Understanding Cloud Computing, it's models and uses in NGO operations

February 12, 2020 12:00 AM
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Cloud Computing is when the ready availability of computing services like databases, data storage, servers, networking, analytics, high-speed computing and faster software is utilized without any direct intervention of the administrator. With the aid of the internet, the cloud could provide various computing resources remotely to a user. It is a powerful tool that can transform the dynamics of modern system management and functioning. Based on studies, nearly 28% of NGOs use some form of CRM-based Cloud software in their operations.

Cloud computing may be limited to a single organization (enterprise cloud) or multiple groups of organizations collectively (public cloud). Cloud computing offers the pool of resources that any group can use on-demand - right from processing power to application functionality and storage. 

With the help of these new technologies, NGOs can replace their outdated technology and can also do away with the challenges they face while storing/ analyzing their data. Also, NGOs facing difficulties in streamlining their data, minimising infrastructure costs, communication and workflow complications, can ease these with the help of cloud computing. Nearly 40% of NGOs worldwide are now shifting from traditional IT mechanisms to cloud computing. Eg. Akshaya Patra Foundation uses cloud computing for food tracking and management. 

There are three types of Cloud models -

Let us now understand different kinds of cloud services and how NGOs can utilize them for their impact needs -

As you can see, cloud computing's vast power and low capital investments make it the ideal choice of replacement for the current scenario of traditional infrastructure that tends to prove itself  inefficient and unscalable compared to cloud computing. 

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