In simple words, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs on the Internet instead of on your computer’s hard drive.provider over the Internet.”) Ultimately, “the cloud” is just a metaphor for the Internet.
The Cloud” is the new technology catch phrase. In case you didn’t know, “Cloud” is another name for the Internet. Whenever you “move to the cloud” you are accessing a program, functionality or a piece of computer or telephone equipment via the Internet.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
economies of scale. Take for example a large, multi-location company. It doesn’t make sense to outfit each individual office with everything needed to conduct business. It makes more sense to centralize systems and functionality and then provide remote access to those systems. This can be done in-house or through a third party.
- the protection. Programs and systems are easier to secure when there are fewer entry points. Companies offering cloud based services have comprehensive security systems in place to protect their users, systems and software.
- scalability. The Old Fashioned – Each office needs its own set of equipment and programming and someone onsite to manage it. Now, internet access, thin clients and soft or IP phones are all that is required. Cloud based service companies provide all the support needed, so the money directed towards IT support can be used elsewhere. When a large company builds its cloud, it can also centralize IT support. When a new office opens, only a strong internet connection is required.
- Low upfront cost. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to purchase, implement, and manage servers, phone systems or software, a company can make up the costs associated with those items’ operating expenses. All cloud service providers charge monthly subscription fees and do not require large capital expenditures.
- Your technology will be up to date. Technology is always changing. Businesses are hesitant to make large investments in technology because they fear that what they are buying may become obsolete before they can experience ROI. Software needs to be updated frequently. If they are not updating, the software may be ineffective. By using the cloud, technology never becomes obsolete and is always up to date.
- Levels the playing field. With the cloud, a smaller company has access to the same technology and advancements that larger companies do. A small company can use the same state-of-the-art phone systems and computer software and functionality that a large multinational company would.