The availability of stable and fast internet connections has been a requirement for the increasing use of the cloud, not only for private purposes but also for business. Companies have thus become increasingly aware of the limitations of the traditional IT approach and, in contrast, of the benefits of the cloud. Cloud adoption and the use of cloud computing are now a matter of remaining competitive and being able to adapt flexibly and quickly to changes in technology and new market conditions for most companies.
Cloud for business – use cases
Until a few years ago, the general opinion was that cloud computing was not ideal for every business. Fortunately, this view has since been overcome, and the range of uses for the cloud in your business gives it exciting potential. No matter how big your business is or what segment you operate in. In particular, the cloud is most used in the following key use cases:
The most common and basic use of cloud computing is related to data storage. Your data no longer needs to be stored on physical servers, for which it is often difficult and expensive to secure. You can use third-party public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud. These big players in cloud solutions bring you a high level of security and scalability. They are cost-effective even for small businesses that cannot afford private or hybrid cloud solutions.
One of the early uses of the cloud was backing up data on physical media. Following the 3-2-1 rule (having 3 copies of your data on 2 different media and 1 offsite) is the golden rule of data backup within IT, even more so when it comes to sensitive corporate data. The cloud is an ideal “third” backup location as restoring backups from the cloud is fast and can help companies avoid catastrophic data loss.
SaaS – Software as a Service
SaaS solutions are centrally hosted in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Due to their extreme flexibility, scalability, and availability, SaaS platforms have gained particular attention in recent years. It is no exaggeration to say that they are successfully replacing traditional “out-of-the-box” software solutions.