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What Is Cloud Computing In Layman Language?

Subhash was a smart, innovative, and self-starter, 23 yrs old guy who started a small business with a limited budget. He always wanted to curtail the business expenses smartly and wanted to opt for smarter investment techniques. In the initial phase of his business, he noticed he faced some costly and severe challenges.

He enlisted the top challenges, and one of them was buying hardware for each employee along with the software and their licenses which he discovered were extremely taxing. Moreover, he detected other problems like storage capacity, keeping updates for the newest software, and ongoing trends in the market. He felt with every new hire, and more software was needed; such problems worsened the situation and distracted him from his business goals. So he researched and finally chose Cloud computing- A smart and user-friendly choice that is easy on the pocket.

Flashback

In the earliest of days when Homo sapiens grew, they beautifully transformed themselves as humans from apes. Grew a little: understood basic needs- Food, clothing, shelter. Grew more- found mediums to fulfill those necessities. Then they started ‘Developing,’ now they had farmed for food, wells for water, mills for clothes, bricks for homes. Necessities give birth to utilities. The same scenario applies to business computing. One of the newest successful utilities is Cloud Computing. Traditionally companies built their own in-house IT infrastructure catering to all the technical needs.

But that involved expensive equipment and servers and installed everything locally – too much hard work involved to make ends meet! Things have changed. With the dawn of cloud computing, a company can have reliable and safer business computing delivered like a utility service. We buy basic utilities for the smooth functioning of our day-to-day lives. Similarly, we ‘BUY’ IT infrastructure as a service! Just spend for what we need and focus on the business, not the technology Jav Leech.

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Technically- What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the provision that allows the user to log into a web-based service that hosts all the programs obligatory for completing the job. The cloud computing service provider runs everything ranging from emailing to word processing to complex data analysis programs. The term ‘cloud’ actually refers to the network of computers which handle all the assigned respective tasks. Cloud computing service providers charge for the Maintenance and management of data inputs by clients. Cloud computing has emerged as the next big thing in the dome of application software, storage, hardware, and platform flexibility that provides easy solutions to the most complex things! The system favors all sizes of business but proves really fruitful for middle and small-sized ones.

All one needs to avail of the service is a basic computer system, web browser, and the internet. It has become the lifeline of organizations seeking a simple solution to the compound problem of choosing and organizing software as per each employee’s work area. Have you ever noticed every internet user prominently benefits from cloud computing? The finest examples of cloud computing are Gmail, Amazon web services, Google applications, where a browser helps the user access the application whenever she/he feels like it.

How does it work?

Knowing how cloud computing works is interesting. The structural design can be categorized into two main sections: Front end and back end. The front end is controlled by the end-user or client or, say, the web browser that uses the cloud services. The back end is the network of servers with any computer program and data storage system that runs, handles, and maintains the cloud (Succinctly- The service provider).

Cloud has a centralized server administration system. The centralized server administers the system, balances and adjusts client supply and demands, monitors traffic, and avoids congestion. This server follows a set of rules (protocol) known as middleware. As the name suggests, Middleware is the intermediary that allows networked computers to communicate with each other. Observing the other side of the process, one can rename cloud computing as green computing because it helps successfully conserve power energy.

Can Cloud computing be pocket-friendly?

Cloud computing is cost-effective too. Unlike traditional computing, the service condenses “Hard Costs” like the cost of hardware, infrastructure, software licenses, and “Soft costs” such as IT staffing, troubleshooting, energy costs to run the servers, desktops, and cooling the entire server room. As far as data maintenance costs are involved, they are too reduced as they are maintained by the service provider (They perform the complete set of tasks, from running the cloud to storing data). In addition, the need for high storage hard drives can be snubbed away as all the data is stored on a remote computer.

Breakdown of the system can cause the owner a serious nervous breakdown because of high data recovery and system repair costs, not to ignore the data loss. In such situations, the show goes on because the data can be operated from the remote computer from any place! The market is in favor of the buyer. In the past three years, several service providers have swelled. In this computing arena, we have crucial players like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Intel, and many others competing hard to build effective and impressive clouds for their clients.

Roberto Brock
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