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Top 5 Reasons Why The Cloud Matters

Ginger Phelps June 22, 2017
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Cloud computing has forever changed the way businesses have been storing and managing their data and analytics. Within the past few years, many companies have made the switch from storing their data within a service oriented architecture (SOA) to the cloud. 

As of currently, about 65% of data center traffic is within the cloud. According to a study done by Cisco in 2016, this number is expected to reach 83% by 2019.

The growing use of the cloud is arguably because of the competitive advantages provided for businesses through enterprise cloud computing. Enterprise cloud computing is the act of utilizing cloud computing for opportunities that produce benefits to corporations such as cost savings, speed, and more.

Whether you’re a startup or a large corporation, enterprise cloud computing is a technology that can greatly further advance your business and data analytics. Here are the top 5 reasons as to why the cloud matters:

1. Better Security 

Although the “cloud” may seem like a very distant and intangible place to store valuable information, it is much more secure than most users would think. With proper anti-virus software and firewall rules, you can be guaranteed that your data and analytics are safe and not floating around for any user to capture. Also, staying with the latest software technology guarantees that cloud computing can provide higher quality data protection for businesses handling sensitive information.   

2. More Available Space

One useful aspect of the cloud is that it can store large amounts of data without the need of multiple USB drives. Rather than having to track every USB you purchase when your disk runs out of space, you can simply upgrade to more space on the cloud or even unlimited space. Not only does this keep all of your information in essentially one place, but it also ensures that your data will not accidentally fall in someone else’s hands if you mix up your USB with a colleague.  

3. Increased Collaboration

Since your information can be accessed from anywhere at any time when stored on the cloud, it creates the perfect tool for collaboration, especially with colleagues all over the country. This aspect makes it easy for team members to collaborate simultaneously without the danger of lost or duplicate work.

4. Cost Effective 

A one-time payment for unlimited storage in the cloud is a lot more cost effective than having to constantly buy and repair multiple hard drives. Even though you can find relatively cheap hard drives online, they are easily lost or damaged, thus, making them expensive to maintain in the long-term. Cloud storage allows for you to buy as much or as little as you need relative to your workflow.   

5. Redundancy

Cloud computing provides duplicate copies and systems that can be used in the case of a failure or inaccessibility to a document/file. These duplicate copies are made accessible through having data replicated on multiple computers within the same database. This feature of cloud storage provides ease of mind to its users by knowing that their information is always available to them even when things take an unexpected turn.

At Open Data Group, we understand the advantages that the cloud brings, which is why we implement cloud scale and cloud speed deployment with our analytic deployment technology, FastScore.

FastScore emphasizes cloud scale and speed through its utilization of Docker containers and other microservices. Speficially, Docker containers allow for users to enable as many models and languages as needed in order to deploy their analytics. The flexibility of accessing analytics from multiple devices virtually anywhere has removed the need for any physical infrastructure, thus, creating true cloud scale capability as well as cloud speed.  

To learn more about FastScore and how it focuses on cloud-centricity, check out our website!

Topics: FastScore, Open Data Group, cloud technology, cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud services