Have you ever heard of the term cloud computing? This is an online form of computing which enables users to access applications and data via a browser while the actual applications and data themselves are stored and installed in a separate server. Thus, users from all around the globe can access information and applications without having to download and install them in their computers. Google Docs is a perfect example of shared application through cloud computing.
If you are starting or running an SME and you want to save money, then using applications distributed through cloud computing. Even large companies such as Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce all utilize these kinds of applications.
Here are just a few of the reasons why cloud-computing shared applications are perfect for you:
1. Reduced Cost Traditionally, if your company is using several computers, you need to buy a copy of a licensed software application for each computer. Each copy is quite expensive, costing hundreds of dollars. Multiply that with the number of computers that the software needs to be installed in, and you will face a massive expense.
In cloud computing, there is no need to buy an application that you need to install in your computer, saving you a lot of money. You only need to spend for renting the server space. In addition, your staff can access their files from any computer.
2. Extended storage Since the application is not installed in your computer but in a separate server, you can save storage space in your own unit. There is no need for upgrading computer memory; this is done by the firm distributing the application.
3. Automatic updates As mentioned before, updates are done automatically by the application’s provider. Thus you do not need to hire people to update your servers or purchase an update. Furthermore, you experience extra convenience if you are the kind of person who abhors downloading regular, online updates for the software (after all, you will never know if that update link is malware). In fact, you automatically get updates without doing anything at your end!
4. Increased computing flexibility Cloud computing allows more flexibility than any other network computing system. This saves you a considerable amount of time and effort.
5. Increased mobility Because your data is stored in a separate server, you can access the information you need anywhere in the world where there is a computer that can access the Internet. In addition, some applications can now run on mobile devices—cell phones, PDA’s, laptops, tablets, etc.—that can access cyberspace.
6. No need to download By just logging on to the network, you can access information and applications without having to download anything. And remember, downloading updates, programs, and applications that seem useful and harmless may be wolves in sheep’s clothing. They may contain malware that can damage your computer or intrude on your privacy.
7. Sharing of public resources Cloud computing allows companies to share public resources. If you have a large number of people working for you, this can be a boon since it allows everyone to access resources in one location.
Cloud computing allows you, as a business owner, to focus on running your business without having to concern yourself with the technology side of things. It is growing, and many organizations are already using this type of network.