Everyone uses cloud these days. Yes, even you. In fact, you are using cloud right this very moment to read this article. Surprised? If you only discovered this fact after reading the previous sentences, then it’s high time you learn more about cloud solutions. Start the New Year right by learning more about it.
Cloud computing is the act of storing, managing, and processing data using a network of Internet-hosted remote server. The fact that you can read this article, even though it’s not stored in any server in your building, means that you are using cloud.
Despite its prevalence, however, not a lot of people know much about this impressive technology. This article aims to remedy that issue with a list of facts that break down the intricacies of cloud computing.
- Rather than through a computer's internal storage or hard drive, data in cloud is accessed through the Internet.
- Cloud computing enables multiple computers to on a local network to access and share data, making it a popular technology for organizations of all sizes, sectors, and staffing levels.
- It is also used for backup purposes – a fail-safe in case of hard drive failures, file corruptions, and other data-destroying issues.
- There are three types of cloud solutions in Singapore and other countries: private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud.
- Using cloud is one of the safest and most secure ways to store and manage data.
- Since it doesn't need an IT system or department to run, cloud computing is at least 40 times more cost-efficient compared to traditional data management services.
- Government bodies rely heavily on cloud solutions. Experts believe that government agencies are the biggest cloud users in the world. Statistics show that nearly a half of the government agencies in the US use it. Every year, they spend approximately $2 billion to developing, reinforcing, and maintaining cloud services.
- Banks produce the most cloud activity. This due to the increase in online and mobile banking solutions in the previous years. Money management services like Paypal, crowd funding services like Kickstarter, and the upsurge of digital currencies like Bitcoin also contributed to cloud's rise to the top.
- For every 600 smartphones in use, a new cloud server is created. The same thing happens for every 120 tablets in use. This is because instead of their internal storage, most mobile devices nowadays rely more on cloud solutions when it comes to data management. They automatically hook up to cloud and launch a desktop-type solution to give you access to your files.
- Companies who adopted cloud reported an increase in mobility and revenue after a year. This is because cloud promotes easy usage, cuts costs on equipment, minimizes data issues and enhances system security. More than 90% of these companies observed improvements in their IT department in just six months.
- Experts predict that 30% of service-focused organizations will move the majority of their applications to cloud by 2018.
- Experts predict that, by 2020, 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data, or 40 zettabytes, will be hosted in cloud.
- Experts predict that by 2020, 78% of small companies in the US will rely solely on cloud-computing for their business needs and transactions.
Cloud solutions will, without a doubt, continue to dominate and transform the online landscape. So, expand your knowledge about it. Learn how to use cloud computing strategically for yourself or your business to make the most out of 2018!