What is cloud computing?
Put very simply cloud computing is the delivery of on demand computing services, from applications to processing and storage services over the internet on an ‘as you need’ them basis.
How does it work?
With cloud software and other cloud based systems companies effectively rent access from a cloud service provider. This means they can avoid the cost and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure. Instead they only pay for what they use or need at that point in time. Should their need increase they can easily and quickly rent more usage. Equally should their need decrease they can downscale usage. The flexibility and scalability makes cloud computing a very cost effective model.
What types of services are cloud based?
Nowadays a broad range of computing services are cloud based, everything from storage, networking and processing to artificial intelligence and standard office and line of work applications. Some applications you may use in everyday life are cloud based without you even realising, Netflix for example or Gmail.
Software developers are now offering cloud development services as standard as they move from delivering a standalone product to a subscription-based model.
What are the benefits of cloud based software development?
Cloud software development has significant cost savings but it also offers many other strategic benefits. Software developers have greater flexibility in deploying applications in a cloud environment. Cloud computing delivers an agile environment for project management, software build and testing with increased performance and faster time to market.
When developing cloud software developers have access to unlimited resources including testing and production servers. Such servers deliver a speedier environment increasing productivity and completion rates. Also resources are scalable and can be dialled up and down as needed making cloud development a much more efficient method of software development compared to traditional, physical environments.
During Cloud development security is critical to maintain data integrity. We operate strict protocols and use enterprise grade security solutions to ensure that at all phases of development the environment is secured. Cloud computing is at our core and we make sure we remain protected at all times.
The cloud model of development provides great cost efficiencies for developers. These cost savings can be passed on to the client making their services very competitively priced. The pay as you use model means when you are not working on development you can pause the use of resources so you don’t overpay. The overall efficiency of the cloud development environment from testing to build and deployment leads to greater delivery speeds and more efficient resourcing, all of which results in cost savings.
Time to Market
Cloud software development delivers speedier time to market as developers can create and release quality software quickly and efficiently. With cloud based software development the time required to discover bugs, deploy fixes, test and release new features is significantly reduced from the traditional physical environment.
Software development in the cloud has many benefits for consumers and developers alike. Cloud computing has made centralised computing resources a mainstream technology that has increased in popularity due to its efficiencies, scalability and reduced cost. For the end user they have a much more flexible solution that can scale up and down with enhanced security and productivity. It really is a win win!
How Cloud Computing is impacting budgets
Cloud based IT usage has moved IT budgets from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational (OpEx) as businesses buy computing as a service rather than physical servers. With cloud computing companies can avoid spikes in IT budget even at the start of a new project as development can be done much more cost effectively in the cloud.
What’s involved in migrating systems to the cloud?
A move to the cloud should really be done in consultation with an experienced cloud services provider. They will be able to review your existing infrastructure and applications to assess which should be left as they are and which to start moving to the cloud. Every business differs in this regard and a plan which ensures that business operations are not disrupted is essential. The skills required for migration are hard to find which is why it is important to talk to several cloud companies to ensure they meet your requirements.
Cloud computing is gathering pace across all arenas in the business world and particularly in cloud based software development. The advent of digital transformation goes hand in hand with the increased uptake in cloud computing as moving to the cloud forces businesses to rethink business processing and adopt change. Don’t get left behind! Talk to an experienced cloud software development company today to discuss your next move!