Cloud Computing: Exploring the cloud IT model, features and benefits

by | Jun 24, 2024

ETIQUETAS: Cloud-en | VDI-en
The term "Cloud Computing" refers to the use of computing resources (servers, storage, computing capacity, databases, networks, software) over the Internet.
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These resources are hosted on remote servers instead of users’ local devices. They are managed by third-party data centers, allowing companies to implement cutting-edge technology approaches without the need to maintain a local physical infrastructure, operating on a pay-as-you-go model that provides great flexibility and efficiency.

Depending on the needs and preferences of each organization, cloud services can be public, private, hybrid, or multi-cloud. Alternatively, there are on-premises deployments, where servers are owned by the company and located within its facilities.


Characteristics and benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a modern and efficient alternative for IT infrastructure management, characterized by its adaptability and scalability.

Main features:

  • Pay-as-you-go model: Organizations only pay for the resources they actually use, eliminating the need for significant upfront investments.
  • Remote access: Services and data are available from anywhere with an Internet connection, facilitating remote work and global collaboration.
  • Instant scalability: Ability to increase or decrease resources based on business needs, almost in real-time.
  • Automatic updates: Cloud service providers maintain and update the infrastructure, ensuring the latest technology and security improvements.
  • IT management delegation: It is possible to outsource the management and administration of the infrastructure to third parties, enjoying an “as a service” model.

Key benefits:

  • Cost reduction: Eliminates expenses associated with purchasing and maintaining physical hardware and server software licenses.
  • Continuous innovation: Access to the latest technologies and tools that can improve productivity and operational efficiency.
  • High availability: Services designed to be highly available with robust disaster recovery and prevention plans.

Organizational impact:

  • Business agility: Enables companies to quickly adapt to market changes and customer demands.
  • Enhanced collaboration: Facilitates real-time collaboration between geographically distributed teams.
  • Focus on core business: By outsourcing infrastructure management to cloud providers or external companies, organizations can focus more on their core competencies.


Disadvantages and drawbacks of Cloud Computing

While Cloud Computing solutions offer many benefits, they also present certain challenges and limitations that must be considered.

Dependence on Internet connectivity

  • Risk of interruptions: Cloud service operation depends entirely on Internet connectivity. Connectivity issues can disrupt access to data and applications.
  • Bandwidth requirements: To ensure optimal performance, a fast and stable Internet connection is needed.

Security concerns

  • Data control: Although cloud providers implement robust security measures, companies must trust third parties to protect their data, which can be a concern for some organizations.
  • Regulatory compliance: Ensuring cloud data complies with all regulations and security standards can be complicated, especially in sectors with specific regulations.

Long-term costs

  • Recurring costs: While initial costs are low, recurring payments can add up and, in some cases, exceed the cost of on-premises infrastructure in the long run.

Vendor dependence

  • Vendor lock-in: Companies may become dependent on a specific provider, which can be problematic if service conditions change or if they want to switch providers.


Practical examples of Cloud Computing solutions

Cloud Computing solutions adapt to a wide variety of business needs. Here are some examples of how these solutions are implemented:

  • E-commerce platforms

    • A startup uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host its e-commerce platform, leveraging scalability and flexibility to handle traffic spikes during promotional campaigns.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems

    • A financial services company uses Salesforce, a cloud-based CRM solution, to manage customer interactions, accessible from anywhere and any device.
  • Collaboration and productivity applications

    • A consulting firm adopts Microsoft Office 365 to provide cloud productivity tools, facilitating collaboration among employees located in different parts of the world.
  • Data storage and analysis

    • A media company uses Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to store large volumes of digital content and perform advanced data analysis to improve decision-making.
  • Scalable IT infrastructure

    • A technology company implements IaaS services on Microsoft Azure to develop and test new applications without investing in additional hardware.

While Cloud Computing solutions present challenges in terms of connectivity dependence and security concerns, they offer flexibility and efficiency that can outweigh these limitations. Organizations must carefully evaluate their specific needs, security requirements, and strategic objectives to determine if Cloud Computing is the right solution for them.


Virtual Cable and UDS Enterprise in Cloud Computing environments

For companies looking to maximize operational efficiency and adaptability, Virtual Cable offers advanced workplace virtualization solutions. Its UDS Enterprise platform allows organizations to migrate their workplaces to the cloud, offering the freedom to choose between leading providers or combine several of them without compromising performance or security.
UDS Enterprise provides access to all the necessary tools to work through virtual desktops and applications, or enabling remote access to physical devices located in offices. This way, any organization can implement a digital workplace infrastructure perfectly aligned with its strategic, operational, and financial objectives.

Cloud VDI environments with UDS Enterprise

• Flexibility and scalability: UDS Enterprise is compatible with any cloud environment (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Huawei Cloud, OVHcloud, OpenStack-based environments, VMware Cloud Director…), allowing companies to quickly scale their workstations to meet fluctuating demand.
• Continuous innovation: Companies can leverage the latest technologies and updates from cloud providers, staying at the forefront of technological innovation.
• Reduced operating costs: By eliminating the need to maintain physical servers, companies can significantly reduce their operating costs. Additionally, the system can schedule the automatic on/off of machines, allowing payment only for the exact time consumed.
• Maximum security: UDS Enterprise offers robust security through multi-factor authentication, Zero Trust, end-to-end data encryption, granular access policies… It incorporates real-time monitoring for auditing and rapid incident response. Moreover, it ensures regulatory compliance and comprehensive protection of virtualized resources.

Cloud Computing presents itself as a flexible and scalable solution for companies, allowing greater agility and focus on the core business. The decision between on-premises and cloud should be based on a careful evaluation of each company’s specific needs, considering both the benefits and limitations of each model.

Virtual Cable’s UDS Enterprise solution allows for the implementation of a secure, flexible, and cost-effective workplace virtualization system both on-premises and in the cloud. Thanks to its great versatility and open nature (it is open-source-based), it is even possible to combine all desired providers and environments, scheduling automatic and intelligent overflows between platforms to maximize performance, efficiency, and cost savings.



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