Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the next logical step in the development of computer technology. Instead of thousands of copies of programmes sitting on servers in offices worldwide, the programme sits on a central server and is accessed via the internet.

Before Cloud Computing

Over 40 years ago, computing was the preserve of the few.  Computers were enormous and large tape reels whirred and clicked to perform the simplest calculation.  Over time these cumbersome giants grew smaller and faster until they were so small and fast that they sat in every home and in every office.  Companies usually had one master computer or server that ran the main programmes and other computers within the business operated as subsidiaries of the main computer.

With this server-based model came potential problems. Each computer programme used had to be separately loaded on to the server and this made them expensive both in terms of buying the programme and also in the need to maintain an IT department to run and upgrade the programmes.  In addition, if the server broke down or was stolen the business records were lost and sometimes that meant that the business was also forced to close.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the next logical step in the development of computer technology.  Instead of thousands of copies of programmes sitting on servers in offices worldwide, the programme sits on a central server and is accessed via the internet.

This method of working brings instant advantages.  The cost of the programme itself becomes cheaper.  Instead of large up-front costs, Cloud technology is paid for through low-cost subscriptions referred to as SaaS, Software as a Service.  For further cost savings, all the IT installation and upgrades are handled by a central team which means that individual businesses don’t have to maintain an IT department.  Most importantly there is no danger of business records being lost.  Not only are cloud programmes stored in secure data centers, they are continuously replicated in alternate sites.  This means that in the unlikely event of a data center failure, the alternate site takes over, usually without the user even noticing.

Cloud solutions are used by businesses worldwide to manage their CRM, ERP and accounting functions.  Cloud solutions can host and manage your e-mail systems, store scanned documents and manage your calendar and dairy.  All for a fraction of the cost of maintaining separate server-based programmes and with added security.

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