What is Cloud Computing

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‘The cloud’ is not some extremely complex figurative technology like many people seem to believe and it’s not something that only tech geniuses are capable of using. Simply put, the cloud is an internet-based application. Don’t worry we won’t get too technical here. Think of applications such as email, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and even Spotify, these are all cloud-based technologies that most of us use every day, and some of us use multiple times a day, whoops!

But cloud computing is not just about accessing social media to communicate with your friends and family, it is being relied upon to provide essential IT services by more and more companies. The phrase “cloud-first” is becoming a standard when IT teams are looking at developing new services.

What Is Cloud Computing
What is Cloud Computing?

So, we know what cloud technologies are, but what is cloud computing?

Microsoft describes cloud computing as “the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet”.

Benefits of cloud computing

Considering that when you use the internet/cloud for servers, storage databases, etc there’s bound to be some benefits. Right?

Salesforce, a well-known cloud-based technology organisation offers insight into the benefits of cloud computing:

  1. Cost Savings
  2. Security
  3. Flexibility
  4. Mobility
  5. Insight
  6. Increased Collaboration
  7. Quality Control
  8. Disaster Recovery
  9. Loss Prevention
  10. Automatic Software Updates
  11. Competitive Edge
  12. Sustainability

Does stormy weather affect the cloud?

There is a storm of confusion out there regarding cloud computing across pundits, technology insiders, and non-techies alike. A recent survey by Wakefield Research highlights some of the confusion.

Believe it or not, this myth is based on a Citrix survey which has been uploaded to Paperzz for you to view found that 51% of those surveyed thought that stormy weather could affect cloud computing. And that 29% thought that the cloud was… well, an actual cloud.

Will the cloud last?

The simple answer is yes. The cloud has been around for a while, the cloud is everywhere, and we already rely on it so much that it certainly isn’t just another phase that technology is going through.

Most organisations have already moved a lot of their IT infrastructure to the cloud and as more companies add cloud solutions to their services, more people will be able and want to use them as a more affordable way of delivering new and better experiences to you, their customers.

So, don’t be left in the past. Embrace today and the future and learn more about cloud technologies. They are here to stay and provide a large number of benefits to individuals and organisations globally.

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