The business world has seen many new things come and go. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether or not something will be a fad or if it will be a useful development that can help a business grow. Cloud computing is one such innovation that is being talked about in many circles.
Naturally, you are forced to wonder whether this technology is going to prove to be a tool for growing your business or just another hyped product.
Cloud Computing allows a user to access a network of shared devices to access their information, processing power, or other connected resources. This can be done by logging into the Cloud with any computer or applicable mobile device that provides internet browsing. Any information that is generated is then saved to the appropriate server in the Cloud.
At first blush, it may sound like nothing more than a typical network solution. It is far more and can save a company a fair amount of money. The primary difference lay in the fact that applications executed on the Cloud are done so using the Cloud’s resources. The user launches and uses the application through their web browser as a “service”.
They do not need to have any software installed on the accessing device to use it. Traditional networks required appropriate client software to make use of an on-server program. All the software needed to execute programs in this way is hosted on the cloud.
The centralized location of software and information makes it much easier to perform maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. Information can be saved to the Cloud network allowing users in Hong Kong, Seattle, and London to all contribute on a project with ease on any device able to run a web browser. They are never out of sync with each other or any changes made to the Cloud.
Users often view external maintenance and access as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is an easier way to outsource IT functions to a firm that provides up-to-date support. Others view it as a potential security problem that could rear its head in the future.
Both lines of thinking are valid and worth considering. Security for a Cloud is often a multi-faceted approach that gives a user access to what they are supposed to have access to.
If only payroll and management are permitted to access payroll records then that can easily be done.
The versatility Cloud computing offers cannot be overstated. That versatility translates directly into increased efficiency for all parties involved.
Utilizing a Cloud frees up valuable time for employees and management. Any bit of information they could possibly need to do their job well in any location is hosted right there on the Cloud. All it takes is a web browser and log in information to be immersed back into work.
As an experienced technology expert, Keith Barrett follows the latest trends in hosted desktop use and cloud computing.