computing is the services that is provided to company or someone through the
internet. These services include storage, servers, networking and software
utilities so eliminating the need for buying the physical hardware and setting
our own infrastructure. So here you only pay for the services which you want to
you are also using the cloud computing services but we don’t realize. Whenever
we are listening to song, sending email, chatting with friends, playing games
or storing files, then we are using the services of cloud computing but we don’t
know and cloud is the one making it all possible behind the scene.
Some of the
benefits of using cloud computing in E-commerce are :
1. Cost :
Cloud computing reduces the cost and
make it easy for the company to run its business as they don’t need to set up
the infrastructure such as servers etc but they use the cloud servers and pay
for the services they get from cloud servers. They only focus on growing its
business they don’t need to worry about infrastructure.
Cloud servers offer you the
benefit of scalability. So using cloud services you can scale up whenever your
business has grown so you don’t need extra equipment for it . And if your
business goes down then you can scale down per your requirement. Again it saves
much of your money.
e.g. you start a new business and you bought 1GB of space in cloud server
and after some months your business has grown so now you can scale up and buy
10GB of space in cloud servers and vice versa.
cloud computing you don’t need to update software for your servers or to update
security for it. As you would need to do it in case of you set up your own
infrastructure. Cloud services providers would do that for you.
4.Work From Anywhere:
By using cloud computing services you
only need internet and you can access your data with any device. For it you
don’t need your own laptop or mobile. You can access it through any laptop or
mobile and from anywhere.
Speed plays an
important role in e-commerce business. A study found that a webpage is
abandoned if it takes more than 5 seconds to load. When the traffic increases
suddenly it slows down the website and make it unresponsive.
By using cloud computing services you would not face these problems. Cloud computing
removes these problems by providing you high bandwidth, computational power and
The architecture of cloud
computing is disaster tolerant. Cloud computing systems automatically takes the
backup of your data and stores it on some other sites. As an ecommerce business
is dependent on the data of its customer. So incase if the data gets loss due
to some factor then the backup will be there and you can continue your business
without any problem.
Of cloud computing services that is use in ecommerce :
There is variety
of cloud computing service which is used by the ecommerce businesses. But the
main three services we will discuss here :
1. Software as a Service(SaaS):
SaaS is a popular cloud computing service in which you don’t need to
hire a developer to develop you a website or something like that for your
e-business. It also removes the headache of downloading and installing software
on a platform. SaaS platforms have a variety of softwares from where you can
choose and customize it according to your needs and start a business. So it
saves your time, money and development budget.
SaaS is becoming more
popular in among e-business owners. SaaS is used by at least 40% of online
stores. The main advantage of using it is first of all you do not need spend
money and buy softwares that are expensive second you do not need to be a
programmer or it do not needs any programmer.
The popular SaaS platform
that is available on the internet is shopify. With shopify you can create the
online store website by using the plugins which are available. You can create
your website through drag and drop. Another popular SaaS platform is salesforce.com
which has a service on name of salesforce app cloud which provides you a lot of
development tools to create custom websites and app for your business.
as a service(PaaS):
This is another cloud computing service which provides you platform in
form of web servers along with operating system installed on it. For this
service you would need a developer to develop an ecommerce project or website
for you and then you would buy space in these web servers for your project
which will also provides your application the programming environment. Development,
service hosting and service management environment can be provided by Microsoft
windows azure as a PaaS. Similarly data services including relational database
services can be provided by SQL Azure.
The big advantage of PaaS
is scalability. You can scale up or scale down on your demand.
Another advantage is that
In case of PaaS your data backup is kept in VM on different locations so that
one copy of your data in case of disaster or something like that can’t wipe
your whole business.
Speed is another feature of PaaS. As your data
is kept on VM and stored on different locations so user request will ping to
the machine which is near to him and your ecommerce site will load very
as a Service(IaaS):
This is another type of service which is provided by the cloud
computing. In IaaS as the name suggests you can only pay for infrastructure
like space in a web server there is no operating system install on it and there
is no software which you will use for your e-business. You will need a
developer first to develop an ecommerce site for you and then you will install
operating on web server and then you will deploy your site on it. It simple
provides you the computing infrastructure and other resources like file
storage, disk image library, networking, firewall, VLAN etc. Example like
Deployment of Cloud
Computing Technology in Ecommerce:
Deployment of cloud computing
consists of four models these are:
cloud the information or data is shared among the public. You can share it with
anyone by just sending the link of your data. The public cloud provides
services and resources which are clouded over the internet in order to provide
website services and resources online are known as pubic cloud.
cloud is a cloud in which the data is kept private from public. In order to
access the data in a private cloud the user should be authenticated. The
private cloud is mainly operated for an enterprise. It is maybe managed by the
third party or organization. The main purpose of private cloud is to share the
data, resources and services among the employees within the organization. So the
private cloud provides the efficient work environment to increase the performance
and efficiency of the organization and at the same time to save cost and time.
cloud is the combination of both private and public cloud. In hybrid cloud you
can store such data which can be accessible to all the public and at the same time
you can also store data that is private and requires user authentication. So the
organization can provide some tasks by using public cloud and some tasks by
using private cloud through hybrid cloud.
Impacts on E-Commerce Industry:
Cloud based ecommerce
applications enables business leaders and IT to evaluate new opportunities
without large upfront investments. It makes this possible because of its lower
costs and faster deployments.
Cloud computing reduces
the cost of starting your business by eliminating the need of purchasing
hardware and software instead it makes you to take hardware and software on
rent per your requirements.
Cloud computing provides
scalability by enabling IT companies to start from the basics i.e take less
space in a hardware at the start and then increase it as your customers or your
business has grown.
By using cloud computing
IT companies will be able to do business 24hours a day 7 days a week.
has reduced the cost of starting the business by purchasing a hardware and
software and setting an infrastructure and platform for running your business.
Through cloud computing we can take on rent the hardware and software and pay
for how much we use it.
Thus it reduced the cost of starting
our own business and makes it easy aswell.