What is Cloud Computing?
Instead of installing a suite of software for each computer, you only have to load one application. That application would allow workers to log into a Web-based service which hosts all the programs the user would need for his or her job. Remote machines owned by your company or a third party would run everything from e-mail to word processing to complex data analysis programs. It’s called cloud computing, and it is changing the entire computer industry.
In a cloud computing system, there’s a significant workload shift. Local computers no longer have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to running applications. The network of computers that make up the cloud handles them instead. Hardware and software demands on the user’s side decrease. The only thing the user’s computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system’s interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud’s network takes care of the rest.
There’s a good chance you’ve already used some form of cloud computing. If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you’ve had some experience with cloud computing. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn’t exist on your computer — it’s on the service’s computer cloud.
Are you looking to move your business to the cloud? We can help. Contact us today to discuss your needs and we will help develop a solution that is right for you.
NOTE: If you are looking in to a cloud solution for your business, or you already have one setup, you may also want to look in to our Redundant Internet Connections to ensure that your business doesn’t experience an outage during critical times.