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Cloud computing for beginners

Let’s start from the beginning – what is cloud computing?

Cloud computing continues to be a popular topic in the business world, but do you understand cloud computing and realise how it could benefit your business?

This is not a question to catch you out. It’s simply to help bring you up to speed if you are finding that cloud is everywhere and yet you cannot quite get your head around it all.

Gartner defines Cloud Computing as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to external customers using Internet technologies”; to summarise, it is the practice of utilizing networking services hosted online in order to access and manage data.

This essentially means that when you ‘move to the cloud’ you will be working in more flexible environment. In the cloud you can access information, applications and communications online as well as store your data.

The different types of cloud:

Businesses can adopt cloud computing services through 3 platforms which include private, public and hybrid.

Private services are delivered internally which offers more control to organisations, whereas public services come from a third party delivered through the internet; examples include Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine. The hybrid version of the cloud is a mixture of both public and private models which tend to be an automation and adaptation of the two in order to take full advantage of both platforms.

Deciding which cloud to choose for your business is a decision that will very much depend on your requirements but that’s a whole other topic.

How could Cloud Computing benefit your business?

So now you understand that cloud computing is an efficient way to utilize internet networking to provide storage, solutions and data processing, you may wonder how this can really benefit your business and help your customers?

The cloud is a cost-effective solution and gives your business a higher level of flexibility. Your employees can access information at anytime, anywhere which increases staff productivity. When your staff are more productive your business gets a boost and your customers receive a more efficient service.

There are multiple benefits to moving to the cloud but scalability, flexibility and cost are key motivators.

What is the future of the cloud?

The cloud is becoming more efficient hence why so many enterprises are investing in this resource in order to communicate and share data. In 2015 Forbes reported that 58% of enterprises predict their use of cloud computing will increase top-line revenue growth in three years and 67% of enterprises say that marketing, purchasing, and supply chain are somewhat and mostly cloud-based as of today.

It is therefore fair to say that soon, in one way or another, nearly all organisations will utilize and be reliant on the cloud as Microsoft, Google and Amazon, amongst other IT giants have proven. The future looks very bright for cloud technology which is why it’s advisable to consider moving your business to the cloud.

For more cloud computing insights keep your eyes peeled on our blog or chat with a member of our team for advice on how this could benefit your business.

This blog post was written by our intern Dan Fry who is currently studying in university.

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