Cloud computing is a online form of computing (Web 2.0 in fact) where users can access applications via a browser, while the application is installed and stored (as well as the data) on a server. This is a whole new form of computing and is allowing thousands of users from all around the world to access something without having to download and install anything on their own computers. An example of this would be Google Docs.
Though it may not sound safe, there are many benefits for cloud computing. In fact, many companies use it, including Amazon, Yahoo, Google, Zoho, Microsoft and Salesforce. This becoming the norm in computing and software, though there is some risk. So what is the big to do about cloud computing? What makes it so fabulous? Here are just a few of the reasons.
Reduced Cost It helps keep the cost down for both the users and website owners. Also for the users, they can access it from any computer and still have the file they need. For the owners, they do not need to reproduce the software and ship it out. They just rent the server space.
More Storage They can hold more storage than a personal computer can. It takes away the need for the upgrading computer memory, which also helps keep the cost down for the companies and users alike.
Automatically Updated Owners no longer need to hire people to update more than one server, and it also helps the users who do not like to download updates for the software. The server gets the updates and everyone who uses the service gets the updates without updating anything on their end.
Computing Flexibility It has more flexibility than other network computing systems and saves time plus money for people who are in a time crunch.
Mobility Like most networks it allows users to connect even without their own computers, meaning you can do your work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a internet connection and a computer access. So you can take your work with you on your wedding and vacations.
No Downloads The users do not need to download anything, so that saves time and hard drive space for users. They can just log onto the network.
Shared Resources A key component of cloud computing is that companies share resources. With cloud computing, this allows them all to have access to the resources via cloud computing. This again saves businesses time and money by placing their resources all in one location that is easy for their workers to look up and access.
More benefits are the fact that it helps companies and government keep their files safe on their servers and less likely to be lost or stolen on a hard drive. One is also able to store copies of files that you need, but do not want to save on your own hard drive by using cloud computing. You can also share important work files with each other workers and send them back and forth.
So they are plenty of benefits for working with a cloud computing, and many out weigh the reasons why not to use cloud computing. Cloud computing is still growing and many government bodies and company organizations already use this type of network for their businesses. This type of computing allows them to focus on what matters and not to worry about technology side of things. Cloud computing does have its place, though it is not for all companies.