What is “cloud computing” you may ask. In simple terms Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. Resources, software and information provided to computer and other devices are shared over a network, the internet.
Software applications abound in the marketplace, giving us a wide choice in our quest to obtain the perfect software solution. Business and individuals purchase software they believe will suit their respective needs. The choice is based on research, business suggestions, word of mouth etc.
Before you decide to purchase an application or subscribe to a “cloud” provider, you should consider the pros and cons of both. Each has their merits.
Cloud computing, in a nutshell, shared services. This type of data centre environment allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with easier manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust IT resources (such as servers, storage, and networking) to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.
End users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud application providers strive to give the same or better service and performance as if the software programs were installed locally on end-user computers.
Consider the following four (4) points before signing on the dotted line.
A robust web application
- Centralized administration: that lets you manage all your business documents and email in one place.
- Reliability and support: 99.9% uptime service availability.
- Secure by default: Security is maintained and updated by leaving your business secure and you stress free.
- Pricing that makes sense.
Cloud computing services that you may be familiar with, Gmail (google), Yahoo mail, Flickr, Picasa, Microsoft Share Point services.
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