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An introduction to cloud computing and how it can help your business

A revolutionary approach to managing information
Cloud computing is a revolutionary approach to
managing information technology systems but there
are currently only very few people that would be
able to accurately describe what it is and how it can
benefit your business.

We have put together some information here
that can try to answer some of the questions
that exist around cloud computing and deal
with some of the perhaps, incorrect perceptions
that some people may have.

Hopefully this will serve to highlight how cloud computing can
help a firm manage their IT.

 

Information is stored on a central server
Cloud computing houses information in a central server that can be changed and altered by many different people all at the same time. Any PC can allow a user to access the different functions and applications they need to and retrieve the information they require but this involves more than simply signing into a PC,because all of the systems and complex platforms that are necessary for the user to be able to do this mus t all be in place first. Understanding this as a basic concept will help you to understand the principle of cloud computing and how it all works.

If you consider Google and their applications engine and think of this as
a platform then you can see how people can access different applications through it.

These applications enable a user to reach the information they need because
the platform takes information from different places and collects it.

Some of the apps are related directly to a given industry, such
as in a sales environment whereby information regarding calls into a
call center must be collated, for instance. The systems and applications
a business uses is what make up their internal structure.

A substantial amount of money can be made by operating the systems
that make up cloud computing. Some smaller businesses that are
still growing may have a much more simplistic computing system whilst other
much larger companies may have very complex cloud computing
systems that are controlled by operators that may charge substantial
fees for storage and costs.

It may be the case that a single server can handle all of the applications
a company needs to access and pays for this accordingly.
It may also be the case that a collection of users subscribe to the different applications in turn,
which takes care of the cost of the server that handles them.

Perhaps the greatest advantage though, is that using servers that are not based
on site are less expensive to keep running than are those that are based on site.
When servers are operated and maintained remotely the chances of
them crashing are slim to none, which makes cloud computing even more popular.