Hello there! Today I want to put in perspective one of the most powerful tools of Cloud Computing on modern products. Any kind of product, any industry… it may be a SaaS or PaaS.
If you already know what cloud storage is, good. But if don’t have idea what is it, let me explain you in a few words: Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the internet. That’s it. And there are some excellent providers in the game like Amazon Web Services (AWS S3), Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Azure Storage.
One of my favorite cloud storage providers is Google Cloud Storage. Why? Listen to this podcast episode when I talked, with Sergio, about this service, pros and cons.
Some popular services like Netflix, Uber, Coca-Cola, Spotify and Mall4G are storing a huge size of objects on cloud storage, keeping a good server performance and scaling as much they can.
Let me know detail you the 4 main benefits of using cloud storage on your current or next product, and why founders love it:
Benefit #1: Better product performance – auto CDN.
More and more product owners are splitting assets (images, CSS, videos, fonts…) to upload it to a cloud storage service because they already how fast and secure is the content delivery rate. So, it means two advantages: don’t overcharge main servers and leveraging on a CDN (Content Delivery Network) to delivery objects to users browser or phone app.
When the 4Geeks team integrated a storage service on Appetito24 (food delivery app), users in different regions automatically obtained an improvement in the mobile app and web administration panel: 65% faster.
Here the map of Google Cloud Platform datacenter locations around the world.
Google Cloud Platform datacenter locations
And here is the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure datacenter location around the world.
Amazon and Azure datacenter locations
Benefit #2: Money saving
This is one of the most important advantages of cloud storage, because the current providers have very competitive billing plans. The price may vary depending on the provider, but I can say that starts from $0.026 USD per Gigabyte per month.
Now you can figure out the price to store a movie on a cloud storage service.
Google, for example, offers a free quota of 5GB per month.
Benefit #3: Good for a recovery plan
I know some traditional companies, like Despacho Carvajal in Costa Rica, that are hosting its important docs, images and videos on a cloud storage service as its main backup plan. Store unlimited objects, 100% private (or public– you choose.).
Google Cloud Storage, for example, can manage different versions of a single object; so it make possible to rollback as much you need to get a preview object version. This is so powerful.
Benefit #4: Scalable service
Founders know the power of scalability. Please imagine for a few seconds: Netflix uploads a movie one single time, and it can appears instantly on all TVs, computers, phones and tables around the globe. By magic.
Security deserves a complete article, which I will publish soon for you.
As always, if you need help to migrate your product assets to a cloud storage service, please feel free to pick a date to autogenerate an online meeting with me. Or if just looking for more information, write us at any time. The engineering team can assist you to take a good decision for your company.