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3 Things Your Business Should Know About the Cloud

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Cloud computing is an online solution for companies to manage their computing resources. Over the years, the term has gone through many transformations; in general, when we refer to “the cloud” we refer to the internet and “in cloud” operations describe how companies store and access their data via an internet connection. Cloud computing permits companies and enterprises of all sizes and shapes, to gain access to information in the virtual world, thus creating a flexible and international opportunity for accessing that information from anywhere, at any time.

 
A Better Understanding of Cloud Computing for Business
 
The internet is completely changing the way people run their business and interact with an audience in society. From a traditional point of view, software and hardware is totally integrated on the computer of a user. Basically, this indicates that people have access to programs and data exclusively on your personal computer. Cloud computing permits users to access programs and data outside the personal space of their computer; the data is not stored on that computer but in “the cloud,” somewhere online where you (and other users with access) can reach that information from literally any device with an internet connection.
 
 
In simpler terms, experts associate cloud computing to renting and not buying space on an online server from cloud services providers. Rather than purchase IT requirements, you rent them and you only pay for user resources. In terms of models and types, there are 4 available. Companies should assess all of them before deciding on which suits best for your data and business needs.
 
  • Private cloud – only you and the service provider has access to the data. For sensitive data requirements, companies may opt for a private cloud
  • Community cloud – two or more organizations have access to the same private cloud
  • Public cloud – services are piled up on an off-site and can be accessed by anyone with access to the web; the service is extremely flexible and cheap although it is susceptible to risks
  • Hybrid cloud – cloud services that are both private and public
 
Understanding the Way Cloud Computing Operates
 
Companies that would like to consider cloud computing should know that there are three types of service models available:
 
  • SaaS – software as service
  • IaaS – infrastructure as services
  • PaaS – platform as service
 
Out of the 3 models we just mentioned, the most common is SaaS. This form of cloud computing is suitable for small and medium size businesses. Access to information is gained via software apps that are hosted by the internet using a browser and not by conventional apps stored on a server or PC. The software app host manages and controls the app, including setting and additional software updates. The user has limited control over the configuration and app settings.
 
Benefits of Using Cloud Computing for Business
 
There are many benefits linked to cloud computing. First of all, the service allows companies to set up a “virtual office,” thus offering access to information in a secure way, to more than one individual. Considering that web-enabled gadgets and devices have gone mainstream, it’s only natural to business people to want to stay connected all the time. Here are some other benefits associated with “the cloud”:
 
  • Convenient costs – cloud computing helps companies reduce the cost of maintaining and managing IT services; system upgrades and security checks are usually included in the initial purchase package
  • Scalability – cloud computer services providers take charge of expensive/necessary upgrades without charging you extra
  • Business continuity – data protection and periodic checks are vital for the continuity and flow of your business
  • Collaboration effectiveness – more people around the office will get access to the same information without having to leave the office or third parties to access files
  • Automatic updates – many cloud computing providers offer free updates, usually based on the package you purchased in the beginning; the latest technological advances will take care of your business 24/7, and this advantage is paramount for the proper functioning of your company
 
Bottom line, cloud computing is vital for all modern companies. It is easy to use, safe, and cheap. Rather than pay a fortune for software and hardware fixes every month, it’s best to get to know “the cloud.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the benefits.
 
Author: Daniel Lewis works for Conosco.com.
Published: March 24, 2015
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