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What is Cloud Computing?

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There has been a lot of hype about cloud computing recently. IT professionals have been conducting a number of discussion sessions about the utilization of Cloud Computing technology in their company’s environment somehow.

The concept of cloud computing is very simple, yet it can be used at an extensive level. However, in order to implement cloud computing in any organization, IT professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of each step involved. From a user perspective, cloud computing does not require any physical presence as the data, software and apps are available through cloud servers over the network.

You can actually imagine the level of ease provided by cloud computing, that I started writing this article on my IPAD while sitting in a park, and I may end up finishing it on my laptop in my apartment without using any jump drive. In fact, cloud computing may outdate external hard drives in next couple of years.

Many examples of cloud computing can be observed on daily basis. One of the major ones are, when you back up your old cell phone data powered by Android or iOS on its designated cloud network, and then restore the exact same data without losing anything on your brand new cell phone. You never stay out of touch with your data, as it stays with you wherever you are.

Not only you can save your personal data such as contacts, pictures, movies, documents and presentations, you can also share them with anybody simply by giving them access to that particular file, without using any flash drive which many times can have a virus, you never know!

Advantages:

  • Tons of applications are available on cloud for various operating systems on cellphones, tablets and laptops. A very obvious example can be Google Drive, where documents can be saved as well as shared simply by giving access to a particular user.
  • Since everything is centralized, many businesses can get advantage of establishing a central database as per their requirement. No more obligations of attaching and emailing the same document and then address it to 20 different people in different cities.
  • Cloud computing has made it convenient for data to be reached where it was never accessible before.

With so many advantages lined up, there are few downsides as well:

Disadvantages:

  • It may save you a few bucks if your company is planning to deploy a private cloud, however, it’s not guaranteed. IT budgets are usually not that big, and especially with the kind of present economy conditions, companies definitely prefer to save cost on any extra hardware expenditure.
  • With cloud technology being so popular within the users, a higher level of service maintenance and security needs to be deployed as well, which could assist in making consumer’s data protected and in reducing the downtime as well.