Cloud computing is one of the largest revolutions for companies since the invention of the cash register. This technology provides associates to access applications from anywhere in the world, delivering infrastructure, platform, and software applications as a service.
While most people have heard of cloud computing, some are reluctant to jump on board. A few don’t understand it while others are leery of security and compliance issues. Many major companies and millions of individuals now use cloud computing for a wide variety of applications. Today, there are more reasons than ever to join the cloud.
Access, availability and speed
In a recent article from InfoWorld, the leading source for information on enterprise technology, David Linthicum, a technology expert, cites a survey that explored the experiences of companies that use the cloud. About 80 percent of respondents with advanced cloud experience reported faster time to market for applications, and 87 percent said they enjoyed faster access to infrastructure. Approximately 65 percent of these advanced users reported higher system availability.
Cloud computing allows many people to work on a single document, such as spreadsheets, word files, and slides at the same time. Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive give users 5 GB of free storage for photos, videos, and documents. Multiple users can simultaneously access documents stored there.
Internetserviceproviders.com cites a potential relationship between computer engineers and designers in which the cloud can play a vital role. Through the cloud, designers and engineers can access individual documents and collaborative documents at the same time.
Video conferencing is becoming increasingly important for industries. Video chatting provides real-time, face-to-face interactions with your colleagues during a meeting. Cloud-based video conferencing is fast, clean, and inexpensive — companies no longer invest to transmit video images.
Secure file storage
The worse enemy of information is often the machine on which it’s stored. Viruses, hardware failures, hackers, and crashes lose an untold amount of business information yearly. Many companies try to avert disaster by storing information on offsite servers, but these servers are still just machines with the same vulnerabilities as a home computer — they crash, they fail, and they can be hacked.
Cloud computing makes backups and live copies of documents continually, storing these copies in several different places to be recalled in case of system failure. Services like DrivePop offer secure file data backup.
Hosting websites are one of the most common uses of cloud computing. While a host could store a static website on a server without any penalty in speed or function, cloud computing provides a scalable solution to those doing transactions or other web-based services so that these companies can provide the same great service during peak times as they do during offseason. Cloud storage is a dynamic solution to industry growth.
In a recent survey by Gatepoint Research, 81 percent of respondents said they were planning to implement cloud strategy into their business. These companies have already recognized the incredible benefits of joining the cloud.