Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Cloud computing allows users to store data on other computers or servers. It is cost efficient and reduces the risk of data loss, not to talk of the flexibility in accessing information.

Cloud computing provides real time access to all your information and services all at a go with any device anytime, anywhere. It is the 21st century innovation that minimizes the local way of computing and maximizes the use of the internet to produce real time results. Employees can have instance access to their organization information at their own comfort without not necessarily being in the building of the organization. It also extends to reducing the need to have hardware infrastructures by only having to load one application. That application would allow workers to log into a Web-based service which hosts all the programs the user would need for his or her job. Remote machines owned by another company would run everything from email to word processing to complex data analysis programs.

We convert hardware (server, storage, and network infrastructure) into a pool of computing, storage, and connectivity capabilities that are delivered as services. Its goal is to provide a flexible, standard, and virtualized operating environment that can become a foundation for your company growth.

 Cloud Computing Solutions

SaaS – Software as a service.  These solutions were designed from the ground up to run across the Internet instead of a local network.

Hosted – These products are the same as you would have installed on your local network and are now shared via the Internet.

Scalable cloud servers

It is the idea of a system in which every application or piece of infrastructure can be expanded to handle increased or decreased load without loss of data.Having a scalable cloud server ensures that it can scaled up to handle the load and not crash.

When talking about scalability in cloud computing, we mean – horizontal or vertical scaling.

Vertical scaling

When scaling a system vertically, you add more power to an existing instance. This can mean more memory (RAM), faster storage  or more powerful processors (CPUs).

It is the easier option in that hardware is often trivial to upgrade on cloud platforms , where servers are already virtualized. There is also very little  additional configuration you are required to do at the software level.

Horizontal scaling

Horizontal scaling is slightly more complex. When scaling your systems horizontally, you generally add more servers to spread the load across multiple machines.

With this, however, comes added complexity to your system. You now have multiple servers that require the general administration tasks such as updates, security and monitoring but you must also now sync your application, data and backups across many instances.

Horizontal scaling is often considered a long term advantage, whereas vertical scaling is usually considered a short term advantage.

Benefit of scalable cloud computing

The main benefit of scalable architecture is performance and the ability to handle bursts of traffic or heavy loads with little or no notice. A scalable system can help keep your application or online business running during peak times and not end up losing you money or damaging your reputation. Having your system set up into services can make monitoring, feature updates, debugging and scaling easier.

The ability to meet the demands of your business – whatever they may be – is what makes the cloud so powerful. By cutting loose the ties that bind you to your physical infrastructure, you’re enabled to focus on building out your infrastructure in a more proactive, efficient, cost-saving way. By harnessing the scalability of your cloud environment, you can grow quicker and easier and stay agile all the way.