We’ve written several blogs that dive into cloud computing models – hybrid, private, and public – and the various benefits of each. Depending on your use cases, each one has merit. But public cloud providers are still the dominant model that businesses turn to, and public cloud offerings can be complex. As such, moving to cloud computing should be a progression rather than a one-step process.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand some of the common ways that enterprises incorporate public cloud computing resources into their IT environment. Here are five common use cases for public cloud computing:
- Infrastructure Scaling. Many companies have fluctuating capacity needs, making it difficult and costly to build internal IT infrastructure to accommodate change. These companies can use public cloud computing to auto-scale, or dynamically increase or decrease resources based on demand. Scaling up, or down, to accommodate changes in compute demand helps organizations save money while meeting internal needs.
- Disaster Recovery. This is becoming a very common use case for public cloud computing, especially for small to mid-sized (SMB) organizations. Building a secondary infrastructure for disaster recovery and data protection needs can be costly and time consuming to maintain. Using public cloud computing resources is a fast and effective way to plan for business continuity.
- Storage & Deduplication. Storage and data management is fast becoming not only mission-critical, but a growing strain on internal data center infrastructure. Using public cloud resources can expand the syncing and sharing capabilities for data, making it more accessible, easing distribution, and making backup much simpler.
- Platform Development. Many cloud providers offer developers direct and remote access to applications and platforms that ease the need for managing and maintaining development environments. This gives developers the ability to create and test applications, speeding time-to-market.
- Hosted Services. Many IT departments outsource the management and administration of common business applications to hosted service providers (email is one example). This helps reduce overhead and can improve team collaboration while expanding accessibility.
Be sure to address all considerations for protecting your data and the factors that can drive cloud adoption before getting started. For more information on cloud computing solutions, download our free eBook – Understanding the Cloud – What You Need to Know Before Diving In.