Today, the word “cloud” is associated not only with a natural phenomenon, but also with a virtual IT infrastructure. People who still use flash drives are rare, more often they download information to a virtual disk. Business owners have also long paid attention to the possibilities of cloud services. They allow you to perform complex tasks and store large amounts of data without spending the efforts of IT services and company finances on physical servers.
Today, both large and medium-sized businesses can develop IT infrastructure in the cloud using modern tools and services. And companies whose history began long before the advent of cloud technologies, and who were pioneers, have something to tell and something to share.
Advantages of Google Cloud Platform
1. Freedom and fast scalability
The ability to store and analyze large volumes of data in a virtual environment allows businesses to scale freely and quickly without worrying about technical resources.
Thanks to virtual services, they can work simultaneously on different components of the same task: independently and efficiently.
Different specialists need specialized software for their work. For each software, it is necessary to monitor updates, which creates a huge burden on the administrator when working with classic servers “on the ground”.
The cloud environment increases work productivity, as specialists can work online with those services that are most convenient and important to them.
2. Speed and economy
Buying additional physical servers when the load increases requires large capital investments, which cannot be done with the flick of a finger.
“The story with Google Cloud freed our hands. Today we need +5 new servers — no problem, the slider was unscrewed, we got 5 additional servers. If we need to install a new version of Python, the engineers do it themselves, they don’t need to wait for an administrator to do it for them,” any company owner would say.
3. Quick response to changes
Google Cloud Platform allows you to control the volume of service usage and quickly respond to changes in the need for resources, independently regulating the operation of virtual servers. If the need for any of the services disappears, a certain service loses its relevance, it can be easily turned off, and per-second pricing allows you to pay only for those volumes of data and the operation of computers that were actually used by the company.
The ability to independently adjust the power of virtual machines allows you to scale on the fly and not make the site client wait a long time for an answer to his request.
“If we now take $10,000, buy a server, deploy some services on it, it will be able to handle a finite number of requests. For our users, this means that we, twisting this lever, regulate how quickly users will receive answers to their requests. If we stayed on our servers, I would write “I’m looking for a job as a driver in Kyiv” and wait 3-5 seconds. Today, the user is not ready to wait if he does not receive an answer immediately. That’s why we have to guarantee an instant response,” any modern IT project manager says.
It is important to note that Google also ensures the uninterrupted operation of virtual machines. This is possible due to the fact that if one data center is unavailable for some reason, the system immediately switches to another, and at the end user does not even notice the obstacle.
5. Security and support
Another advantage of Google Cloud Platform is security. The data is encrypted by the default system and even Google employees do not have access to it.
Technical support is also provided by Google employees, which allows companies to invest resources in development and creativity, rather than maintaining ground infrastructure.