3 Ways to Leverage Cloud Computing in 2019
By this stage, almost every business in the country uses business solutions and systems running in the cloud as part of their operational workflows. Cloud solutions are the norm and businesses are benefiting a lot from both the expanded availability and added resources offered by cloud computing in general.
Still, there are more ways to benefit from cloud computing, especially with the technologies supporting cloud infrastructure today. As cloud services introduce new features, you have more ways to leverage cloud computing for the benefit of your business. We are going to discuss some of them in this article.
Improved Efficiency with Multi-Cloud
A few years ago, the idea of using multiple cloud services to maximise the benefits was not worth considering. The approach was far too complicated, and the complex nature outweighed the benefits. Today, however, you can take advantage of several cloud services and platforms for the benefits they offer.
The key here is integrated multi-cloud platforms. A solution can run its database core using Oracle, take advantage of the availability of Azure, and integrate OpenStack or VMWare at the same time. This means you can keep your business solutions running effectively across all of these platforms by placing resource requests to the right platform.
The approach is also much simpler to implement. Rather than dividing resources manually and managing traffic between platforms using conventional means, you can rely on third-party services and automation to optimise the flow. Read about it in more detail and find information on multi cloud platforms from UKCloud to explore this approach further.
Better Cost Efficiency
Another way cloud computing has advanced is in its cost structure. The pay-as-you-go model isn’t something new, but the modular nature of modern cloud means you can go into the details of how you invest in cloud computing. Rather than paying an hourly rate for all of the resources, you can dig deeper and fine-tune the resources you want to use.
As expected, this means cloud computing is more cost-efficient than ever. It is also much better at handling spikes in requests and mitigating risks. When you want to set up redundant cloud servers on AWS, for example, you only need one EC2 instance for as many S3 storage instances you use. Moving from one copy of your solution to the next is also easier.
The approach allows you to pay for aspects like storage, networking, computing, and use of other server resources separately, all while keeping the total cost of using the cloud manageable. All that is needed to push the cost efficiency of your cloud implementation is attention to detail.
Automation as the Way Forward
That attention to detail brings us to our third approach, which is automation. In order to be able to focus on the details that matter, you have to delegate mundane tasks. Rather than expanding your human team and risking more human errors, you can now automate most of the maintenance and operational tasks.
Log analysis, server clean-up, and changes that normally require human input can be fully automated. The same can be said for more advanced tasks, including monitoring the cloud environment for anomalies and sending notifications when they are detected.
To take it a step further, artificial intelligence and tools based on AI are made available to server admins. Combined with the use of third-party tools, there is nothing about the smooth operation of a cloud environment that cannot be fully automated.
These three approaches allow businesses to maximise the benefits of using cloud services. They are not just useful for increasing operational effectiveness and cost efficiency, but also very rewarding in terms of return on investment and long-term gains.
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