What does ‘Cloud computing’ mean?

SONY DSCBuzzwords are rife in any industry but possibly none so much as IT.

Over the coming months we’ll be publishing regular jargon busting articles to explain what some of these buzzwords and acronyms mean in reality.

First in the series ‘Cloud computing’.

The background

Cloud computing was actually born in the 60s but just had to wait for the birth of the internet to really make an impact on the masses in the 90s.

So what does cloud computing mean?

Cloud computing = using remote servers hosted on the internet to process, store and manage data rather than using your hard drive or a server that is stowed away in your office.

Some examples of cloud computing

Whether it be at home or work the majority of us are already engaged with Cloud computing at some level we just don’t necessarily realize it.

Here are a few examples of cloud services:

Microsoft Sharepoint, Salesforce, Microsoft Lync, Dropbox,
Microsoft Office 365, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Hotmail

What can the benefits of cloud be?

The benefits of cloud won’t work for every organisation as many will be better suited to physical, hybrid or other solutions.

Where cloud is the right choice for an organisation we find the following are 3 key benefits:

  • Accessible anywhere – it doesn’t matter if your staff are based in the main office a satellite office or at home, so long as they have an Internet connection and are an authorized user they can access cloud services.
  • Budget friendly & flexible – unlike older software that is licensed per year per machine the majority of cloud services are based on per user per month, meaning if someone joins or someone leaves you can simply add or remove users.
  • No maintenance or hardware – as the services are based in the cloud you automatically receive access to the most up to date version without having to run hardware and maintenance updates.

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