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What is ‘cloud computing’?

Cloud computing takes advantage of your broadband Internet connection to outsource your computing resources, allowing you to use powerful computer services without the expense and hassle of buying and installing the latest workstations and servers. The two main reasons business adopt cloud computing are cost saving and scalability. A good informational piece is available  here.

 

How does it work?

By using cloud storage, you don’t have to store the information on your own hard drive. Additionally, you can access it from any location and download it onto any device of your choice, including laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Moreover, you can also edit files, such as Word documents, customer databases, inventory records etc simultaneously with other users, making it easier to work away from the office.

What are the benefits?

If your business needs change suddenly, cloud computing makes it easy to upgrade your services. A simple phone call is enough to increase your service level, granting you access to greater storage space and more powerful services. If your needs change again and you find that you no longer need your more powerful plan, you can drop your excess coverage for a leaner plan. Cloud computing allows your business to use cutting-edge data tools without expensive overheads. Other major benefits include the ability for your business to share large files across networks, enabling improved collaboration.

 

What are the disadvantages?

Like everything else, cloud computing too has its pros and cons. While the technology can prove to be a great asset to your company, it could also cause harm if not understood and inadvertently misused. Some of the commonest disadvantages related to cloud computing are security; being entirely based on the Internet makes it vulnerable to attack from hackers. Compatibility; if a lapse in hardware or software updates was to occur this could open up issues with seamless file sharing and transfer. Compliance; if your “cloud” data storage was to be shared amongst multiple servers in different countries you may have problems accessing some data if servers were to have technical issues.

Where is it headed?

For the foreseeable future, Cloud computing is here to stay domestically and internationally. Studies project that more than 50 percent of all information technology will be in the cloud within the next five to ten years. There are many companies which offer cloud computing technologies, products and services. To find some which might suit your needs try simply searching for ‘cloud computing services Australia’.