Cloud computing simply referred to as ‘the cloud’ is a type of internet based computing which delivers on-demand computing resources( applications, storage, servers, bandwidth, etc.) to multiple end-users who can get these resources a pay-for-use basis with minimal management effort. Cloud computing follows a utility style of costing model where organizations consume computational resources and pay for them just like any other utility like water and electricity. The on-demand nature of cloud computing where resources are rapidly provisioned and released saves organizations the trouble of maintain and managing their own in-house IT infrastructure. This capital expenditure (CAPEX) saved can be utilised by the organization to achieve other strategic purposes.
Cloud computing promises several important and attractive businesses for organizations. This is the primary reason cloud computing is the hottest buzzword in the IT industry today with organizations both large and small rapidly jumping on the cloud bandwagon. Some of the important benefits of cloud hosting are as following:
Higher levels of elasticity—this is one of the real beauties of cloud computing. Organizations can scale up or scale down resources in proposition to their network traffic. For example, a website may see extra traffic during a holiday season. To cope up with the extra rush, an organization would have to buy additional hardware for generating additional resources. Once the traffic subsides, these additional hardware would be lying idle. The money spent on purchasing and maintaining them could have been utilised for more productive purposes.
On the other hand if the company is using cloud services provided by a reputable service provider, it can demand and quickly get additional resources to efficiently meet the challenge thrown in by additional network traffic. The firm can easily scale down on these resources once the website traffic ebbs and things go back to being normal.
Pay-per use—Computing resources are measured at a granular level; this requires the end users to pay for only the resources they have consumed.
Higher degree of reliability—cloud computing services entail the delivery of computational resources over the internet. The computational resources are generated by an underlying network of interconnected physical servers stored in data centres of third party service providers. Availability of multiple servers ensures utmost reliability as servers are always present to take the place of a non-functioning server. For example, if a server malfunctions, it will not have much impact on your website’s performance as other servers can compensate for the unavailable resources.
How cloud computing is changing the work dynamics
Technology arguably plays the most important part in shaping our styles of work and there is no reason to believe that cloud computing being such an important technological breakthrough would fail to impact our working landscape. Cloud computing in fact is positively impacting both the employers and the employees. It is giving professionals more control over their work environment where as it is offering employers a larger talent pool to take their pick from.
Cloud computing offers a lot of flexibility and has revolutionised the work is carried out in a tech savvy business world. When you work in the cloud, your office or command centre is simply where you are at the time. Cloud computing as such more or less has eliminated the restraints placed in by geographic locations and distance.
The cloud has done an excellent job of liberating organizations from the trouble and hassles of building, managing and running their own physical data centres. The cloud is where entrepreneurism, mobility and specialization have seamlessly combined to give shape to anew and novel employment paradigm. Employees are no longer required to remain in shackles in their small cubicles doing work which now can be accomplished from anywhere.
Just imagine a Utopian organizational setup where bosses give their employees the freedom to do choose what they want to do and then do it at their own pace. Take the ‘dreaming’ to a higher level and imagine you also have the freedom to elect your own bosses and having a say in matters strategically important to organizations. Imagine organizations where most workers are not employees at all but electronically connected freelancers contributing to the cause sitting anywhere in the world.
This new future goes by more than one name. Somewhere it is called as hyperspecialisation where as others prefers to call it fractional employment. You may prefer it to call whatever you feel like calling it, but there is no denying the fact that one unit of job these days is increasingly defying the set notions and paradigm of how work is accomplished. In this new hyperspecialisation or fractional employment, the employees will not restrict themselves to working for one employer on a particular project. They will work for multiple employers, juggling their tasks and schedules on as-needed basis.
This all is made possible by cloud computing which enables a team of virtual workers to share access resources through popular cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Team members can communicate online using tools like Skype and hold weekly meetings utilising cloud conference services such as Join.me.