What is Cloud Computing?
Did you know that cloud computing has been around for a long time? The idea of cloud computing dates back to the 1960’s but many believe its first use in modern context occurred in 2006 when Google CEO Eric Schmidt introduced the term to an industry conference.
The term cloud computing can often be hard to understand but in laymens terms it means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of using your computer’s hard drive.
Many of us have utilised it in one form or another in our everyday lives for example like internet banking!
Cloud computing offers various benefits for all businesses, such as:
- Working Remotely:Cloud computing allows employees to be more flexible 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 office, quickly and easily.
- Cost Reduction: 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 can be managed for you
- you no longer need to pay wages for expert staff
- your energy consumption costs may be reduced
- there are fewer time delays
3. A Shift of Care and Responsibility: All of your IT challenges are taken care of by your provider via a dedicated server infrastructure, your cloud based line of business program.
This may include expert monitoring and ongoing support and maintenance to ensure you are kept at a constant working level.