Cloud Computing is likely to be the future of computing, changing the way we work and keeping us is touch
What is Cloud Computing?
Basically, instead of individuals and businesses storing their data on their computers or servers; it will be stored on servers in the internet. Also the software can be in the cloud, or downloaded from there as part of the users’ subscription
Advantages of Cloud Computing
There are several advantages, mainly financial.
- It should be possible for a small business to get rid of and stop worrying about a back office server. The cloud provider runs and looks after the servers
- Reduced IT Support costs follow from above.
- Being subscription based, there are lower capital costs, and budgeting is easier.
- It is ‘scalable’: should your business expand or contract the subscriptions can be increased or reduced easily.
- You and the staff are no longer tied to the desktop, emails and documents can be accessed on a number of devices, such as phones and tablets, or via the web.
- This is ideal for a mobile or dispersed workforce, and allows them to operate almost as though they are in the office. Some businesses have used the cloud to move to ‘home-working’ and dispense with an expensive city centre office.
- There are cost savings, because smaller and leaner devices can be used.
- No worrying about backups, the cloud provider takes care of your data.
- If you do suffer disaster; such as fire, flood, theft or a hard disc dying; you can replace the equipment and get back to work immediately; almost immediately.
Office 365 from Microsoft is an ideal cloud solution, providing an email service, document storage, and Lync to stay in touch with co-workers and customers. Find out more about Office 365.