You’ve probably heard people throw around the word cloud computing or the cloud before, most likely at a conference alongside other buzzwords, but what is cloud computing?
In simple terms, cloud computing is the practice of using remote servershosted on the internet to store and process data, instead of a local server or computer.
Usually if you’re using cloud software, you would go to a website and login, instead of the traditional approach of opening a program on your computer’s desktop. The Cloud has become increasingly popular with the rise of SaaS (Software as a Service) with heaps of software providers now charging a subscription instead of a once off fee and download.
Benefits of cloud computing
The Cloud can be a great tool to help improve productivity and give your employees a more flexible workplace. This in turn can help boost morale and happiness amongst the ranks. Employees can easily work from home without needing to come into the office to access a program or certain files. It also allows staff to work from a client's business or present proposals easily.
Using the Cloud doesn't require too much horsepower and can actually help keep your device running smoothly with less memory used up, so unless you're still rocking a Commodore 64 you're right to go!
You can also help to encourage a greener workplace by lowering the volume of printing and actually contributing to lower carbon emissions from employees working from home and not driving. This is always a great way to generate some Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Security is often touted as a huge draw-card to using Cloud but can be a double edged sword. Saving your data online means that it's safe from an office fire, (setting the griller to oven instead of toaster again!) theft or failure, but some servers come with their own issues.
Some Cloud providers may not care about your data security as much as you do, opting instead for cheaper locations. Some of the large providers keep their server farms (where your data is stored) overseas and often in countries that have lax privacy laws and are less secure than here in Australia.
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