Everyone’s talking about it, but what is it?
Firstly, we need to understand what ‘the cloud’ is. Basically ‘the cloud’ is another term for the internet, a collection of millions of computers and servers (computers with more specific roles), all connected to each other that store files and have programs or applications installed on them in the same way as our home or office computers.
Cloud computing is a way of utilising the computers and servers on the internet to store our files and run our software instead of having to use our own devices. As long as you have an internet connection, you can work from anywhere.
The benefits of cloud computing can vary greatly depending on how you use your computers and software applications.
Some of the many benefits of cloud computing can include a reduction in hardware costs and energy consumption; scalability of on-demand resources; access to office and communication applications anywhere in the world; standardisation of software costs; added redundancy and security for your data.
There are however, disadvantages or concerns that need to be considered with cloud computing, one of the largest being the dependence on an internet connection. Things can also get tricky if your connection speed is not great or you have a limit on data transfer over your connection.
Any cloud based solution needs to be considered and planned just as well as any on-site network solution and how you currently use your IT and plan to use it in the future will determine whether it’s right for you.
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