Cloud computing is essentially the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. Software usage, information, data storage etc are all delivered and provided to users like a utility such as electricity or gas. The end user does not even need to know the location or configuration of the system that is delivering the services.
The cloud computing concept provides IT service without the end-user having to invest in new infrastructure, training, new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.
Cloud computing providers deliver applications via the internet, which are accessed from a Web browser, while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. In some cases, entire business applications have been coded using web-based technologies such as AJAX.
What this means for you or for your business.
- Back up Features – automatic back up and restore of data and files.
- Collaboration Features – several people or business colleagues can work on the same files.
- Sharing Features – easily share files with work colleagues or customers.
- Sync Features – sync files between different PCs. Employees can work on the road or at home and there is no longer a need to email files to each other.
- Storage Features – central storage of files for easy access by anyone that needs it.
There is no doubt that cloud storage and cloud computing is the direction in which things are going and is the future of home and business computing.