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21 Dec 2023

How Cloud Connectivity Is Changing the Business World

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Sharon Duchin
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Cloud computing has revolutionized the business world since its emergence. It began in the early 2000s when companies like Amazon, Google, and Salesforce started offering scalable, on-demand computing resources over the internet. By enabling easy access to data and applications from anywhere, at any time, cloud technology allows organizations to focus more on their core functions rather than spend valuable time setting up complex networking infrastructure. 

Today, as work environments grow increasingly hybrid, cloud connectivity has become essential for effective collaboration. Cloud technology also makes it easier for businesses to scale up or down as needed in response to changing market conditions or customer demand, without needing additional capital investment in IT infrastructure or personnel training costs associated with traditional IT solutions.

In this article, we’ll explore five key ways in which you can use cloud computing methods to transform your business. We’ll also look at the specific benefits of using a cloud connectivity platform to get the most value from your investment in cloud technology.

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What is cloud connectivity?

Cloud connectivity refers to the ability of devices, applications, or systems to connect and interact with cloud services and resources over the internet. It enables data storage, sharing, and processing in remote servers, so users can access information or utilize software from anywhere with an internet connection. This technology has revolutionized how businesses and individuals access and leverage computing resources, making data and services more accessible and scalable.

The Cloud and Cost Efficiency

Cloud computing fundamentally transforms the traditional IT landscape by eliminating the need for upfront hardware and software investments. Instead of purchasing and maintaining their own servers and infrastructure, businesses can access computing resources, storage, and software applications through cloud service providers on a pay-as-you-go basis. This shift minimizes the financial burden of acquiring and maintaining physical hardware, leading to significant cost savings. It also eliminates the risk of overprovisioning or underutilizing resources, as businesses can easily scale their cloud usage up or down based on their evolving needs. Granular cost control is particularly beneficial during periods of fluctuating demand, such as seasonal spikes or unforeseen surges in traffic.

Other key cost-saving advantages of cloud computing lie in energy consumption and IT personnel requirements. With traditional on-premises infrastructure, businesses must allocate resources and budget for hardware upgrades and energy costs associated with data centers. Cloud providers handle these responsibilities, guaranteeing that servers are always up to date and efficiently managed. This results in lower energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, businesses can streamline their IT teams, as they no longer need to dedicate personnel to hardware management, allowing them to reallocate staff to more strategic initiatives.

In essence, cloud computing empowers organizations to achieve significant cost savings while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to evolving business requirements.

Cloud Storage Space

Unlike traditional on-site servers, cloud storage offers businesses virtually limitless storage capacity, significantly reducing the need for on-premises infrastructure expansion. Businesses can manage their data growth without the costly investment in physical space to house them. 

Furthermore, cloud storage enhances convenience and accessibility for employees, fostering seamless collaboration  and file sharing. Team members can access their data and documents from any location with an internet connection, using various devices such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets. This accessibility enables real-time collaboration, as multiple users can work on the same document simultaneously, irrespective of their geographic location. Cloud storage solutions often include advanced security and permission settings, ensuring data remains protected and confidential while still allowing for smart collaboration. 

Fault Tolerance of Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing offers robust fault tolerance and high availability by distributing data and applications across multiple servers and geographically diverse locations. This resilience significantly reduces downtime. When data and applications are distributed across multiple servers and locations, the likelihood of a complete system failure is greatly reduced. In the event of a hardware failure, software glitch, or even a natural disaster impacting one server or location, traffic can be automatically rerouted to other functioning servers or locations. This redundancy makes sure that services remain accessible to users, thus enhancing business continuity.

High availability in cloud computing also mitigates the risk of data loss. Data is often replicated and synchronized across multiple servers and locations, which means that even if one instance is compromised, data remains intact and accessible from other sources. Additionally, cloud providers typically offer backup and disaster recovery services, further safeguarding data against unexpected incidents. This not only protects critical business information but also keeps customer trust intact, as services are consistently available.

