Have you heard about Cloud Computing?
It’s a term that’s starting to show up more and more in business and social products, but much like the word “cloud” it doesn’t immediately speak of how it can benefit your business. It would be prudent for you to read on and learn just how significant an impact it can make for you and your business.
Cloud Computing? What does this mean.
Cloud Computing is a newer technology and application framework that is rapidly making changes on internet connected devices and services worldwide. Whereas the current model of business computing requires having a computer or work station that holds all your files, is updated to the latest software, contains the required hardware, this new concept moves all the files, advanced hardware onto servers that you connect to with your own computer via the network, and do all your computing “in the cloud”. The term “In the cloud” is used because the practical management of the hardware that contains the files is abstracted, and they are only ever present on your computer when specifically downloaded.
Why would I do my computing in the cloud?
Think of all the times you’ve been away from your computer and needed to review a file, or wished to resume work on a project, or build on prior work when inspiration strikes. Time is always an issue, and inspiration needs to be captured as soon as possible, and by having your work in the cloud, you start or resume work using any internet connected computer. Be it an internet cafe, a smart phone, an international computer lab, a potential new clients conference room or a simple notebook. Computing in the cloud severs the tether’s to the brick and mortar workstation and provides you with flexibility, fluidity and mobility.
How does it work
Networks of servers host the files, and in turn, technicians manage these servers, and you login to your account and access the resources and files, working on them and running software also hosted on those serves. The power of the computer or device being used to access and works on these files becomes redundant as long as it can successfully provide an interface for you to access your files from anywhere. Imagine you’re traveling and simply by using your everyday smart phone to access massive amounts of data beyond thousands of gigabytes, and run advanced software on this data, connecting to to an international team also working on the data.
What other benefits are there?
Increasing the amount of work that can be done while mobile relieves tension and stress when dealing with deadlines. Work can be completed with more smaller segments which are easier to manage as opposed to a few large development pushes. Shorter arcs of work reduce fatigue and increase the quality and care put into the work.
When working as part of a team, cloud managed applications are guaranteed to always run the same version of software which enhances compatibility and shifts time usually spent on file converters and compatibility into time spent actually working on the project and making progress. Reliability is improved if multiple redundant sites are used, which makes well designed cloud computing suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery.
As for the management of the hardware and software, that necessity is solely in the hands of the technicians caring for the servers by installing in a timely manner new features, applying updates, maintaining security precautions which means the health and up time are maintained to an industry standard of 99.9%. This also removes the budgetary needs to employ full-time IT staff as part of your own company. By removing the block between your company and advance network communication and work by Computing in the Cloud, newer companies can perform more competitively in markets normally dominated by large businesses with extensive IT budgets.
Who computes in the cloud?
Anyone and any business can. With each day more people adopt practices that are “computing in the cloud” from social aspects sharing written work, music, videos all through an online interface. Businesses are rapidly moving to use the resources available to collaborate on documents, spread sheets, presentations and more. Schools and research have teams around the world working on the same material, technicians and programmers also work on coding, committing their progress to code bases stored in central servers.
When can I start cloud computing?
Right now. If you think about it, you probably already do in some way shape or form, and the progress of developing new ways to manage files and do work from any remote location shows no sign of slowing – some manufacturers have designed laptops that only compute in the cloud. It’s very likely that there will come a day that “computing in the cloud” becomes the norm.
Even before that day though, it’s very likely you can benefit from doing business in the cloud today.
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