Cloud computing documentation

Cloud computing is expected to grow by $25.4 bn between 2022 and 2026. Even though cloud-based technology permeates every aspect of our daily lives. This includes the business market, there are still questions regarding what cloud computing and cloud computing documentation entail. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about cloud computing.

What is Cloud Computing?

The Oxford dictionary defines cloud computing as “a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data.” As a result of its on-demand structure, cloud computing provides services such as databases, storage, software, analytics, applications, and other IT needs. In addition, cloud computing innovations allow all users access to data anytime and anywhere.

What is the Difference Between Traditional IT & Cloud Computing?

A traditional IT model consists of physical hardware for a computer system or network to function. Businesses that operate with a traditional infrastructure will own and have full access to a physical server. Their IT department manages and maintains all of the organization’s data onsite. In contrast, cloud computing makes use of off-site or remote servers that are still maintained and accessed via the internet on demand by multiple users. The main difference between traditional IT and cloud computing is how data is processed and how much is stored.

What are the Benefits of Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing allows businesses to instantaneously access their data and any related resources, services, and applications from any location. There is no requirement for physical hardware. Instead, businesses can adapt to changes in their business operations and purchase software relevant to their business needs, which helps reduce the cost of managing and maintaining an IT system. The pay-as-you-go option can save businesses time and money. Cloud computing also provides large storage capacity, automatic updates, and data recovery capabilities to ensure data is safe and secure in an emergency.

What are the Disadvantages of Cloud Computing?

Training personnel and security are disadvantages of cloud computing. A business that adopts cloud computing may have unfamiliar employees who are reluctant to learn the new skills and knowledge about this technology. On the other hand, employers may hire employees with cloud technology and cloud computing documentation if they lack training. However, cybercriminals are using the same advanced technology to steal valuable data, which means there is always the threat of cyberattacks.

What are the Types of Cloud Computing?

Public Cloud: The general public has access to use applications and other computing services through the internet by a third-party provider. Amazon Web Services is an example of a public cloud.

Private Cloud: However, a cloud service that is used exclusively in an organization. Only authorized individuals in the private network can access, use, and store data.

Hybrid Cloud: Although, this cloud combines public and private cloud methods.

What are the Types of Cloud Services?

There are three models of cloud service. 

IaaS- (Infrastructure as a Service) – is a cloud service that allows companies access to various infrastructures such as servers, data storage, firewalls, virtual machines, network resources, operating systems, and more. In addition, companies can customize these infrastructures immediately when developing specialized applications without the hassle of setting up cloud hardware first. IaaS internet usage and has a pay-as-you-go model.

PaaS- (Platform as a Service) – is often used by software developers. Also, PaaS are tools to help simplify the creation and development process of software and web-based applications. With the use of PaaS, businesses can build applications for multiple platforms with ease.

SaaS- (Software as a Service) – is a cloud service that allows users to access web-based applications over the internet on a subscription basis. This type of cloud service is the most familiar of the three. Google apps are part of SaaS.

What are Some Cloud Computing Service Providers?

There are many emerging cloud services available. However, here are the most popular cloud computing service providers:

  • Alibaba Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Cloud
  • IBM Cloud
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Oracle
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Salesforce
  • SAP
  • VMWare

What is a cloud Strategy?

A cloud strategy is a detailed plan to outline a business. However, the objectives is to transfer your operations to the cloud successfully. Also, include choosing the right cloud model (public, private, hybrid) that best suits your business needs, what data you will migrate first, and if it coincides with your existing strategies. Depending on your business, this guideline may include but is not limited to financial options, employee development, maintenance plan, implementation timeframe, security governance, and more.

Conclusion

Cloud technology has revolutionized how we do business. As this technology continues to evolve, so should your cloud knowledge. Regardless of your cloud transformation stage, asking the right questions will be the key to navigating what works for your business operation.

How can EDC help?

Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, EDC can help optimize the development of your staff, by designing a cloud strategy that aligns with your company’s objective. In addition, we have technical writers who are highly-trained in cloud computing documentation; EDC can assess your weaknesses, recommend cloud solutions to improve daily operations that will increase your overall productivity.

How Essential Data Corporation can help you 

Whether you need a single software technical writer for a brief project or a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation, the quality of our work is guaranteed for you. Our clients work closely with an Engagement Manager from one of our 30 local offices for the entire length of your project at no additional cost. Contact us at (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us