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Essential Features of Cloud Computing

For companies who want to effectively implement cloud computing at their workplace, there are a few essential features that they need to clearly have an understanding for.  But first, let's take a look at what cloud computing actually is.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's 16th and final version of its definition of cloud computing, “Cloud computing” measures the extent to which information technology implementations of a company meet the characteristics of cloud models. Peter Mell, a computer scientist at NIST, explains the benefits of using the right cloud computing model like energy savings, cost savings, customer empowerment and rapid deployment, to name a few.

There are 5 essential features of cloud computing according to the report.

1.       On-Demand Self-service:  Consumers should be able to manage their cloud computing capabilities like network storage and server time, unilaterally, without relying on anyone's assistance. An independent control without the need for human interaction for applications such as Cloud based ERP would mean quicker accomplishment of tasks and less lags.

2.       Resource Pooling: Whether you are relying on your own IT department or some external cloud service provider, who manages all your cloud physical resources, it should be able to create a pool of network resources, storage, virtual processor, and ensure security of their allocation between its customers. This simply means that you your data can reside anywhere at any moment but you wouldn't know where it is or what server is being used to access data.

3.       Broad Network Access: You should be able to access applications like CRM for Sales from anywhere using any device's internet browser. Whether it's a desktop or a smartphone, your cloud computing should have popular application models like an iPhone app that will communicate with the cloud server.

4.       Rapid Elasticity: Your cloud computing services should be able to grow or shrink its power, network or storage instantaneously in minutes. The two factors that allow for rapid elasticity are resource pooling and self-service. If a customer requests for a change in the allocation of resources, it should be done immediately through an automated process.

5.       Measured Services: Lastly, an essential feature of cloud computing is the self-measure of the used services such as CRM on cloud. Your service provider should be able to report your usage directly to you so that you pay for the resources that are needed by you. This will ensure that there are no wastage of resources and processing power, something that's very common if you are using service on server-by-server basis.

The Future of Cloud Computing

The coming year is going to experience an accelerated growth of cloud computing as many companies are reassessing their IT-related strategies. There is a need to look at different layers of infrastructure where cloud computing can play its role.

If your company is going through a major change in business, then cloud computing strategy should be essentially added to that change. Cloud computing is not just a technology– in future, it will determine the success of businesses.

Team Intellika

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