Updated: Sep 12, 2022
Scaling your business has never been this cheap. Back in the day if you decided to
scale your business, it posed a lot of obstacles and things that any response will give
a lot of thought to, the amount of risk it involved only made individuals skeptical
about their product. With cloud computing existing these days, it has made life for
business owners easy with giving them options to store any amount of data
requiring a very small subscription fee.
Most cloud computing services fall into five categories:
1) Software as a service (SaaS)
2) Platform as a service (PaaS)
3) Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
4) Anything/Everything as a service (XaaS)
5) Function as a Service (FaaS)
Cloud Computing has a lot of applications and can be used for storing data mainly
but is very helpful for other things as well.
The phrase Cloud computing, is a blanket term for different types of cloud services,
- Cloud storage: These services store and back up your files for regular access.
Files can also be shared and synced across devices.
- Cloud backup: Cloud backup is designed to serve as protection against
experiences like a server crash, cyberattack or other data loss.
- Software as a service (SaaS): SaaS solutions use the web to provide a service.
Examples of SaaS application include Office 365, Google Apps, QuickBooks
Online and Salesforce. SaaS solutions may also be called platform as a service.
- Cloud hosting: These solutions facilitate multiple types of information sharing,
such as email services, application hosting, web-based phone systems and
In other words, including web hosting and file storage, a cloud solution can handle
numerous business-related tasks.
As a small business, what are it’s advantages?
There are many benefits in using Cloud computing for a small business, for example
it saves time and money while boosting productivity, and collaboration and
Both small and midsize businesses can benefit cloud computing solutions. If you’re
still not convinced here are five additional benefits
Extremely accessible data
Cloud computing stores data on the internet, rather than storing the information on
your computer or office server. Therefore, information is accessible from anywhere
with any compatible device. That’s to say, from a central web-based hub, information
is available to anyone with internet and the proper credentials access from any
Maintains consistency between users
Collaboration is key when multiple workers are working on the same digital file. The
most up-to-date version is required to keep the team informed. Most importantly,
with cloud computing the individual team members can access the most up-to-date
version of files from wherever they are because all cloud-hosted files are stored in the
same central location. As a result, data is automatically synced between all devices.
Allows for remote programs
Cloud computing allows users to access all types of files and applications as though
they were in the office. And since businesses rely on specialized software normally
found on company computers in the office, cloud computing makes it easy to set up
the office at the kitchen table. That’s to say, the barrier of entry is removed for
employees to use programs where they are physically, whether at home, on the road
or onsite, easily.
Easy data backup
At any time really, catastrophic data loss can happen. It generally occurs from natural
disasters, power surges, or hardware failure. Unfortunately, within the same year as
the data loss, research has found that affected companies are at an increased risk of
So, business owners have peace of mind that important files are safe even if
hardware fails. But only if they store their important data in the cloud.
Small businesses often have small budgets and cloud computing can definitely-
save- money. A physical sever is initially an expensive outlay, then equipment
requires maintenance, warranty, time, expertise and money. All the while they can be
prone to downtime. However, a cloud computing provider stores data for you
without all the downsides. Cloud services are often a monthly expense, making
budgeting easier. But it’s a manageable and predictable expense and in contrast to a
physical server, costs much less overall, in general.
So, cloud computing helps small businesses operate cost efficiently, more effectively
and easily by allowing remote access.
What types of cloud services do businesses use?
Cloud-computing has a wide range of services, such as accounting software,
customer service tools and remote desktop hosting. Categorized into three groups,
these services include: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS)
and software as a service (SaaS).
Infrastructure as a service
In-house web hosting servers, the physical hardware, are replace by IaaS. IaaS helps
businesses take advantage of a range of configurations to handle different workload
needs, by providing things like virtual servers or virtual machines. In this categories,
two of the key players are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Platform as a service
Software developers are given access through this cloud service, to cloud-based tools
like APIs, gateway software or web portals. Popular solutions in this category are
services like Salesforce’s Lightning, the Google App Engine and AWS’ Elastic
Software as a service
SaaS applications let workers collaborate on projects, download important files and
work directly on specialized computer programs. Basically, SaaS gives users access to
software over the internet. All accessible through computers, or mobile devices with
an internet connection. Services like Microsoft Office 365 or Google Workspace are
well known in this category.
Certainly, most cloud services are categorized infrastructure as a service (IaaS),
platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).
Certainly now you can see for yourself that these services are extremely useful and is
a lot beneficial for all these services.
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