You may be thinking about moving some of your business systems to the cloud or maybe you have already started. Eurostat reported that 41% of EU enterprises have already embraced the cloud in 2021, primarily for email and file storage, which, in comparison with 2020, had only 36%, indicates that cloud adoption is on the rise. These businesses are moving to the cloud to digitally transform their operations and are harnessing its power to become more effective, efficient, and competitive.
However, for many businesses cloud technology is still quite a new phenomenon, and with so many things covered under the umbrella term of “cloud” it can be quite confusing. In this blog we will be focusing on cloud storage and cloud computing, what they are and how they are different from each other.
If you’ve already used services like OneDrive, Dropbox, or iCloud, you may already be familiar with cloud storage. In essence, cloud storage is a place you can store your files, folders, videos, and images that is “offsite”, rather than relying on only being able access your data through local networks, servers, and hard drives. Cloud Storage gives you the flexibility to access your data through an internet connection or a dedicated private network from anywhere.
The key benefit of cloud storage is the ability to keep a copy of your data offsite, which helps protect your business data in the event of an unexpected disaster. Some other key benefits are:
Cloud computing is essentially anything in the cloud which isn’t storage. In its simplest terms, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the internet. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining these technologies you can access them with pay-as-you consume pricing. There are three main types of cloud computing including Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service. Each type gives your business different levels of flexibility, control and management depending on your requirements.
Examples of SaaS: MailChimp, Google Workspace, DocuSign, Microsoft Business Central, and Microsoft Teams.
Examples of IaaS: Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and Google Compute Engine.
Examples of PaaS: Windows Azure and Google App Engine.
Hopefully, you are now beginning to see the differences between cloud storage and computing and how they can bring a variety of benefits to your business. In the simplest terms cloud storage helps to store data, and cloud computing helps to process data. It’s easy to see why cloud computing adoption is on the rise, it’s never been more popular.
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