Smart Home/Store and Cloud Computing

Smart Home and Cloud Computing

It is no doubt that our world is becoming more intelligent and convenient, many innovated ideas is generated and gradually taking shape over the past 10 years due to the rapid development on AI. Smart home and unmanned shop are the most popular topics among numerous business creatives, they have one thing in common that they both involve with cloud computing in practice. This article will discuss about the position of cloud computing in future intelligent technologies.

Amazon First Unmanned Store
Unmanned Store and Cloud Computing

In Feb 2020, Amazon opened its first unmanned store in Seattle and named it as Amazon Go Grocery. The meaning behind the name is “Grab whatever you want and just go”. No payment process is needed during the shopping experience, all payment will be done automatically on your Amazon account after shopper walking out with the items. The unmanned retail solution relies on integration of RFID technology, infrared sensing technology and video surveillance. Thus, Amazon Go Grocery is a combination of unmanned store and cloud computing technologies, there are numerous cameras and sensors in store tracking shoppers’ movements, all videos will be sent to the cloud for massive analysis as for calculating the total bills. In unmanned store, cloud computing is acting as a professional analyst and accountant.

Role of Cloud Computing in Smart Home
Role of Cloud Computing in Smart Home

The smart home is a concept of the pervasive computing which is gradually becoming the trend of modern house. Although intelligence appliances work with different functions, it is commonly agreed that there is a non-substitutable connection between cloud computing and smart home system. For numerous data and complex control bring about a much heavy burden on the local computers, it is suggested that moving the calculation to the cloud can reduce local workload, meanwhile AI can access real time information through Web browser. For instance, smart refrigerator can order food online automatically once it has connected with cloud computing. Smart toilet, on the other hand, can record your health and send the data to healthy applications for daily analysis.

The Future of Smart Homes

Obviously, cloud computing is playing an important role in intelligent future, it is accounted that global public cloud market was $272 billion in 2018 which is expected to reach $488.5 billion by 2026. If everything goes well, cloud computing will be applied in more innovative technologies and smart cities in coming future, it will gradually replace traditional datacenter. Perhaps it is the right time for you to move your business to the cloud and take advantages from coming technology revolutions!

 
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Cloud Server Auto-Backup Solution For Business

Cloud Server Backup Solution For Business

Businesses are moving to the cloud in recent years, many security techniques have been innovated and applied to ensure maximum data protection. Cloud Server Auto-Backup is one of the most popular method of off-server data storage for businesses to protect invaluable data and works. It captures a copy from disk at a single point in time and save it in a separate secondary server, cloud user can finish restoring the data within a short period to minimize the negative impacts on human error or other disasters.

How Cloud Server Backup Works?

What is Cloud Backup

Cloud server backup, also known as online backup, is a type of data backup whereby a copy of the data is sent to a separate server. Once users have enabled the add-ons, their cloud server will be scheduled to be automatically replicated. Cloud-based backup are taken once per week, the first copy will be taken on the second day after cloud backup is enabled. Each backup is retained for four weeks with maximum 4 most recent backups storing on separate data drives. Cloud users can restore backups of the entire server from the Cloud Servers Details section on LayerPanel.

Common Use Of Cloud Server Backup

Cloud-Based Auto-Backup Option For Business

Human error, both purposely issues and unintentionally mistakes, is very common in daily works which may create a big loss to businesses, especially when your customer databases were damaged. With LayerStack’s user permission management, only cloud owner has the rights to disable cloud server backup option and delete all the backup copies, it reduces the potential loss taken by businesses. On the other hand, auto-backup is also helpful in disasters like server breakdowns and cyber-attacks. All damaged data can be restored shortly with one click.

Advantage Of Cloud Server Backup

Cloud Backup Advantages

Firstly, it is easy for non-IT specialist to manage and protect valuable data, it is just one click to restore data from copies. As the backup system works automatically, it does not require additional time commitment for you or your customers, it works properly even through you are not connecting to the internet. Furthermore, cloud-based backup solution is cheaper than many data security options, it costs just 15% of cloud monthly fee on LayerStack. In conclusion, cloud backup is user-friendly and effective data security solution, it helps to keep businesses away from irretrievable loss.

 
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Where is the real cost savings in cloud computing?

Where is the real cost saving in cloud computing

As commonly known that cloud computing is turning out to be a financial saver for enterprise. Cloud users can save operation cost by moving business from in-house server hardware to the cloud and gain work efficiency. A question would raise then: Where is the real cost savings in cloud computing? The cost is reduced in multiple ways, this article will discuss about the cost saving of cloud deployment

IT Infrastructure

The upfront investment on hardware can be very expensive as they need to be kept maintained and updated. You no longer need to invest on hardware in advance with cloud computing, the scalability of cloud allow enterprise to enlarge the server whenever they want. Besides, many cloud packages include diverse software like Operation System which further reduces your IT cost.

Energy Cost

Cloud computing use less electricity due to the economics of scale, cloud provider charge business less energy cost than what you spend for your own in-house servers. Some researches show that cloud computing would help to save an estimated 68 – 87% in energy for its office computing. Enterprises can save thousands of dollars per month in result.
 

IT Specialist

Traditional servers are maintained by in-house IT specialist, the IT employee cost can be reduced because cloud providers are responsible for cloud management and maintenance. In fact, most of them offer 24/7 support and safeguard your cloud server at professional level. Thus, the salaries and other cost of tech team can be cut down.
 

Operation Cost

Cloud server makes remote working practical, this topic is popular recently because of Covid-19 outbreak. Your employee will be able to access the cloud and network with any devices outside office, the operation cost can be reduced consequently. A recent study shows that each remote employee could save up to US$11,000 a year in western countries.
 

Data Security

Business may invest a lot on the data security to protect data far from crisis, however there are many solution protecting the cloud data at a low cost in the cloud market, auto-backup and virtual private cloud are two common security technique used by many enterprises. These solutions are proven effective and efficient, helping users to save data addition cost.
 

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China Direct CN2 Route

China Direct CN2 Route (China Telecom Next Generation Carrier Network) is successor of ChinaNet Assess. CN2 has highest resilience, redundancy, low latency, meanwhile providing direct connections to all major global ISPs via fiber optic data delivery in order to serve global enterprises which are seeking for a high-quality connection with China. There are two types of CN2: Global Transit (CN2 GT) and Global Internet Access (CN2 GIA).

CN2 GT

CN2 GT is providing global customers with the transfer service of accessing global Internet resources at a low cost. It has more than 350 POPs locating in all China’s cities and major cities worldwide. Although CN2 GT has its own independent line for international connection, however the link is still in the domestic 163 backbone network which is comparatively slow.

CN2 GIA

CN2 GIA offers a premium access between mainland China and counties outside China. GIA is the abbreviation of global Internet access. It is working with dedicated path and acknowledged as the most reliable with the lowest latency network for overseas enterprise. It has dual-POPs in 161 cities and dual-PEs installed in 148 single-POP cities., covering nearly 200 major cities in China.

Business Class Solution For Oversea Enterprises

The LayerStack China Direct CN2 GIA Route offers a business class solution for overseas enterprises seeking a high-performance connection with China. This route is backed by the top three Chinese carriers including China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, ensuring high capacity, superior performance, solid reliability, and excellent connection speed. CN2 GIA route is now available to all LayerStack cloud server plans as an add-on service. With the addition 2-way direct connection, users will significantly reduce network latency and receive throughput improvements at a very small cost (US$ 2.5/month) .
 

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