’s top cloud specialists. Let us help you prepare for the future so you do not find yourself with your back against the wall should we ever be in this situation again.
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