What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: infrastructure, platform and software.
Cloud computing gives you the exibility of connecting to your business anywhere, any time. With the growing number of web- enabled devices used in today’s business environment (e.g. smartphones, tablets), access to your data is even easier.
There are many benets to moving your business to the cloud:
Reduced IT costs
Moving to cloud computing may reduce the cost of managing and maintaining your IT systems. Rather than purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, you can reduce your costs by using the resources of your cloud computing service provider.
You may be able to reduce your operating costs because:
- the cost of system upgrades, new hardware and software may be included in your contract
- you no longer need to pay wages for expert staff
- your energy consumption costs may be reduced
- there are fewer time delays.
Access to automatic updates
Access to automatic updates for your IT requirements may be included in your service fee. Depending on your cloud computing service provider, your system will regularly be updated with the latest technology. This could include up-to-date versions of software, as well as upgrades to servers and computer processing power.
Your business can scale up or scale down your operation and storage needs quickly to suit your situation, allowing exibility as your needs change. Rather than purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computer service provider can handle this for you.
Using the cloud frees up your time so you can get on with running your business.
Flexibility of work practices
Cloud computing allows employees to be more exible in their work practices. For example, you have the ability to access data from home, on holiday, or via the commute to and from work (providing you have an internet connection). If you need access to your data while you are off-site, you can connect to your virtual ofce, quickly and easily.
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