What are the benefits of cloud computing?
Cloud computing allows you to have software that is always up to date and to allow many users to access that software without having to install it on every users computer. This will give you reduced costs and initial outlay for software and future updates.
You can also reduce your hardware costs as there is no need for storage space on your computer. For those that go entirely on the cloud there is a momentum growing to be able to supply computers without the need for hard drives making netbooks and laptops much lighter and smaller. They would also have no data security issues as no information would be stored on them. That would stop the stories of highly sensitive data being lost on stolen or lost laptops.
Using a cloud system gives you scalability in that you can add or take away services from your cloud as your business needs change. As we all know making such changes can be very expensive.
Working with a cloud gives great flexibility as you can now have workers any where in the world with access to the cloud. In many cases it should be possible to close the physical office and have outworkers or satellite offices in areas where offices cost less if you deem one necessary.
Cloud computing can be more environmentally friendly as power consumption and the need to travel can be greatly reduced. It will also reduce the need to keep upgrading equipment and placing more old electronic items into landfill sites.
Good cloud systems will be backed up so there will be no need for you to worry about loss of data or paying for back up systems in case your equipment is stolen or destroyed.
A word of caution about security.
With the cloud you must remember that you have a duty of care regarding security and although you may be entirely dependent on your cloud provider to protect data at their end you still have access yourself and your log in and password should be kept secure. You will also have to ensure that any users also keep log in and passwords safe and be careful about allowing unauthorised persons from seeing things on screen that are private. When using a computer owned by someone else do not let it remember log in and passwords in the browser.
See my previous article Cloud Computing – What is it?
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