Scalability in Cloud Technology

Scalability is a critical factor for businesses in today’s dynamic and competitive environment. Cloud computing offers several advantages when it comes to scalability, enabling businesses to adjust their resources quickly based on fluctuating demands. This elasticity not only enhances customer satisfaction but also improves innovation capabilities, making cloud computing a fundamental enabler of modern business agility.

Cloud services are typically available on a pay-as-you-go or pay-per-use model. This means businesses can provision additional resources on-demand, often with just a few clicks or through automated scaling policies. Without long procurement cycles or hardware investments, businesses can respond quickly to changing market conditions. Many cloud providers even offer auto-scaling capabilities, allowing businesses to set predefined rules or policies for resource scaling without manual intervention, providing a smooth customer experience. When combined with load balancing services that distribute incoming traffic across multiple instances of an application, resources are allocated where they are needed most.

Another related advantage that is inherent to cloud technology is scalability across geographical locations. Cloud providers have data centers in multiple regions worldwide. This global reach allows businesses to expand their operations without the need for significant infrastructure investments. They can easily deploy applications and services closer to their customers, reducing latency and improving user experience.

Lean Management through Cloud Services

Cloud computing simplifies IT management by shifting the responsibility for infrastructure maintenance, updates, and security from the business itself to cloud service providers. 

Firstly, the significant capital expenditure and ongoing operational costs required for infrastructure is offloaded to cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP). These providers offer a vast array of infrastructure services, including virtual servers, storage, and networking, that can be provisioned and managed through web interfaces or APIs.

Secondly, cloud providers automatically handle software updates and patch management for the underlying infrastructure. This guarantees that the systems are up to date and secure without requiring manual intervention from the business’s IT team. Managing updates in this way minimizes downtime and makes sure that critical security vulnerabilities are promptly addressed. In fact, cloud service providers invest heavily in security measures and compliance certifications. They offer features like firewall management, encryption, identity and access management, and threat detection, helping to protect data and applications hosted in the cloud. This is particularly beneficial in heavily regulated industries where regulatory compliance can be a complex and resource-intensive task for businesses.

Finally, cloud providers offer a range of managed services, such as databases, analytics, and machine learning, which can reduce the burden on internal IT teams and accelerate the deployment of new applications and services. By offloading routine IT tasks to cloud providers, businesses can redirect internal IT resources to more strategic initiatives, innovation, and core competencies. IT professionals can focus on accelerating their innovation cycles by easily testing new ideas, developing prototypes, and rolling out new features or services without the constraints of traditional infrastructure.

Teridion: Get the Benefits of a Cloud Connectivity Platform for Cloud Adoption and Migration

Teridion excels as an AI-powered Network as a Service (NaaS) platform dedicated to elevating the performance, dependability, and security of cloud-based ecosystems. Our cutting-edge patented technology empowers organizations to enhance their cloud-based architectural deployments.

As a cloud-native solution, Teridion makes even the most advanced cloud integrations highly efficient. We create a dynamic network infrastructure that interconnects numerous points of presence and interfaces with 25 top-tier cloud service providers, including giants like Amazon, Azure, and Google. Our solutions play a pivotal role in augmenting connectivity and elevating application performance within hybrid cloud and multi-cloud infrastructures. This is achieved through refined traffic routing, latency reduction, and effortless integration. 

Moreover, our steadfast commitment to security, featuring encryption and secure connections, bolsters data protection, ensuring that your information remains safeguarded. We offer all-encompassing solutions to optimize network performance within distributed computing environments, addressing the demands of remote and hybrid work setups. In this way, businesses can leverage the scalability of the public cloud while keeping their data secure.

By tapping into Teridion’s network expertise, businesses get the most from their investments in cloud networking technologies. 

Explore Teridion’s offerings to discover how we can enhance your organization’s digital transformation. 

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Sharon Duchin

Head of Marketing

Sharon Duchin is the Head of Marketing at Terdion. Prior to joining Teridion she was the CMO of several startups, as well as a Business Unit Manager at Keter Plastic and a Marketing Manager at General Mills USA. Sharon Holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from the Hebrew University.
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