Cloud computing is a concept in which computing services can be run over and delivered by the internet, rather than by local hardware. These services can include virtually any ordinary computer capability you can imagine, although some (like data backup) are more common than others. The “cloud” is a reference to a centralized location online where data and programs are stored, allowing you to access them from anywhere through your own computer. This can potentially offer a tremendous cost savings for a small business.
Back Up Data
It is vital that your data, including your sales records, inventory data and client information, be backed up regularly to ensure that it is not lost in the event of a system error. With a cloud computing backup system, your data is copied off-site and is updated as you make changes to it on your end. This protects you from drive failures, natural disasters and the like.
Create Functional Mobile Offices
Cloud computing allows you to access many of your essential programs on the go, instead of being tied down to an office network. This means your office can be taken with you wherever you go, since accessing and synchronizing data is so easy.
With cloud computing, you no longer need to use email, flash drives and the like to send files from one person to another. Instead, you can simply access these files through any computer from the cloud.
Store Files Efficiently
Larger files like video, audio and images which occupy large amounts of disc space can be stored in a centralized location instead of being stored locally. This reduces the amount of hard drive space and other system resources you need to purchase yourself.
Minimize the Need for Tech Support
Most business need to hire staff to perform such services as setting up software, installing updates, correcting system errors and the like. In the case of cloud computing, however, the cloud vendor takes care of the maintenance of all the services and applications. Utilize Multi-Application Services
Cloud computing makes it possible to consolidate various application needs like emailing, calendar scheduling, document creation, file storage, website creation, conference calling and so on These can all provided through one agreement for far less than each would cost individually through more traditional means. Reduce the Cost of Application Updates
You continue to utilize the latest features of any application since those provided by cloud computing are generally updated automatically on a regular basis. This saves a lot of money and time compared to continually buying and installing updates for traditional programs. Launch Your Business Faster
Instead of purchasing a server, setting it up and installing all essential software to begin operating your business, you can launch your business and see it grow much more quickly and easily with cloud computing. The need to buy much of the software and hardware once considered essential for business operations is eliminated. The savings to your business can be measured not only in cash, but also in time and frustration, making it possible for you to compete on a much more level playing field with your larger competitors.
David Kendall contributed this guest post on behalf of WhoIsHostingThis.com. David is a freelance technology writer and his articles appear on various technology blogs.