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Cloud Computing- What is it all for?

by Mhairi Steele

The concept of Cloud Computing has been around since the 60′s but more and more companies are beginning to use cloud computing due to the increase level of security now available. But what is cloud computing and what is it all for?

Cloud Computing is when you use web-based applications to store information, rather than storing data on your computer as well as having access to your company’s computer systems.

There are a number of benefits of Cloud computing, here are a few:
Flexibility

Cloud Computing offers much more flexibility because your employees can see vital data and information from any computer and some also allow you to access business systems securely, remotely.
Low Cost

It also is a low cost option as it has a low cost investment (from as little as £5 a month) and because the cloud is often supplied by another company, there are not IT support staff costs for you to consider.
Quick

It is also a quick service as it allows you to bypass the lengthy set-up time and just start using the service immediately.
Up-to-date

The majority of providers regularly update their systems and add new features so you can be sure that you are constantly up-to-date.
Mobile

You can access the cloud anywhere so if you are away for a meeting or travelling somewhere, you can still access all your information and add to it whilst you are on the move.

There are different types of Cloud Computing, this can include a full cloud-based system or just some documents available online like Google Docs.

A great example of the use of Cloud Computing is this week’s announcement of the Higgs Boson particle which was released via a webcast and then shared via a ‘cloud’ system.

Businesses are increasing using cloud computing mainly because of the low costs and ease of accessibility and according to the BBC, by 2012 businesses using the cloud will double from 2010 levels.

What do you think of cloud computing? Do you use it on a daily basis? Do you use it for personal or business use? Let us know in the comment section below…

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