Cloud Computing is the practice of storing data and applications through the internet as opposed to using your computer’s hard drive. It works differently than virtualized desktops through a network in that it does not need a network attached storage (NAS) device on premise.
Using cloud computing offers businesses many profitable benefits, such as:
- Flexibility: Bandwidth demands generally fluctuate greatly. As businesses grow and add more people to the workforce, or add space to the workplace, the need for greater bandwidth grows. Cloud computing provides flexible, scalable bandwidth for your company. If the market slows, bandwidth needs may be reduced. Using the cloud provides the ability to add to or reduce bandwidth quickly and easily.
- 24/7/365 Availability: Cloud computing offers an always-on feature, allowing your employees to use the service at any time.
- Mobility: Because software and data are accessed through the cloud, it can be accessed from any place as long as you have an internet connection. Employees can access the services whether they are working in the field, or visiting clients at their own places of business.
- Cost efficiency: Companies can use cloud services without having to purchase additional equipment, nor do they have to install new hardware to utilize cloud computing services. There is no need to expand facilities to house extra servers, which also reduces costs for real estate, and utilities to power them.