With technology and computing constantly changing, Cloud Computing has defiantly revolutionised the way in which computers, licenses, and software are bought.
Cloud computing represents a shift in how company’s operate their IT, moving from in-house shared servers to huge on-line (cloud) servers.
Today: Shared resources, software and information, provide businesses with the benefits of anywhere, anytime, access to data, improved reliability, and software that is up to date with less danger of virus’s and other threats.
Before Cloud Computing
- Company’s physically had all IT resources within the office clogging up space
- Large amounts of internet bandwidth was required
- An awful lot of cooling was needed to stop servers from getting hot and damaged
- A large budget to include all hardware and software was expected
So, what is Cloud Computing?
Most people are already using it. I’m sure you are familar with Hotmail, yahoo, shared calendar appointments? They are all stored on servers virtually – this is Cloud Computing.
If your business is a user of a CRM software like Microsoft’s V4, all of your invoices, contact information and details stored on the program are again stored on a server where they are hosted allowing a user to access them anywhere.
Basically Cloud Computing is where a piece of information or document is stored on a server virtually and accessible anywhere meaning you don’t have to carry around USB sticks or be sat at a desk.
What’s in it for me and my business?
Cloud Computing is fast becoming the way forward for small businesses, there are numerous benefits:
- Pay only for what you use
- Easy fast deployment to users
- Monthly payment
- Requires less in-house staff
- Accessible anywhere
- Flexibility with hardware and software
- Less power hungry – making you even greener
So… If you like to save money, energy and time, it’s time to convert to the ‘Cloud’