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Cloud Computing 101

Many businesses are still a little foggy on what the cloud is and what it is used for. You’re probably using Cloud Computing right now, and don’t even realize it. If you use an online service to send an email, edit documents, watch movies, listen to music, play games, store your pictures, and/or save files, you are indeed using the cloud.

Cloud Computing is the delivery of computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking,  software, analytics, and more over the internet. This relatively new technology is a little over a decade old but used across all spectrums of businesses. From start-ups to global conglomerations, government agencies to non-profits, all types and sizes of organizations are embracing the technology of the Cloud.

Some of the things you can do with the cloud are:

  • Create new apps and services
  • Store, back up, and recover data
  • Host websites and blogs
  • Stream audio and video
  • Deliver software on demand
  • Analyze data for patterns and make predictions

Top Benefits of Cloud Computing include:

  1. Eliminating the cost of purchasing capital expense items such as hardware, software, data centers, servers, and IT experts.
  2. The cloud allows for large amounts of computing resources in just minutes. This gives business the flexibility they require and assist in capacity planning.
  3. It delivers the right amount of IT resources when and where you need it.
  4. By eliminating the need for hardware setup, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management tasks, the productivity will increase for other important business goals.
  5. Data backup, disaster recovery, business continuity can be performed more efficiently with less expense.

Each provider offers a little something different in terms of services but the end result is that it is much simpler for IT professionals and developers to order resources and manage their accounts. Cloud computing is a significant shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources and that can be scary. Understanding the options and looking at how it can help your business can make it less intimidating.

**Watch for our article on Thursday about ‘Easing Into the Cloud’

 

Need more answers?  Please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@microage.cc  with all your questions. We are here to help you make the best decisions for your company. 

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