How Did Data Centres Change After The Advent Of Cloud Computing?

Supriti Tripathy

25th Oct'21
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We are at that junction where we need technological transformation to eliminate outdated practices and reduce unnecessary expenses. Companies, big and small, have vast packets of information that require proper maintenance. They do have physical data centers that consist of bundles of hardware, storage systems, security devices, and other technical equipment. But the problem is in safeguarding the data centers and adjusting additional information to them. That job is tedious, high-maintenance, and extremely expensive. 

Thankfully with technological evolution, we have successfully generated a system to lean on.

With its introduction, Cloud computing changed data centers for good. We have found ourselves sheltering our documents, information, big data in the cloud without having to stress about anything. Cloud has been winning our trust because of its simple accessibility, security, cost, and scalability. But the real question is how cloud computing works? The article below will delve into the cloud's multipurpose functionality and discuss the differences between traditional and cloud data centers.


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What Is The Cloud?

Cloud is a virtual concept of space that delivers computing services as per the demand of the user. It is accessible to individuals and companies for rent and allows them to use cloud services for a reasonable cost. With the help of the internet, you can surf information from the cloud, store your data packets, or run applications. There is no additional infrastructure maintenance apart from the internet service and a device to access the service. 

The economics of cloud computing evolves to ensure both user and provider benefit from the exchange. Users pay for whatever service they choose, and providers' work gets easier by delivering the same service to a range of customers. In a time where we are resorting to sustainable practices, cloud computing is a revolutionary find. 


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How Different Is Cloud Center From Data Centers?

Cloud computing covers a horde of services, from storage, networking to processing. Traditional Data Centers employ hardware, software, routers, controllers, and much more security-enabled equipment. It is a big deal to maintain the whole infrastructure to avoid data loss and ensure confidentiality protection. Let's analyze the transition of data centers and the reasons for the same.


No Maintenance

To ensure data protection, you will find much expensive facilitation at your disposal in traditional centers. The cooling systems, continuous power supply, backup devices, ventilators, etc., are an additional expensive investment to keep your data safe in data centers.

However, a cloud is a virtual space that operates online. The data breaks itself and duplicates to reach the user as and when it gets called. Hence there is no maintenance needed for cloud data. The only necessary elements to plan a cloud strategy and assess it are a device and the internet.


Cost Cutting

As mentioned above, there is a huge cost incurred in upkeeping the infrastructure for traditional centers. It is purchasing all the equipment, depreciating them, and repurchasing time and again are significant additions to capital expenditure for companies. It also implies more workers' inclusivity to maintain the system. 

You only get access to the provider's equipment when you host your data in the cloud. It's all under the basics and benefits of cloud computing services. Hence it saves up your extra finances and helps in resource optimization.


Data Accessibility

In traditional data centers, you have limited accessibility and may need an extra layer of passwords to access data from the centers. Although it is essential for the company's confidentiality, it is a slight compromise inconvenience when accessing data from any location is a concern.

In cloud computing, with good internet, you can access cloud data from any point of the globe. It is this enhanced feature that lets us work from the comforts of our homes during the pandemic. However, there can be situational cloud maintenance issues or internet disconnection that can pose problems for cloud accessibility.


Test On Security

Traditional data centers store the company's information safely with double and triple layers of protection. To access the data required, you will have to ask the security personnel to let you inside the system. Post that, strong passwords over folders and documents ensure what you access is under your authority to access. There will rarely be a mistake that can lead to destroying the confidentiality of the data.

Cloud Service may seem a bit risky in comparison to the physical centers. Even though service providers do their best to maintain the data, hackers can creep into the system at any time. It is one of the biggest drawbacks of the cloud as your data stays in a space accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Hence, providers convince you to give strong passwords to your accounts to ensure trustworthy data in cloud computing. They also take all security measures over and above so that the system can detect any unauthorized access and reports for quick action. 


Ease Of Use

Traditional Centers employ a system that needs development from scratch, is costly, and requires effective maintenance over time. Accessing is easy for internal users apart from password protection. Companies still go for the traditional data centers because they have better control over the data.

Cloud ensures there is a minimal cost of services as you pay for what you use. The cloud entails your requirements and lets you experiment with the size of the storage space. With a proper internet connection, you can rely on the robust and versatile cloud for any computing service you need. However, address poor cloud computing behaviors whenever you work in the cloud or find something malicious. 


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Business With Cloud

Every business has specific requirements, and you must assess yours to understand how beneficial cloud computing will be for you. Analyze the differences in cloud services from the beginning of the app used to the end. Are you willing to risk hosting sensitive business information in the cloud? Or, do you have the budget to invest in a physical data center as you feel you can trust its safety features better? In your desire to understand how cloud computing changed data centers, get in the depth of what public, private and hybrid clouds are and what aspects are different in each. Also, do not hesitate to walk through all the information with the cloud providers before you decide. 


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A believer of good things and pursuer of diverse avocation, she is a fiction lover and a simple writer. Supriti has a number of professions to her list and she feels challenges are the only answers to failures.