While AWS was the one that started cloud services with its EC2 (cloud-based server), S3 (cloud-based storage systems) and the SQS (a cloud-based queuing mechanism), cloud-based services have picked up momentum steadily since the 2000s. And why not? Cloud-based services make it much easier for companies to plug and play new functionalities in their business processes. Suppose you need to process some images on the fly or search for occurrences of a sentence in the web, whenever required. For both of these, you need to have the service readily available all the time, so that it responds whenever used. These types of services are seen to have the lowest latencies, the highest availabilities, and the lowest downtime when running on the cloud. The biggest advantage of using cloud-based services is that instead of everyone paying a high fixed charge, you pay as per your usage. So if someone hits an API 5 times, he pays $5. If someone hits an API 500 times, he pays $2500.
Advantages of cloud-based web scraping
Web scraping is fast becoming a part of many business processes in companies ranging from fashion brands to news agencies. In the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, data is of utmost importance, and there is no better place to get data from, than the World Wide Web – a place where data is almost infinite, and yet continuously growing. However, most businesses are wary of the complexities (both technical and dedicated resource requirements) associated with web scraping, which deters them from integrating this in their existing business workflow. That problem is solved when cloud-based web scraping solutions like the one provided by our team at PromptCloud comes into the picture. What a cloud-based web scraping service does is that it reduces the number of steps in the procurement of scraped data for your business.
Promptcloud’s cloud-based web scraping service
PromptCloud believes in making things easier for anyone who needs web scraping services, which is why it offers its fully managed web scraping services. To use it, all you would need to do is specify the data points you need and the web pages that need to be scraped. Once you do that, the data will be available to you in different cloud storage options along with REST-based API. The data can be in different formats too, as per your convenience – XML, JSON, CSV, etc. While normal web scraping services require multiple to and fro when you use PromptCloud’s web scraping services, all you need to do is submit your requirements once, and data will be updated at your desired frequency (including real-time web scraping) and provided to you in your desired delivery mechanism. So try out our cloud services now and convert your business decisions into data-backed business decisions.