Cloud computing isn’t new; however, many organizations accelerated the migration of at least a portion of their workflows to the cloud when COVID-19 changed the way we work and conduct business.
With many companies choosing to continue remote or hybrid work environments for the foreseeable future—and the value and benefits of cloud-based applications now firmly established—the high rate of cloud adoption is likely to continue.
What is the cloud?
Cloud computing, or “the cloud,” is the technology that provides on-demand access to computer system resources, such as data storage and computing power, without direct, active management by the user. Cloud services are accessed via the internet, and data is gathered and processed in centralized cloud data centers.
There are three types of cloud in common use by businesses today:
1. Public Cloud
Public cloud is a collection of IT and computing services and resources provided by a third party and shared by multiple clients. Examples of public cloud providers include AmazonWeb Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
There are many benefits of public cloud, such as low cost, increased reliability and uptime, scalability, and little to no maintenance because the third-party service provider handles it for you.
Despite the name, utilizing public cloud services does not expose your data and applications to unauthorized users. However, some organizations do find the lack of control and minimal visibility into where the data is stored and who is managing it to be significant disadvantages.
2. Private Cloud
Private clouds can be managed on-premises or off-site via a third party. These cloud services are delivered over a secure, private network and aren’t shared among different organizations, which makes this type of cloud computing attractive to organizations in highly regulated industries where security and compliance are mission-critical.
Many organizations choose private cloud because it is highly customizable and flexible, so computing resources can be easily adapted to changing business needs. However, private cloud isn’t as cost-effective as public cloud services, and scalability may be constrained by on-premises data capacity.
3. Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid cloud offers the best of both types of cloud environment for organizations that want to take advantage of the benefits of public and private cloud for different workloads. For example, you may use a private cloud environment for sensitive or regulated data and public cloud for standard IT workloads and applications.
How are enterprises using the cloud?
In the early days of the pandemic, organizations worldwide did a mass pivot to remote workplaces. With employees located outside of the company’s secure IT perimeter, the cloud became a lifeline between workers and the business.
Demand for “as a service” technology solutions skyrocketed in 2020, but in today’s late-pandemic business climate, organizations are continuing to integrate cloud solutions as a way to save money, increase flexibility, and maintain worker productivity.
Infrastructure as a Service
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, includes the essential “backbone” technologies businesses rely on, including networking, storage, and computing. IaaS provides on-demand, pay-as-you-go access to these resources, which reduces the overhead costs of buying, storing, and maintaining the physical hardware.
Platform as a Service
Platform as a service (PaaS) offerings like AWS Beanstalk, Google App Engine, and Apache Stratos are just a few of the cloud-based development and deployment options available today. PaaS provides pay-as-you-go access to IaaS resources as well as the tools developers need to build, test, deploy, manage, and update web applications.
PaaS provides significant cost savings and reduces development complexity because the cloud services provider handles software licensing, infrastructure management, and container orchestration.
Software as a Service
Software as a service (SaaS) includes popular office and productivity solutions such as Microsoft 365, Google Workspace Slack, DropBox, and DocuSign.
These subscription-based services are accessible from anywhere and easy to use, and they provide an affordable alternative to purchasing and installing software on multiple machines.
What advantages does the cloud offer Virtualitics customers?
Virtualitics Immersive Platform (VIP) is a software-as-a-service, AI-driven data analytics and 3D visualization platform that lets anyone discover and communicate actionable insights from complex data at the click of a button, faster than with traditional data analytics tools.
Virtualitics Predict is a powerful predictive data analytics platform that leverages advanced machine learning techniques to better predict potential outcomes based on historical data.
VIP and Predict harness the power and flexibility of the cloud to create an exceptional user experience:
- Speed: Building and setting up traditional servers can take months. VIP and Predict use AWS to accelerate deployment to minutes or hours
- Compliance: Our cloud resources are certified against third party compliance standards
- Security: AWS’s shared responsibility model means their security improvements become our security improvements
- Accessibility: VIP and Predict are accessible from anywhere, which facilitates collaboration and knowledge sharing among distributed teams
Enterprises in every industry are turning to cloud services to increase flexibility, decrease complexity, and empower teams to work seamlessly across geographies. Virtualitics Immersive Platform and Predict use the cloud to take customer data and create powerful visualizations that provide valuable, actionable insights.
Find out how Virtualitics Predict helped an aviation company improve fleet maintenance with a customized solution that yielded up to $15 million annual savings in estimated maintenance costs and reduced unscheduled maintenance by 50 percent within the first three months.