Cloud services and app

The easiest way to find out whether a person has any relation to the IT sphere or not is to ask him or her about the first association that comes to mind when he or she hears the word “cloud”. If the first thing you think about is these white “fluffy” objects in the sky, probably you do not work in the industry. Otherwise, the word “cloud” would provoke completely different associations. We are speaking about cloud computing and all the services powered by it.

In this article, we will explain to you what cloud services represent themselves, why they are so widely applied today, and what benefits cloud products can offer to their users.

Cloud: What is it?

The notion of cloud unites servers that can be accessed via the internet, as well as databases and apps that are running on these servers. Cloud servers are spread and kept in data centers located in different corners of the world and can be perceived as an antipode to local physical servers.

Consequently, we can say that cloud computing works on the basis of shared computing resources. And it means that users who opt for cloud services do not have any necessity to think about managing physical servers that are located on-premises on their own. As a result, a user or a company does not need to care about any internal hardware or infrastructure for running such software.

Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud are the strongest players in the cloud services industry.

Cloud services: What do they represent themselves?

As you may have already understood, cloud services are delivered on-demand via the internet. Vendors and providers fully manage cloud services which significantly facilitate a number of tasks for users.

Speaking about cloud services, it is important to define their main types:

It is probably the most widely known type. This group includes an enormous range of services like file and data storage, tools for project management and email services. If we take Microsoft, its Office 365 is a bright representative of such an application that allows users to get access to some information in the cloud, edit it, share and store without even downloading it to their own devices. All the work can be conducted online.

To manage SaaS apps, service providers should have the necessary infrastructure. However, not all of them want to (or can) maintain it. That’s the time for IaaS to enter the game. It acts as an entire data center framework which allows users to avoid the necessity to install any software on their devices. Microsoft Azure, as well as its main rival from Amazon - AWS, is a perfect example of such an infrastructure. All storage servers and hardware that ensure networking are maintained by the providers of IaaS who can also offer app firewalls, load balancing, and other options.

Being one more service model, PaaS represents itself a web-based environment. This environment can be used by developers for building their cloud applications. Such platforms unite under one roof and offer an operating system, a database and a programming language. As a result, developers who want to create software in the cloud, don’t have to ensure the maintenance of all the underlying elements.

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For any organization that decides to offer cloud services, it is crucial to take a decision on the type of the environment that will be more beneficial for its business: a private cloud, a public cloud or a combination of the features of both.

In the case of private cloud services, apps and data are available only to internal users, which is extremely important when a company works with sensitive data. However, quite often providers prefer to make their cloud services available to everyone and opt for public cloud services.

Cloud apps or desktop apps

Cloud applications today can boast a very high popularity but do they really deserve it? Let’s take a look at the most important benefits of this type of software and compare its characteristics with the ones of traditional desktop apps that are still being actively used these days.

Advantages of cloud apps:

  • Better data protection. As data is stored on remote online servers located all over the world but not on users’ computers or smartphones, the risk to lose data is lower. Moreover, not users, but cloud service providers take responsibility for protecting users’ data and making sure that the offered platforms and apps meet the highest security standards.
  • Excellent on-demand scalability. No extra investments in on-premises hardware and software are needed, everything is done by the cloud service providers without any additional efforts from the side of users.
  • Fast and simple access to apps. All a user needs to do to access a cloud app is to get connected to the internet and open a web browser or a custom-built mobile app.
  • More flexibility in working with an application. A possibility to provide a whole team of people with access to the data or files regardless of the location of these people is one of the most important benefits of cloud services, especially for companies and organizations.
  • Feasible costs. If we compare the expenses needed to ensure the work of the internal IT infrastructure and all the costs related to the use of professional desktop solutions with the expenses caused by the use of cloud services, we will see that the second option is much more feasible for companies at the current moment.

As for the disadvantages, they are quite disputable but they exist:

  • The necessity to get connected to the internet to transport data.
  • Psychological barrier. Some users still may be afraid to store important and sensitive information on external cloud platforms (though in reality, the protection level is really high).

Desktop apps

As for desktop software, the situation is completely different. Today users are still more accustomed to them.

Among the advantages of this type of apps, we can name:

  • Offline access
  • Local storage of data

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of possibilities to work remotely and share access with others
  • The necessity to update software
  • The necessity to build apps for each operational system

Which option to prefer is always up to you to decide. It’s important to take into account the specificity of your business, the type of data that you need to work with and the number of people who will collaborate on the project.

However, it’s vital to understand that nowadays cloud services are actively developing which means that their quality, the level of efficiency, productivity and security is constantly growing. More and more users who initially opted for desktop solutions and on-premises servers make a decision to migrate their software to the cloud as they see more advantages in this variant.

If you are also interested in cloud services and want to get the benefits from the cloud computing, at Softacom, we will be always happy to provide you with all the necessary assistance. We can offer you software development, support, maintenance and migration services, among others. Just contact us to discuss our possible forms of collaboration.

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