What Is Cloud Computing and How Can It Make Your Business More Agile? | ALC Training News

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Cloud technology has become a buzzword of sorts in the tech industry. Yet, a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that 86 per cent of businesses in Australia were using cloud computing in some form back in 2013. 

But, what is cloud technology?

The definition of cloud technology

Cloud computing is a fairly new technological innovation in the commercial world.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s (NIST), it is a technological mechanism that facilitates on-demand access to a shared supply of flexible IT resources.

The NIST definition provides five fundamental attributes of cloud computing:

  1. On-demand self-service;
  2. Broad network access;
  3. Resource pooling;
  4. Rapid elasticity or expansion; and
  5. Measured service.

Alongside these, cloud computing is also grouped into three other categories.


A public cloud is a technological innovation that allows service providers to use the internet to make IT resources available to a range of consumers.Public, private and hybrid clouds

Storage and applications, or software-as-a-service, are made available without the required hardware and bandwidth costs. Typically, public clouds are a pay-as-you-go service as costs equate with what has been used.

There are a few limitations to this model, for instance, the low-level security features make it a far-less-attractive choice for those looking to store or transmit sensitive data. 

Private clouds, on the other hand, offer consumers better IT security because they are provisioned for use by only one organisation. Anyone who has attended an information security training course will know that limiting who can access can The cloud infrastructure is usually operated by a third-party, however, they can also be governed by the organisation or a combination of both.

Hybrid cloud infrastructure, in most cases, is a composite of public and private cloud infrastructure. Hybrids have the distinct benefit of allowing organisations to maintain control of an internally managed cloud while at the same time utilising public cloud architecture when needed.

During peak use periods, applications, services and data can be relocated to a public cloud, circumnavigating the obstacle of space or accessibility. Hybrid clouds offer organisations greater scalability as well as excellent information security. 

Public clouds offer a range of benefits, however, very rarely will an enterprise deploy all its applications into one.

Agile IT project management and cloud computing

In today’s business environment, organisations need to be able to respond quickly to changes in the commercial environment. This is especially important as workforces are becoming more mobile though the fragmentation of employee environments.

Agile management methodologies are currently being utilised to shorten service deployment time and integrate customer feedback quickly. However, in most industries, an agile approach is not effective without other specific components. 

For instance, a software development company needs a platform that can facilitate quick development cycles. Cloud computing can make the difference. It’s online status allows end users to get their hands on the product or service quicker.

To employ cloud computing in such a way, a manager will need to seek out an IT project management training course, such as a PRINCE2 Agile.

PRINCE2 Agile combines the flexibility and reactivity of agile with the standardised and robust framework of PRINCE2 training. When this best practice is combined with cloud computing, a company’s agility and resilience can be greatly improved.   

To get access to a quality project management training provider, contact ALC Training today and find out more.

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