Cloud computing basics
Cloud computing is growing rapidly and being used by consumers and businesses of all sizes. But what is it, and how can your business use the cloud?
Simply defined: Cloud computing is the delivery of hosted services over the internet. It’s the on-demand delivery of compute power, database, storage, applications, and other IT resources through an internet-reachable services platform, rather than having to build and maintain in-house IT infrastructure.
No matter how complex your business needs, a cloud services platform provides access to flexible and low-cost IT resources. The cloud allows you to ramp up or ramp down based on needs, and you only pay for what you use.
How does cloud computing work?
Cloud computing allows businesses to access servers, storage, and databases over the internet. A cloud provider owns and maintains the operations of the infrastructure — from servers to networks to data centers and security. With OVHcloud, your business benefits from a team of experts who are using the latest technology, equipment, automation, and innovation for your cloud solution.
The benefits of cloud computing
Cloud computing boasts several attractive benefits for businesses. With the cloud, your business can move forward faster and more efficiently. With increased scalability, speed, security, support, and savings, the value of the cloud is evident immediately. Further, with cloud automation and flexible billing, you scale at your pace and only pay for what you use.
A key advantage of cloud computing is that it offers scalable enterprise IT with speed. Speed can be understood as efficiency and is a prerequisite for gaining a competitive advantage. The cloud provides the necessary speed for a company to launch new products quickly and increase competitiveness in markets easily.
Cloud solutions are ideal for businesses with fluctuating demands. If your needs increase, you can scale up your capacity in a matter of minutes.
When businesses use the cloud, they are receiving the latest technologies. This means data center security and advanced data protection is always up to date.
OVHcloud levels for most services exceed 99.99%, and, in the case of our public cloud, they are 100%. OVHcloud knows uptime and availability.
Support is always available, and, with teams working 24/7, someone is ready to help whenever you need it.
The cloud removes the high cost of hardware investment and maintenance. You reduce CapEx and focus only on OpEx. You stop paying for data centers. You pay-as-you-go for what you use.
No two clouds are built alike. To find the right business solutions you will want to compare public, (hosted) private, and hybrid clouds.
This is one of the most common cloud solutions and offers the best economies of scale. Our public cloud provide services to multiple clients using the same shared infrastructure.
It’s a pay-per-usage model where the costs incurred are based on the capacity used.
Hosted Private Cloud
A hosted private cloud is not shared. Servers are dedicated to a single owner of the service — i.e., a single company. The goal is to gain the benefits of cloud architecture, but also maintain dedicated, isolated resources. This approach is more expensive than a public cloud and is typically used by larger enterprise organizations.
A hybrid cloud connects cloud infrastructure and existing resources with a company’s data center or facility. The most common method of hybrid deployment is between an existing on-premises infrastructure and the cloud. This allows a company to expand its infrastructure without incurring the costs of building additional on-premises capabilities.
By using a hybrid approach, companies maintain control of an internal data center (or private cloud) and use the cloud as needed (public or private).