One of the new technologies that has companies abuzz is what is known as “cloud computing”. This technology involves one digital network serving as the home base for many resources that are accessible from many different media platforms. The cloud server manages the applications through which data is transmitted and also stores the data. Typically, a cloud network member will log into the cloud system through the client server. They then access applications that are housed remotely, complete their tasks, and store their documentation and files to the cloud server.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
There are many benefits to cloud computing. The first is that users can avoid installing costly and time-consuming applications directly onto their computer or mobile computing device. This moves away from the traditional network model that is still used today in most companies. In that model, servers host applications and store data, but individual users of the workgroup at large must each obtain a user license and download the application software they need to utilize. In cloud computing, these applications do not need to be licensed or installed because they are offered on a web-based browser platform.
Another benefit of this is that software does not need to be tirelessly updated to new versions every few months (or weeks, as the case is with some software!) The software applications utilized through the browser base are automatically updated to the latest version and then provided through the cloud server.
Cloud computing and cloud servers provide another benefit. Combining the processing power and memory of all the computers and devices in a cloud network can make difficult and expensive tasks, like “backing up” huge amounts of data and processes, easy.
Small businesses with little to no budgetary funds for technology equipment can really utilize cloud computing to meet their business needs, since something as simple as one smart phone can harness the power of a cloud. All storage and processing is done remotely and applications are able to be accessed through only a simple Internet connection.
Finally, since all data is stored remotely, cloud computing also offers the benefits of eliminating the need for portable storage software, such as thumb drives, CDs, DVDs and jump drives. All applications and documents can be accessed from the cloud server desktop platform, no downloading or file retrieving necessary.