Power BI Reporting: What Is Vertical Cloud?

Power BI Reporting: What Is Vertical Cloud?

While cloud computing services were initially industry-neutral and horizontal, the picture is changing—the future of the cloud is more vertical and has a wide range of offerings with industry-specific requirements. Cloud adoption has become tightly integrated with the ability to customize cloud technology to the needs of a business.

In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage Power BI vertical cloud for competitiveness.

What Is a Vertical Cloud?

Today businesses generate large volumes of data. However, it’s one thing to have data, and it’s another to be able to leverage massive sets so precisely.

So how best can they make the most of the data? Enter the vertical cloud, also known as the industry cloud; the vertical cloud refers to a computing service tailored to meet the needs of a unique customer base. A cloud provider will create bespoke solutions suited for a specific industry instead of providing a one-size-fits-all solution that caters to everyone.

Vertical cloud computing enables organizations to make their services significantly more personalized. It also allows entire industries to get cloud computing tailored to their needs. For instance, a vertical cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) product for the healthcare industry will have features specifically designed for working with electronic health records and other applications unique to the industry.

In short, with vertical cloud services, customers and providers can enjoy unprecedented personalization.

Hyperscale providers increasingly provide vertical cloud services that automate business processes for specialized industries. Examples include Google Contact Center AI, AWS GovCloud, Oracle Manufacturing Cloud, IBM Cloud for Financial Services, and Microsoft Cloud for Non-Profit.

Why Choose a Vertical Cloud?

There are several benefits of using vertical cloud solutions.

For starters, it ensures increased scalability. Vertical scaling occurs when an existing IT resource is replaced or upgraded with another that offers a lower or higher capacity.

Scalability allows businesses to remain agile and competitive. Whether workload or traffic demands a sudden increase or decrease in cloud resources, a vertical cloud solution will enable organizations to respond appropriately and cost-efficiently to improve performance. With vertical scaling (scaling up or scaling down), organizations can increase or reduce power to an existing cloud server’s upgrading memory, processing power, or storage. Typically, this usually means that there is a scaling limit on the machine being scaled or the server’s capacity—scaling beyond that capacity often requires downtime.

To determine optimal cloud scalability, organizations need to conduct ongoing performance testing. They must continually measure the number of requests, response times, memory usage, and CPU load. Additionally, they should measure their cloud solution’s performance and ability to scale up or down based on user requests.

Cloud scalability can also be optimized through automation. You can determine a threshold usage that automatically triggers scaling so it doesn’t impact performance.

Other benefits of adopting vertical cloud include: 

  • Personalization of Services: Vertical cloud solutions offer services tailored to a specific sector. This capability comes in handy in an age where businesses must understand their industry beyond the regulatory and compliance requirements. Vertical cloud solutions stack cloud technologies designed to meet the needs of a specific industry. Businesses benefit from the personalized nature of these solutions in several ways, including improved user and data experiences, access to vital business insights, and better compliance. When cloud solutions deliver focused services, they ensure a technological level of efficiency that’s hard to attain and maintain with a mix of hybrid, on-premise, and third-party solutions.
  • On-Demand Access to Resources: Like any other cloud solution, the vertical cloud enables the delivery of on-demand IT resources over the internet. Common IT resources include analytics, databases, intelligence, servers, storage, and networking. It, therefore, cuts operational costs, ensures infrastructure runs smoothly and makes it possible to scale operations with changing business needs.

Why Cloud Is Safer Than On-Premise Data Management

Anytime a debate about cloud versus on-premise servers arises, it’s crucial to consider your business needs. Whatever option you choose has trade-offs, so you should be well-informed before deciding which data management option will best meet your business needs.

That said, the cloud is an excellent option for many businesses, given that it offers cost-saving and functional benefits, such as the ability to scale efficiently. Here’s why the cloud is a better option than on-premise data management:

  • Better Security: A significant advantage that cloud computing has over on-premise data management is segmentation from user workstations. Threat actors predominantly use phishing and other social engineering attacks to breach networks. The attacks almost always enter through end-user devices. Your workstations are completely segmented when you host in the cloud. This means end-users aren’t sitting in the corporate network where the data storage happens.
  • Reduce IT Staff Tasks: Since a third-party cloud services provider will manage your cloud storage, your IT staff no longer needs to perform responsibilities like installing updates or patches. This frees them to attend to other essential tasks.
  • Perform Regular Data Backups: Cloud-based servers offer easy data backup than on-premise servers. Consistent backups enable easy retrieval of your data in case of a data loss event, such as the accidental deletion of local files. Simply put, the cloud minimizes your company’s risk of losing vital data.
  • Adjust Your Business Needs: Cloud storage is easily scalable. Unlike on-premise servers that may require that you acquire and install new hardware, cloud servers can be expanded (or decreased) to meet your business needs. Companies experiencing rapid growth don’t have to worry about slowing down because their equipment can’t keep up.
  • Adjust Your Budget: Regardless of whether you want to scale up or down, you can adjust your budget to satisfy your business’s cloud computing needs.

Wrapping Up

Data in the cloud allows organizations to harness valuable insights from their collected data. These datasets are like fingerprints, scarce and intensely insightful to the problems your customers face. Having quick access will allow you to improve customer experiences.

Getting data reports quickly and efficiently into the right hands over the proper channels is why PBRS is an indispensable tool. Are you looking for help in streamlining your data sources and implementing PBRS? Start your free 30-day trial today.

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