WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?
Put simply, cloud computing is using remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than using on-site computers and/or servers.
Before cloud computing became widely available, people ran applications and programs from software downloaded onto their physical computers and/or from on-site servers. Cloud computing allows people to access the same applications and programs remotely, giving individuals and businesses unprecedented access to their data and dramatically reducing computer hardware and other equipment costs.
Let’s look at some of the many benefits of cloud computing in more detail.
Cloud-based services are ideal for growing businesses whose IT needs frequently change. Cloud computing is also favorable for businesses that want to provide their employees with the flexibility to work remotely—with cloud computing, employees can securely access the organization’s systems wherever they are. Cloud computing also enables businesses to scale up or down as needed—CyberlinkASP can tailor a program based on the specific needs of your business.
The security of cloud computing has been a concern over the years, yet today’s cloud computing practices may actually improve security. This is because vendors like CyberlinkASP are required to adhere to strict standards for cloud security. Hosting service and cloud storage providers also conduct regular audits to ensure their clients’ data are secure. Cloud computing also helps mitigate data breaches when laptops, desktops, and other devices are lost are stolen, allowing you to move or wipe data from the device before it gets into the wrong hands.
Cloud computing uses less electricity, reduces costs associated with IT infrastructure, and eliminates capital costs associated with the purchase of servers and other large-scale equipment. It addresses the natural ebb and flow of IT work—some days will inevitably be slower than others for your in-house IT staff, yet payroll is a constant. Cloud computing also reduces the redundant costs of keeping servers and other hardware kept on-site in case of emergencies.
Cloud computing requires less power usage than running on-site servers at your business, especially considering that most on-site servers aren’t being fully utilized at any given time, essentially wasting energy. Cloud computing addresses this issue organically through economies of scale. Whatever a company’s position may be on climate change, consumers routinely seek out “green companies.” For some this stems from a desire to boost their own image; for others it arises from a genuine interest in reducing their own CO2 footprint. Whatever the reasons, sustainability is an attractive feature for any business.
These are just some of the many benefits of cloud computing in business. Cloud computing is ideal for industries ranging from healthcare to legal to pharmaceutical and many others.
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