No, that isn’t the weather forecast. It is the potential outlook for anyone choosing to take up cloud space for their business rather than perform their own hosting and security. Clouds have become quite a trend in the business world lately and hate them or love them, they are here to stay. You may not realise it, but every time you use an internet search engine or order a book or record online, you are, in fact, using a cloud to make that purchase. Clouds are everywhere now, not only in the sky.
Types of Clouds
Clouds can be private or public. The private type is the property of a large business through which all their data is streamed and held safely. Public clouds are available to anyone on the internet, large or small and you can take up as much space as you wish. Social networking sites travel through a cloud, although you may not realise it. It would not be viable to have someone sitting there controlling all the traffic that flows through such a site. The aim of any cloud is to provide a safe and secure environment for any customer’s information.
- There are a number of reasons why cloud computing is proving beneficial to the small to medium businessperson.
- The lack of on-site hosting greatly reduces costs to the business.
- Use of a cloud allows remote access so that home workers can be employed, reducing overheads and the need to have a “base” or main office.
- The cloud provider will keep updating the software so that you can be sure your data is being kept safe, protected by the latest firewalls and software on the market.
- You only pay for the service you need. There is even a pay as you go option whereby you use and pay only for what you need and no more.
- Clouds have been claimed to be more environmentally friendly than traditional usage. This is because of the fact that many organisations are sharing one resource and not building multiples.
- Cloud usage is flexible and you can switch at ease to the one that suits you best with minimum cost.
Do I want a cloud?
If you have recently started a small to medium business where a lot of your data is going to be held on computer and you do not wish to employ your own specific software expert, the cloud is the thing for you. If you need to keep data safe and secure for your business needs you should think about a cloud computing service. If you do not know where to begin looking, try a comparison site and see what suits you best. Remember that changing clouds is simple, so you can keep moving until you are happy.
Explaining how a cloud works is not difficult but could be quite confusing. If you have the kind of brain that does not understand data streams and networks and platforms, you definitely will be better off getting your space on a cloud and letting someone else take the strain. Then you can enjoy those breaks the forecaster promised you.