Cloud computing software development is a key technology trend for the years to come. Research from Bain & Company indicated that by 2020, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) would increase by 18% CAGR. But what exactly is cloud computing all about, and how can it help your business?
Read this article to find out the key advantages and challenges of cloud computing, in-depth information about cloud computing service models, and outsourcing cloud computing.
What is cloud computing? Definition and benefits
Cloud computing refers to a way of delivering technology to consumers or employees via internet servers that process and store data while the client system uses it. In the past, the software had to be shipped on a CD, and users needed to manually download the updates to keep their program secure and free of bugs.
With cloud computing, you can deliver software and services over the internet without the need for using any traditional installation media. When the internet became capable of transmitting massive amounts of data in short periods, delivering entire services online became possible – and that’s what we call Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
It doesn’t matter whether the client-side uses a desktop computer, a laptop, or a mobile device. Cloud computing ensures that the software is delivered on their devices and doesn’t require the device to come with high computing power.
Cloud computing systems and technologies
When designing computer networks, IT professionals usually connect computers with lines representing cables and connections. That’s also how switches and servers are connected to each other as well. When such networks are connected, engineers may use a simplified representation of the network in the form of a cloud. That’s why so many services today are called cloud services – they rely on this complex network to work. As a network, the internet provides companies with numerous cost-effective alternatives to owning their services on local servers.
Benefits and challenges of cloud computing
High accessibility and mobility
One of the greatest benefits of cloud computing is that it provides users with unparalleled accessibility of resources (data, applications, service, and others.). Cloud-based tools are accessible from anywhere, at any time, and from any type of device (this is called the ATAWAD logic). The only condition is that the device is connected to the internet. Since data and applications aren’t stored locally, they’re always available – even if a user loses access to their device.
Cloud computing made services much more flexible to meet the demands of organizations today. Cloud-based solutions can be adjusted at any time, depending on the current needs and the business processes of your company. For example, most cloud tools allow you to reduce or increase the resources available and pay only for what you consume. Moreover, these resources can be easily shared – for instance, a team can work on the same document in real-time. With this flexibility comes greater agility as services now no longer require complex infrastructure, which is expensive to maintain and impossible to resize.
Maintenance and updates
Another key advantage of cloud computing is that all of the maintenance burdens are taken care of by the service provider. They’re the ones who implement updates and ensure that the service runs smoothly, allowing you to focus on mission-critical tasks and optimizing your work. All the updates are rolled out automatically and cause no interruption to service. Most providers offer new features and optimizations regularly too.
Cloud computing provides greater security in comparison to traditional and internal infrastructures. Constrained by time and budget, companies can’t ensure such a level of security of their own IT systems. Cloud providers guarantee this security by offering high-quality security systems and services such as data replication, Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), Business Continuity Plan (BCP), as well as the latest security technologies.
Cloud computing also offers a method for greater control of costs related to your IT infrastructure. You can easily adjust the resources allocated into your infrastructure, depending on your changing needs by increasing or decreasing the resources available. You’ll pay only for what you consume as part of the Pay as You Go model, which is a standard in cloud-based solutions. You won’t have to deal with any expenses related to the maintenance and renewing of your equipment (both hardware and software) to optimize your operational and business costs.
Top cloud computing services
In general, cloud computing can be categorized into four types:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – providing the infrastructure with elements such as servers, operating systems, networks, virtual machines, and storage.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – this is a service used in developing, testing, and maintaining applications. It provides additional tools such as a database management system DBMS and Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – this service connects users to the applications through the internet, usually on a subscription basis.
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS) – it provides virtual desktops hosted by a supplier and accessible from anywhere through the internet.
Just to give you an idea of different cloud providers, here’s a closer look at three of the most popular ones.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Considered the safest and best-protected platform of cloud services, AWS offers a broad range of infrastructure services like database storage, computing power, and networking. You can use it to build complex applications that need to be flexible, scalable, and reliable.
Microsoft’s cloud platform is used for deploying, designing, and managing applications through a worldwide network. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service that supports various operating systems, databases, tools, programming languages, and frameworks.
IBM Cloud offers Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS via all of the available cloud delivery models. When using it, you can choose and unite different tools, data models, and delivery models in designing next-generation services or applications. The IBM Bluemix Cloud platform allows incorporating high0-performing cloud communications and services into IT environments.
Outsourcing and cloud computing services
As one of the leading providers of integrated software development services, Codete offers cloud computing software development solutions that are fully maintained by our teams of experts. We help our clients integrate cloud-based technologies to introduce new standards of efficiency for their platforms used for tasks ranging from Big Data computations to delivering services to end-users.
Our cloud-based software development services have been growing as we rely on a long-term strategy that ensures the reliable delivery of service and maintenance to our business partners. Our objective is to provide our clients with compliant, well-secured, and reliable solutions and services that are based in the cloud.
Codete cloud computing services – case study
Raisin is a leading organization of pan-European money-saving banking products. It’s a versatile tool that allows users to find investment opportunities, regardless of their place of residence within Europe. We helped Raising build their core product, the deposit location system. We created a dedicated IT team made up of backend engineers with FinTech expertise who create a tailor-made solution based on Abacus, a technology widely used by global leaders in digital banking.
Our team created Raisin’s platform for browsing and comparing hundreds of financial products offered by European banks. Cloud computing software development was a key part of the project.
Cloud computing holds great potential for organizations that want to stay nimble and enable fast growth through access to flexible and scalable resources. By teaming up with an experienced technology partner like Codete, you can make the most of the cloud-based solutions for your business. Get in touch with us if you’re looking for a team of talented engineers who know how to make the cloud work. We helped companies across different industries to optimize their options thanks to cloud computing.